Step Up Dance Project, now in its eight year, once again plays host to some of Ireland’s most promising contemporary dance graduates. Step Up 19 brings a new outlook, curated by Marguerite Donlon (Ireland / Germany), International choreographer and Director of Donlon Dance Collective, based in Berlin. Five promising young dancers have been chosen following a competitive open call and audition process, they are Aliina Lindroos (Finland), Claudia Gesmundo (Italy), Ginvera Cecere (Italy), Juliana Tarumoto (Brazil) and Rosie Mullin (Ireland). The dancers selected are a mix of Irish natives who have traveled abroad to complete their training and seek work, and dancers who have trained in Ireland and are now resident here.
The dancers will train with Eoin McDonagh (Ireland), Rivca Rubin (UK) and Deiter Heitkamp (Germany) and will create new dance works with Marguerite Donlon, Emanuele Soavi (Germany / Italy) and Francesco Vecchione (Italy / Spain), over a period of ten weeks culminating with an Irish tour in August 2019.
The August tour dates are: Monday 26th at Dance Limerick, Wednesday 28th at Backstage Theatre, Longford, Friday 30th at Firkin Crane, Cork and Saturday 31st at Project Arts Centre, Dublin.
Step Up Dance Programme is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick, which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland.
Tour performance details coming soon.
During their residency at Dance Limerick, Eleven Farrer House will bring their new work circle of perpetual choirs into its final stages of exploration and production. They will be experimenting with the work's installative and immersive nature, playing with multiple iterations and different performative structures.
circle of perpetual choirs is a project in round space, where audience are centered inside the choreography. Initiated by Tara Silverthorn and created in collaboration with Eleven Farrer House, it weaves four unique solo dances together into an energetic web. The solos are frameworks for the nourishment and flourishing of personal practice; individual songs within a chorus.
With original sound by composer Sarah Westwood, the work seeks to share a fascination with the aural and acoustical dimensions of movement; with how moving might feel like sounding, and how such subtleties might be experienced, heard, felt by those present.
For information on morning classes hosted by Eleven Farrer House on 14 & 19 June click here.
For information on Farrer House House's work-in-progress sharing on 20 June click here.
Eleven Farrer House is a home. Gathering artists Gaelin Little, Tara Silverthorn, Cat Westwood & Lucille Teppa, creative Initiation shifts from project to project, facilitating an interchangeable structure for constituent members. Individual creativity is nourished through collective exchange, laying ground for actualisation of bespoke works & investigation of practice.
Eleven Farrer House sets conditions for sustainable practice and mutual support of all kinds, exercising democracy throughout the working process. Different backgrounds in somatics and performance underpin making as practice.
Projects supported by Rebecca Skelton Fund, Norfolk County Council, Ballet National de Marseille, Trinity Laban, Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund, Arnolfini, Eastbourne House Arts, Dance Limerick, Dance Base, LIVEBorders, Creative Scotland & Arts Council England.
Gaelin Little trained as a dance artist at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She is also a Somatic Movement Therapist, studying with the Institute of Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy founded by Linda Hartley, a holistic approach based on the principles of Body Mind Centering®, Authentic Movement and Somatic Psychology. Gaelin works within a variety of artistic, educational settings and local communities. She uses her understanding of infant movement development as a basis for working therapeutically for children with physical & learning difficulties. Gaelin has worked for Glasshouse Dance Company, performing in A Little bit of Light, designed for people living with dementia. Gaelin is currently developing her practice and research though a part-time master’s programme in Creative Practice, hosted by Trinity Laban in collaboration with Independent Dance.
Tara Silverthorn is an independent artist in the fields of choreography and performance. Graduating with MA as part of Transitions Dance Company 2009 (Trinity Laban), she has since worked as a performer/collaborator in the UK and internationally with artists including Jana Unmüssig, Claudia Bosse/Theatercombinat, Vera Tussing, Charlotte Spencer Projects, Liam Steel, Rosemary Lee, Riz Ahmed, Laura McGill and Mara Vivas. She collaborates and creates trans-disciplinary works internationally with choreographer / visual artist Asher O'Gorman and sound artist Daniel Lercher. She also co-leads practice-based research with Naomi Lefebvre Sell and Lucille Teppa, entitled Moving as a Thought Process. Tara is currently a movement and bodywork associate for award-winning theatre company Mechanimal. She is a qualified Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist practicing in Bristol, where she lives.
Born in France, Lucille Teppa studied dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Lucille works as an independent dance artist, dividing her time between performance and choreographic practices.
As a performer Lucille has taken part in various projects including company tours, art exhibitions and larger-scale artistic schemes such as Marseille-Provence 2013 – European Capital of Culture (France). Choreographically, her solo works have been presented on several occasions in the UK and beyond. Since 2016, Lucille has been involved in artistic research Moving as a Thought Process, led collaboratively with Naomi Lefebvre Sell and Tara Silverthorn, supported by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music Dance & Arts Council England. With an MA in Literary Translation and Transcultural Studies, Lucille also works as a translator.
Cat Westwood attained a BA (hons) in Dance Theatre at Trinity Laban, working with many influential choreographers, touring internationally as a performer and a creator. Since 2010 she has worked with Arcane Collective, touring Ireland and the USA including the Guggenheim Theatre in New York. Cat returned to Los Angeles for new 'Flower of the Season' pieces in 2018 & 2019, trained in Body Weather Laboratory technique & performed at the Electric Lodge & Venice Beach CA. Her works include ongoing collaboration with Sarah Westwood; dance film 'WATER-face', which received funding from the European Social Fund. Cat is always continuing to develop her knowledge in bodywork practices. She graduated as an MRSS Shiatsu Practitioner at The Shiatsu College Brighton (2016), as well as a CYT Meridian Yoga Teacher and is now Head of Branch at the Meridian Yoga Teacher Training Norwich (2019). Currently Cat is assisting and completing her Shiatsu teacher training at the Shiatsu College, Norwich.
During her residency at Dance Limerick, Isabella Oberländer will engage in depth with a new inquiry focusing on the materiality of the body, spacial relationships and triggering new territories by exploring xenofeminist politics of alienation. “We are all alienated - but have we ever been otherwise?”*
This research aims for a visceral articulation of physicality and thought. Rooted in the dancing body, it will thrive to question and excavate, the starkness of realities and imaginative worlds of otherness. Creating an invitation to a bubbling void of movement, for the development of a new solo work. This research phase was made possible through the Individual Bursary Award of Limerick
City and County Council.
*The Xenofeminist Manifesto: A Politics of Alienation, by Laboria Cuboniks
For info on Isabella's work-in-progress sharing on 27 June click here.
Isabella Oberländer is an independent dance artist based in Limerick, Ireland. Originally from Austria, she studied at IDA - Anton Bruckner University Linz. In 2008 she moved to Ireland to work with Daghdha Dance Company, under the direction of Michael Klien. During her time with Daghdha, she worked with Lucy Suggate, Chase Granoff, Lucy Sexton, Riikka Theresa Innanen, a.o. In 2010 I participated in the DanceWEB Scholarship Program at ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival.
Over the past five years, her interest in cross disciplinary approaches has grown. Subsequently she has worked more frequently on projects situated between the performing & visual arts, with Vivienne Dick, Breda Lynch, Amanda Coogan, Sandra Minchin, Mary Nunan a.o. Recently she worked with Pietro Marullo on ‘Wreck - a list of extinct species’ Dance Limerick, performed in Sara Shelton Mann’s ‘Solo Neutral Follow’ at Dock 11, Berlin, Germany, and showed her own work ‘The End’, a durational performance installation, at What Next Festival Limerick.
Are you a woman aged 18+ years? We want to hear your stories and experiences of work as background research toward a new piece of dance theatre Working Women, Dance.
You are invited to join professional choreographer Philippa Donnellan, to share your experiences of work in the home, outside of the home, in Ireland or abroad. Sessions will combine discussion over a cuppa, alongside movement exploration of how dance theatre is made.
As women, work consumes much of our daily lives whether at home or elsewhere, paid or not. Is the place where you work – warm, bright and cheerful, or perhaps confined, cold or dreary? How would you describe your average working day – is it a bundle of laughs, stressful exercise, eventful activity, an endless chore or something else?
Participants are invited to take part in afternoon (Group 1) OR evening sessions (Group 2):
Group 1 - Tuesday 18 - Friday 21 June - 2pm – 4pm
Group 2 - Tuesday 18 - Thursday 20 June - 6pm - 8pm, Saturday 22 June 11am to 1pm
- Open to women 18+(no upper age limit)
- Basic movement and/or theatre experience required
- Free of charge, however a commitment to participate in week 1 & 2 is required.
Documentation & Consent
Working Women, Dance will include documenting experiences and collecting choreographic and other art-form material via photography, video, audio, and text-based methods. This is designed to inform creation and production of a new women’s dance theatre piece in 2020-21. * During the project, any recording of material will be agreed by participants in advance as appropriate.
What others said about taking part in Body of Work
…’it was such a nourishing experience. The group dynamic was amazing and facilitated so well by Philippa. The creative process though challenging at times was also exciting and such a great shift from the daily desk based life!! It gave space for reflection and processing choices we make and challenges we face, but rarely get to consider them happening or the impact on our lives and bodies!’ Participant Mary Ann O’Donovan
The project ‘gave me the benefit of regular exercise and an opportunity to perform. But the experience was heightened by the people involved. Despite the broad range of ages and backgrounds we bonded with each other easily and have become friends.’ Participant Ruth Lambkin
This Percolate Residency at Dance Limerick is kindly supported by an Arts Council Arts Participation Bursary Award 2018-19.
More info on Philippa's residency here.
Dance Limerick are delighted to bring you a series of Dance Burst Summer Camps during the summer break that cater for all ages. The camps run from Monday 1 to Friday 5 July 2019 between our beautiful studio and unique performance venues in John's Square in the heart of Limerick city.
About the facilitators
Celina Jaffe is a dance artist, choregrapher and teacher based in Limerick. She has performed at Limerick Fringe festival, Limerick Culture Night, Elemental Limerick Arts and Culture Festival, and was part of the Step Up Dance Project in 2017. Celina has recently been artist-in-residence at St.Joseph's national school and teaches contemporary dance for adults and modern dance for young people at Dance Limerick.
Olwyn Lyons is a choreographer, dance artist and community dance facilitator, who specialises in Contemporary and Urban Dance. She is a certified Dance for Parksinson's teacher (Dance for PD® USA, English National Ballet, U.K.) and is a qualified Zumba instructor. Most recently Olwyn was awarded funding from South Dublin County’s Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 to direct a children's show involving primary school children to be staged in the Civic Theatre, Tallaght (April – June 2019).
Rachel Sheil is a dance artist, teacher and choreographer based in Limerick City and a recent graduate of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance, Irish World Academy. Rachel is experienced in contemporary dance and hip hop and is also influenced by K-Pop (Korean Pop) music and dance. She runs a popular Youtube channel called rikilikemagic where she shares her enthusiasm and energy for dance.
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The Art Of Fugue
fugue /fjuːɡ/ noun
1.MUSIC - a contrapuntal composition in which a short melody or phrase (the subject) is introduced by one part and successively taken up by others and developed by interweaving the parts.
2.PSYCHIATRY - a loss of awareness of one's identity, often coupled with flight from one's usual environment, associated with certain forms of hysteria and epilepsy.
Origin: Late 16th century: from French, or from Italian fuga, from Latin fuga ‘flight’, related to fugere ‘flee’.
During her Percolate residency at Dance Limerick, Justine plans to continue her choreographic inquiry and undertake a period of practice-based research. Working with dance artists Emily Kilkenny Roddy, Oran Leong, Justine Cooper and Salma Ataya she intends to take inspiration from Bach's masterpiece Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of the Fugue) BWV 1080, exploring the complex compositional structure of the work through movement.
“Bach plays to God and himself in an empty church”, wrote the composer and critic Wilfrid Millers of The Art of Fugue. Soli Deo Gloria, Glory to God alone.. regularly inscribed at the end of Bach's compositions, a doctrine that everything that is done is for God's glory to the exclusion of mankind's self-glorification and pride. Justine is interested in talking to people about their faith and bringing these conversations into the studio.
“Study Bach. There you will find everything.” Johannes Brahms
In relation to this task, Justine wants to further explore the meaning(s) movement and the body represents or confers, both portrayed and interpreted. Functional, pedestrian, gestural, stylistic, contrapuntal, juxtapositional, disembodied or subsumed. And in what context? She wishes to play with the presentation of disparate elements, and how then, these elements can be perceived in multiple ways. Justine is very much looking forward to having the space and time to research with her collaborators, supported by Dance Limerick and the Arts Council.
For info on Justine's Professional Morning Class on Wednesday 22 May class click here.
For info on Justine's Work-in-progress Sharing on Thursday 23 May class click here.
Working Women, Dance
As part of a 2 week residency, choreographer Philippa Donnellan invites local participants to explore how dance theatre is made.
A little about the project from Philippa:
I look forward to embarking on a journey of discovery with women in Limerick, to consider women’s experiences of work and to ask - what does work mean to you? I am curious and excited about making choreography and devising dance theatre from our experiences and would like to discover more about the activities, places and environments where women work – and the impact these might have on women’s lives and well-being.
Philippa's residency is is 2 parts, an initial week from 17 - 21 June and a final week on 22 - 26 July.
Do you enjoy dancing? Would you like to try something new? Join The High Kicks of Limerick, an ensemble of dancers aged 50yrs or over for a performance project this May.
Inspired by the centenary of the Limerick Soviet The High Kicks will work alongside choreographer Jessie Keenan to create a new dance performance. This work will draw on the increasing pressure and tension between the British Military and the workers of Limerick just before the strike, and the sudden, dramatic breaking point that resulted in the formation of a ten day soviet. The High Kicks will create a dance piece that re-imagines the exceptional atmosphere and energy within Limerick during April 1919.
Rehearsal Schedule - May 2019
Price: €5 per session
Time: 2-4:30pm Daily
Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd
Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th
Thursday 9th & Friday 10th
Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th
Thursday 16th & Friday 17th
Saturday 18th - Performance Day
For more info on the performance or to purchase a ticket to STRIKE on Saturday 18 May at 2:30pm click here.
Limerick Youth Dance Company (LYDC) is a new and budding youth dance group, led by dance artist and choregrapher Rachel Sheil, that committed to the growth of their dancers through weekly training every Saturday, providing guest teachers to learn new skills and developing a sense of individuality through dance.
Auditions were held at the end of 2018 and now the aim of LYDC is to push for excellence with regards to technique and training, and to perform as much as possible. We are always looking for performance opportunities so please get in touch at email@example.com if you are interested.
We believe in the power of dance to guide young people in the development of self-discipline and strength of character. We are excited to show Limerick and Ireland what we have to offer and are hugely grateful also for the support of Dance Limerick!
Studio Friends Scheme | €60 per year | Open Call for Local Artists
In 2019, The Studio Friends Scheme is open for a small number of professional artists interested to develop their work or their practice. The scheme offers 40 hours of studio space which can be used by the hour, day or week and subject to availability. In addition, the subscription will entitle artists to free professional level classes which will run at least once monthly and to concession rate tickets (€10) to Dance Limerick’s performance programmes.
Performance tickets will be available online and will include all booking fees. The total value of the package is approximately €1,000.
Applications are welcome from dance and performance artists living locally. Interested artists should send a CV and a short statement about how they may wish to use the studio space in 2019.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with applications and for more details.
Modes of Capture: The Capturing of Process in Contemporary Dance-making
The Modes of Capture Symposium which will be held at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick in partnership with Liz Roche Company and Dublin Dance Festival is seeking proposals.
The symposium will run from Friday 21 June to Sunday 23 June 2019 at The Irish World Academy.
The theme of the symposium is an exploration of the various means of capturing creative process to engage with the layers, threads, fragments and memories that interweave throughout the process of dancemaking. This will be situated in relationship to the possibilities afforded by the archive, including the idea of the ‘anarchive’ (Manning and Massumi), which rather than seeking to document a past event, endeavours to create a ‘feed-forward mechanism’ for process traces which continue to inform future creations, and ‘Living Archives’ (Kozel) which explores means of mobilizing the archive through technology and site related work.
The symposium invites perspectives on how dance artists document process and deal with questions of transfer and legacy. Situated in Ireland, where the performative and dancing body has often been elided from mainstream narratives, this exploration has particular resonance when questioning what may be lost through prioritising the artefact over lived experience. Therefore, a key aspect of this symposium is what performers in particular can contribute to knowledge about dancemaking, while at the same time, opening up channels for participants to interact outside of the boundaries of either theorist or practitioner according to a variety of logics of practice.
The event invites proposals for scholarly presentations, workshops, process showings and low-tech performances of various formats and is open to experimental or interactive modes that would intersect with the themes or processes in other ways.
The keynote presentation will be delivered on Friday 21st June by Professor Susan Kozel from the University of Malmö, Sweden on the topic of Affective Choreographies and will be followed by a performance of I/Thou by Liz Roche Company at the Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick. A full programme of the symposium performance events will be announced in April ahead of an introductory event to the symposium during Dublin Dance Festival on Sunday 12th May.
In your submission, please highlight the key theme(s) you will be exploring. Also please identify technical or presenting requirements, bearing in mind that we cannot offer high level technical support.
Please email your abstract (300 words) and short biography (including institutional affiliation if relevant) to Jenny.Roche@ul.ie
Deadline for submitting proposals 28 February 2019
Responses will be emailed by 11 March 2019
Symposium committee: Dr Jenny Roche, Liz Roche and Dr Róisín O’Gorman.
A response to the research towards developing “B-ee-p” as part of the Percolate residency programme at Dance Limerick.
Evangelia Kolyra and her collaborators spent two weeks in Dance Limerick for a period of research in December 2018.
See the fascinating outcome of Evangelia's residency HERE.
Choreographer: Evangelia Kolyra
Performers: Kate Hilder, Angeliki Margeti, Juliana Tarumoto
Video editor: Panagiotis Papafragkos
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