Tuesday, 15 June, 2021 - 18:23
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Isabella Oberländer, Associate Artist

Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance at University of Limerick have come together to offer an Associate Artist programme for a dance artist (based in Ireland) beginning in September 2021. The programme can last for up to one year. The aim is to support the creative practice and organisational  development (if required) of a practitioner with at least 3 years post-college experience, and who has presented at least one (post college) work at professional venue or festival.

Benefits for Artist

The Associate Artist Programme will be individually tailored to the needs of the Artist and in discussion with the Artist once selected. The following list is not exhaustive and some benefits may be less relevant for some applicants.

- A Research & Development fund of €7,000 towards the creation of a new work to be presented at Dance Limerick’s WHAT NEXT dance festival.
- Up to four weeks studio space at Dance Limerick.
- One week at the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance for the purpose of developing research ideas with the MA Contemporary Dance Performance students.
- Technical support if required, from Dance Limerick’s Technical Manager.
- Opportunities to share research and receive feedback.
- Coaching and support from Irish World Academy of Music & Dance faculty staff and associated/guest artists.
- Coaching and support with writing about your work, for application, presentation and proposal purposes from Dance Limerick.
- Support in seeking opportunities for presenting your work, if required.
- Visibility and profile within Dance Limerick’s communications including website and social media.

What Do We Expect

- Active engagement with Dance Limerick’s events, programmes and networking opportunities.
- Confidence in working with students at MA level, in researching and testing ideas.
- Dance Limerick & the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance identified as supporters of work arising from the Associate Programme.
- Dance Limerick & Irish World Academy of Music & Dance logos included in all printed materials of work arising from the Associate Programme.
- At least two News updates for Dance Limerick’s website, over the course of the programme.
- Involvement in evaluation and reflection of the Associate Artist scheme.

How to Apply

Email one PDF document including the below list information, by the end of the day on Wednesday 7 July:

- Artist Statement (max 300 words)
- CV
- Outline of proposed work programme (max 600 words)
- Links to up to three examples of your work (links only, no files)
- Any additional information you would like to share

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted by a selection panel to include the Director of Dance Limerick and the Course Director of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at UL.

Priority will be given to artists who: 

- Have presented at least one publicly performed work to an audience at a professional venue/festival/context;
- Propose a clear programme of work and objectives;
- Have the capacity to initiate opportunities for themselves.


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Dance Limerick exists to support the development of professional dance artists within the Limerick region and beyond.

Through a combination of performance platforms, residency opportunities, master classes, talks and lectures, Dance Limerick will advocate for artistic dialogue and exchange. In collaboration with dance artists across a range of practices, Dance Limerick will promote the creation of new and innovative work and will devise programmes of access, engagement and participation for the wider public.

Based at the premises of the former Daghdha Dance Company, Dance Limerick houses offices and a fully equipped studio space along with a separate performance venue known as the Daghda Space

Further information about facilities and opportunities for professional dance artists available from Jenny Traynor at