What is Irish dance… and the space between?
Dancer and choreographer Kristyn Fontanella brings her new work In Limbo to Dance Limerick on Thursday 15 September at 8pm. This new piece explores traditional Irish dance in a contemporary context and asks “What is Irish dance… and the space between?” Tickets €7/€5
As a trained Irish dancer working more recently in contemporary dance, Kristyn Fontanella has developed a sense of being “in-between” the perceived norms of both forms of dance and has spent the last year researching movement that is influenced by both. “Coming from quite a rigid and controlled dance background, I’m using my training in other dance forms to investigate how to move in an honest way, that still has a quality of the tradition in the movement. I’m seeking to break down the dance form to its essential elements and discover how this makes the dancer move in relation to the music; a simplified movement of traditional Irish dance”.
Kristyn has been developing this work with a group of dancers willing to explore and experiment with her: “Thanks to a Traditional Arts Bursary from the Arts Council, I have been able to research and develop this vision with some young Irish dancers who are passionate about discovery and are willing to go outside their own comfort zone in this exploration. I believe this experience will open a new doorway for future generations of Irish dancers – a new tradition of exploration, to carry on for themselves”.
Announcing details of In Limbo, Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, said “We’re delighted to welcome Kristyn Fontanella and her cast for the first public performance of In Limbo. Kristyn is an incredibly hard-working dance artist, who constantly questions her art form and seeks new opportunities to discover and collaborate. We’re excited to see her pushing the boundaries of traditional Irish dance and seeking to carve a new path where the traditional meets the contemporary, and we hope that Limerick audiences will join us to experience this new approach”.
In Limbo will be performed by dancers Sibéal Davitt, Sarah Fennell, Kristyn Fontanella, Laura Lundy, Fiona McCabe, Aoife O’Brien, Cian O’Flynn and Kelsey Schule, with music performed by Aisling Drost, Sharon Howley, Niamh Ní Bhriain and Kevin Prendergast. Choreography/Direction by Kristyn Fontanella, Musical Direction/Composition by Sharon Howley and Lighting Design by Gearóid O hAllmhuráin.
Picture Credit: Karen Goltz
Step Up Dance Project 2016 culminates in the performance of Snapshot, a collection of short dance works, beginning at Dance Limerick on Wednesday 24 August at 6pm. Directed by renowned choreographer Lea Anderson, Snapshot will be performed by young contemporary dancers Millie Daniel-Dempsey, Sibéal Davitt, Lisa Hogan, Emily Kilkenny Roddy and Rachel Sheil. Admission free.
The show will also tour, as follows:
Dance Limerick: Wed 24 Aug, 6pm
The Cube, NUIG: Thurs 25 Aug, 6pm
Firkin Crane, Cork: Fri 26 Aug, 6pm
DanceHouse, Dublin: Sat 27 Aug, 4pm
Inspired by superstars of dance, sport, screen and pop, Snapshot is a portfolio performance of short pieces which have emerged from an intense research period, analysing and sampling movement from footage and photos. Assuming the role of dance historian, the choreographer and dancers have compiled, collated and confounded source material from iconic figures as diverse as Michael Jackson and Muhammed Ali to Martha Graham and Marilyn Monroe. The result is a fascinating coming together of styles, rhythm and drama in a captivating dance theatre experience.
Step Up Dance Project aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. Open to exceptional recent dance graduates, selected via open competition, Step Up is an intensive programme of classes, development, rehearsals and performance, directed by a guest choreographer. The project is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL.
Now in its sixth year, Step Up 2016 sees an expanded programme designed to enhance the participants’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and thereby improve their professional opportunities in Ireland. The new expanded Step Up programme includes the following elements:
- Creation & Performance
- Repertory Programme
- Dancers as Entrepreneurs
- Personal Development
Guest choreographer of Step Up 2016 Lea Anderson is Artistic Director of The Cholmondeleys and Featherstonehaughs, two of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the UK. In 2002, Lea was awarded an MBE for her services to dance, and in 2006 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Dartington College of Arts. In autumn 2014, she was appointed Regents Professor at the University of California in Los Angeles and is currently Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre. Her latest works include a performed exhibition of choreography and costume at The V & A Museum in London, a full-length theatrical piece, Ladies and Gentlemen, and Pans People Papers, an ongoing digital series with filmmaker Marisa Zanotti. Lea recently choreographed How To Talk To Girls At Parties, the latest film directed by John Cameron Mitchell, based on the short story by Neil Gaiman, due for release in 2017.
Commenting on this year’s project, Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick and Producer of Step Up, says “Many young dancers from Ireland train abroad. The Step Up programme is a wonderful opportunity for them to return and re-connect with the professional dance community here. Participants work under the direction of a renowned choreographer, developing their technical and performance skills, and deepening their understanding of the creative process. This is a great opportunity for any young dancer who has the drive, energy and initiative to succeed, and for the audience to witness some of our exceptional young talent. All are welcome, so we’d love our Limerick audience to come and see what some of our best young dancers are up to!”
Additional Info – Dancer Biographies:
Millie graduated in 2015 from the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance with a BA (Hons) Degree in Contemporary Dance Performance. During her training Millie gained experience working with Scottish based company Fuora Dance Project and for Scottish Dance Theatre’s Creative Learning department. Following graduation, Millie performed at festivals in Scotland and Germany before moving to Budapest to take part in Budapest Dance Theatre’s élite training programme. Earlier this year, she worked with the Crossover Project dance company in Berlin.
Sibéal Davitt is a Dublin-born dance artist. Her style of dance is influenced by contemporary, classical and Irish traditional sean-nós dance, having trained in all styles from an early age. In 2009 she won Glas Vegas, a national talent competition televised on TG4, and subsequently performed in Las Vegas and at leading venues around the world. In 2014, Sibéal graduated with an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance (First Class Hons) at UL. As part of this year’s 1916 commemorations, Sibéal performed in RTÉ’s Centenary, televised live on Easter Monday from the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. She also performed Fógraím / I Proclaim as part of Embodied, a series of six solos by Irish female choreographers, commissioned by the GPO: Witness History Public Art Commission and Dublin Dance Festival. Sibéal is currently looking at bridging contemporary and traditional dance in her choreographic practice.
Lisa’s passion for dance and the arts began at an early age and led her to pursue a BA in Voice and Dance at the University of Limerick. She went on to further training at the College of Dance, Dublin, graduating with a professional dance training diploma. Lisa is eager to work towards the many opportunities the dance community in Ireland and abroad has to offer.
Emily Kilkenny Roddy
Originally from County Laois, Emily began her dance training at Bray Institute of Further Education (BIFE), studying jazz, classical ballet and contemporary dance. She choreographed and successfully auditioned pieces for the BIFE end of year showcase for three years and was named Student of the Year in 2013. Having achieved her HND, she went on to study for a BA (Hons) in Dance at the University of Chichester and is due to graduate in October 2016. She has previously performed and worked with international company ATOM- r and dance artists Aisling O’Coineen, Nick Bryson and Karen Gleeson.
Rachel is currently completing her MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL. Her background in contemporary and street dance training influences her solo work. Rachel has worked with choreographers such as Hélène Cathala, John Scott, Iseli-Chiodi Dance and Laura Murphy. Most recently she completed the TRY! residency under Iseli-Chiodi Dance, participated in a dance intensive in Austria, with support from an Arts Council Travel and Training Award and received a mentorship residency award from Dance Ireland, beginning in January 2017. Rachel will perform her MA final solo in September and will continue to develop her choreographic practice and to teach at various locations in Ireland.
Photos by Maurice Gunning
Further info: Dance Limerick (061) 400994 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Five exceptional dancers have been selected to work with renowned choreographer Lea Anderson on Step Up Dance Project 2016.
The successful dancers, selected from a competitive Open Call earlier this year, are:
- Sibéal Davitt
- Millie Daniel-Dempsey
- Lisa Hogan
- Emily Kilkenny Roddy
- Rachel Sheil
Step Up: Dance Project is an intensive dance project which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. It is open to recent dance graduates, selected via a competitive screening process.
The 2016 project runs from 2-27 August. Following four weeks of intensive classes and rehearsals, Step Up will culminate in the performance of an engaging new contemporary dance work, directed by Lea Anderson, which will also tour to Galway, Cork and Dublin. Performances will take place over the last days of the project. Guest dance teachers will also work with the participants over the five week period.
Now in its sixth year, Step Up 2016 sees an expanded programme which will enhance these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and thereby improving their professional opportunities in Ireland.
This new expanded programme includes the following elements:
- Creation & Performance
- Repertory Programme
- Dancers as Entrepreneurs
- Personal Development
Step Up is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL.
Dance Limerick: Wed 24 August
Galway: 25 Aug
Firkin Crane, Cork: 26 Aug
DanceHouse, Dublin: 27 August
Dance Limerick is delighted to announce that renowned dance artist and choreographer Mary Nunan will lead the new season of Contemporary Dance Classes for Adults, beginning on Tuesday 20 September at 6pm.
Tues 20 Sept - Tues 25 Oct (six weeks)
6pm-7.15pm | Dance Limerick Studio
€60.00 (six weeks)
*Free Taster Class on Culture Night, Friday 16 September at 6pm in the Studio*
The aim of these new classes is to provide an opportunity for participants to develop the skill and confidence to dance with ease. Informed by postmodern dance and somatic principles, each class will begin with simple warm-up exercises and build progressively towards more expansive movement phrases which travel out into the space.
All of the activities are based on practices/techniques which will help to release tensions which limit the range of movement. This will, in turn, allow each person to move with greater clarity and efficiency, to regain a sense of the natural flow of their movement and to enjoy their own unique dancing body.
Mary Nunan is a contemporary dance artist/choreographer, performer and teacher. She started her professional career as a member of Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre (1981-86) and went on to become a founder member and Artistic Director of Daghdha Dance Company in Limerick from 1988-1999. During this period she created a substantial body of critically acclaimed solo and ensemble choreographies for the company.
Mary was Course Director of the MA Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL from 1999-2016. She is a very experienced teacher who has taught extensively, nationally and internationally, in a range of contexts. Mary enjoys teaching at every level – from beginners to professional master classes.
Dance artist Sheena Kelly will host two open integrated workshops to coincide with her residency at Dance Limerick.
Dates: Tues 28 June & Tues 05 July
Venue: Dance Limerick Space (St John's Church)
The workshops are free and are open to adults with and without disabilities. Participants should ideally have some dance/performance experience, although this is not essential. Artists working within integrated dance, theatre and/or art are also most welcome.
Sheena will be at Dance Limerick to develop her work Whispers, an integrated piece for four dancers: Sheena herself and Linda Fearon from Northern Ireland, and Lisa Cahill and Deirdre Corry from Limerick. The work explores disjointed spaces and weaves together stories, vocals and movements to engage the audience in every breath and whisper.
Residency: Mon 28 June – Fri 08 July.
Open Sharing: Fri 08 July, 1pm at Dance Limerick.
Mary-Jo Gilligan and Jessica Kelly are in Dance Limerick on a short residency to develop 'A Dancer Drowned', a project about movement and immersion in an interconnected world. The work centres around the mysterious event described in the title, and is evolving through experiments with collaborative writing and internet imagery, as well as the aesthetics and philosophy of dance.
About Mary-Jo Gilligan
Mary-Jo Gilligan is based in Dublin. Her work is typically site specific and participatory, usually performative, often collaborative and is deeply influenced by an interest in public art, relational processes and somatic practice. Since completing studies in the University of Ljubljana and NCAD Dublin, Gilligan has worked with the following commissioning bodies: Portlaoise County Council, Out Of Site, RGKSKSRG, Culturstruction and Dublin City Council. She has also undertaken residencies with Roscommon County Council, ID11 Netherlands, The Performance Corporation, VOID, Fís and Greenstar. Gilligan was the recipient of a studio residency at IMMA 2012/13. Recent work includes Our Listening Field for Foaming at the Mouth Phoenix Park, 2015.
About Jessica Kelly
Jessica Kelly defines her work simply as ‘moving images’. For her, video may be a complex screendance or as simple as a two-frame loop. She also works with performance and text. Collaboration is a frequent feature of her practice, which is influenced by the visual paradigms and implications of the internet, VJ culture and dance. Jessica completed her Masters in KASK (Ghent) in 2014 and graduated from Media in NCAD in 2007. From 2009-10 she was a resident artist of Daghdha Dance Company (Limerick). At present she is based in Dublin, where she is a member of the artist-led initiative Ormond Studios and facilitates LUX Critical Forum. This month her work will be exhibited in 'Homeland Video Loop' at Damer House Gallery in Tipperary and she will also host '(phe)NOM(e)NON' at the Guesthouse Project in Cork, with Chloe Brennan and Irene Murphy.
Following the open call for films, the third international Light Moves Festival of Screendance Symposium announces its open call for papers and presentations.
The symposium sits within a festival and aims to encourage artistic and scholarly exchange, debate and discussion in screendance and related disciplines including performance, dance, film, visual arts, sound and text. Proposals are invited from practitioners and scholars for max. 20-minute presentations. Experimental and/or group formats of presentation are welcome.
The theme for the 2016 symposium is Identity in Focus – Body, Site and Frame.
It invites considerations on the nature of identity in the fields of screendance, film, dance and media and their relationship to wider fields of study in the context of this theme.
Papers and project presentations may include but are not limited to the following areas:
• Urban and rural identities | boundaries and borders
• Identity (per) forming: age, gender and culture
• Contexts | fluid possibilities
• Landscapes: environmental and geo-political
• Seeing screendance… identifying with… identity beyond…
• Dancing in the frame
• Our identity in relation | otherness
• Embodying history: renewal / appropriation / archive
• Locating bodies in fragmented space and time
• Bodies, galleries and cinematic works exhibited
• Identity in sound and site
• Image identity / movement identity
Proposals for presentations/papers should be emailed to:
Deadline: Thursday 7th July 2016.
(Note: submissions in advance of deadline date welcomed)
Please submit in .doc/.docx format only.
Proposals should be no more than 300 words and must include:
• The title of your presentation
• A maximum 300 word abstract (including brief description of the questions, concepts and topics you wish to explore and how)
• Your preferred presentation format/approach
• A short biography and high res headshot (jpeg) for print programme
• AV requirements
• Website links that support your proposal, where appropriate
Click file below for printable version of Open Call.
Unfortunately, due to personal circumstances, Rosemary Butcher has had to cancel her talk scheduled for Limerick City Gallery of Art on Friday May 13. We regret any disappointment or inconvenience this may cause.
Sunday 15 May | 3pm
Dance Limerick (St John's Church), John's Square
Adm free | All welcome
Since early April, an enthusiastic gathering of people aged 50+ have been meeting at Dance Limerick to learn new moves and create their own dance phrases. Inspired by famous films, classic scenes and iconic movie stars, and led by choreographer Philippa Donnellan, Here’s Looking at You, Kid is now going public!
Come along and celebrate life, laughter and dance with our wonderful new movers.
Admission is free, all welcome. See you at the church!
Here's Looking at You, Kid is a partnership project between Dance Limerick and CoisCéim Broadreach.
Thurs 16 June | 8pm
Ella Clarke Choreography presents '42', a brief personal examination of how a dancer becomes an artist. Part biography, part history exposition, a kind of TED talks dance. “I have attempted in creating this performance to understand what has made me the artist I am, why I love chaos but only if it’s ordered, and what use will it all be when the plane goes down in flames”.
Application Deadline: Tuesday 3 May
Auditions: Wednesday 25 May
Project Dates: 2-27 August 2016
Performances: 24, 25, 26, 27 August
Step Up: Dance Project is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick, which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland.
In its sixth year, Step Up 2016 is delighted to announce an expanded programme of training, rehearsals, performance and personal development for six selected dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years.
The Step Up programme will enhance these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and thereby improving their professional opportunities in Ireland.
This new expanded programme includes the following elements:
- Creation & Performance
- Repertory Programme
- Dancers as Entrepreneurs
- Personal Development
Creation & Performance
The creation and performance of a new dance piece by Choreographer Lea Anderson (UK).
The rehearsal / performance period will run from 2 - 27 August. Dancers will reside at UL during the rehearsal period, using state of the art studios and facilities at the Irish World Academy. Accommodation will be provided and participants will receive an honorarium for their involvement to assist with travel and living expenses. Performances will take place on 25, 26 and 27 August at Dance Limerick, Firkin Crane in Cork and DanceHouse in Dublin respectively.
Further information about Lea Anderson is available at www.leaanderson.com
The Repertory Programme - Learning and Performing Repertory:
This new addition to the programme enables Step Up dancers to work with professional artists on the reconstruction/setting of existing choreography. Participants will gain an understanding of choreographic ideas and their historical context, and will develop their technical and performance skills through different working practices, genres and techniques, resulting in a final public sharing.
The Repertory Programme will take place over two weeks (12 days) with a prominent Irish choreographer and one other choreographer (either national or international, to be announced shortly). In addition, to the training, the Repertory Programme enables participants to work with choreographers beyond what would be available in a day-long workshop or audition, thereby facilitating a more embedded connection between choreographers and participants.
Dancers as Entrepreneurs:
Increasingly, independent dancers and dance artists are required to work in an entrepreneurial fashion, initiating opportunities for themselves and managing their own projects. This programme will run over 1-2 days in January 2017.
Sample topics may include:
• Developing a portfolio for presenters and for funding applications
• Writing funding applications / writing about your work
• Producing a project / show
At the end of the training, participants will have a toolkit or road map for initiating and managing their own projects.
In 2016, Step Up aims to facilitate further opportunity for the professional development of young dancers. This element of the Step Up programme offers a menu of options. Participants may choose one element from the sample menu below, or may initiate an area of their own in which they wish to develop. The Step Up Programme Manager will assist with initiating the appropriate conversations with the chosen organisations.
Sample menu of options:
• Working with an artist-in-residence to deliver a particular aspect of the artists’ local programme.
• Working with a company during their research period towards the creation of a new dance piece.
• Taking a series of classes or training opportunities at Dance Ireland, Firkin Crane or Dance Limerick.
• Working with Dublin Dance Festival in a developmental capacity. This might be on audience development, volunteer co-ordination etc.
• Working with a mentor to develop critical writing skills with a view to reviewing dance performances.
• Developing knowledge around working with socially engaged practice by participating in events or workshops organised by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts.
We are seeking applications from exceptional young dancers who will graduate in summer 2016 or who have graduated from professional level dance training within the past three years.
Applicants must be born in, or resident in the Republic of Ireland and have a strong dance technique.
Please send your CV and a web link of recent dance footage, along with a one-page cover letter describing why you would like to be involved in the project. Please include an indication of your availability to participate in the whole programme.
Please e-mail applications by the deadline 5pm, Tuesday 3 May to email@example.com with Step Up Application in the subject line.
A shortlist of applicants will be invited to audition on Wednesday 25 May. Six dancers will then be selected from audition to take part in the Step Up 2016 programme. Letters of offer will be sent immediately following the audition.
Step Up: Dance Project, is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick.
For any questions about the application process, please contact Jenny Traynor at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 061 467813.
Click on link below for printable version of this Open Call.
Light Moves festival of screendance has announced its Open Call for Film Submissions for this year’s festival, which takes place in Limerick from 3-6 November 2016.
Filmmakers, choreographers and video artists are invited to submit for consideration screendance works which embrace dance and all forms of movement through the art of film and video art.
Submissions should be made via the festival website www.lightmoves.ie
Closing date: Friday 27 May 2016.
Prizes will be awarded to both established and student practitioners for works submitted via the Open Call.
Click on links below for full details, terms and conditions.
Works which will be considered include:
- Long films exceeding 20 minutes duration to be presented in a cinematic context.
- Short films not exceeding 20 minutes duration to be presented in a cinematic context.
- Short films and video art to be presented on individual displays in a gallery/installation context.
- Student films in which the director and/or the choreographer is a registered student on a course up to and including MA level.
In addition to films which embrace dance, submissions that reflect the unique potential of cinematography and sound as well as alternative forms such as animation and computer modelling will also be considered. While previously screened works are accepted, recent works will be given particular consideration in the selection process.
Announcing the Open Call Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick which produces Light Moves, said “We’re very excited to announce this year’s Open Call for film submissions for Light Moves. The standard of work submitted by Irish and international practitioners since the festival began two years ago has been extremely high, so we’re very much looking forward to viewing this year’s entries. Filmmakers should note our earlier than usual deadline and make sure to have their entries with us by the 27th of May”.
Light Moves is Ireland’s only festival dedicated to the art of dance on film and video art with movement as a central theme, and is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of dance film / screendance in Ireland and internationally. The festival combines classics, family screenings, invited works, open submissions and explorations of screendance with some of the most respected figures in the field. Light Moves is curated by Jurgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley and produced by Dance Limerick. Light Moves is supported by the Arts Council, Limerick City and County Council, Dance Limerick and DMARC, University of Limerick.
Image: Still from Liquid Gold is the Air, by Roswitha Chesher & Rosemary Lee, winner of the Light Moves 2015 Festival Prize.
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