Tue 10 Nov '15

Tuesdays 7.30pm (beginning 10 Nov)
Dance Limerick Studio

Professional dance artists are invited to take part in a new initiative beginning at Dance Limerick in November.

Initiated by contemporary dance artist Agnese Santoro, participants will be encouraged to practice their improvisational skills, share ideas, develop new concepts and engage in dialogues of movement and sound.
Further details from

Fri 09 Oct '15

Integrated dance company Croí Glan and choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir bring their exciting new show The Rhythm of Fierce to Dance Limerick on Thursday 22 October at 8pm. This unmissable collaboration rides the energy of club classics from the nineties and envelops the audience in a world of fabulous imagination and primal rhythm. Tickets EUR12.00/10.00.

“Rhythm is a dancer
It's a soul's companion
You can feel it everywhere
Lift your hands and voices
Free your mind and join us
You can feel it in the air
It's a passion

Described as “a show for everyone who has ever boogied in their bedroom and felt their fierce freak on the dancefloor”, The Rhythm of Fierce combines the light of dance with the dark of club culture and rewards audiences with a performance that excites, challenges and glitters. Renowned choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir says “Fierceness, fun, fantasy and surprise are the qualities drawn out, creating a porousness between performers and audience”.

Performed by Dawn Mulloy, Mike Daley, Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín, Mary Nugent.
Directed and choreographed by Fearghus Ó Conchúir

Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company is a professional contemporary dance company based in Cork, which performs work that includes dancers with and without physical disabilities. Founded by Tara Brandel and Rhona Coughlan, the critically acclaimed company has earned a reputation for its commitment to integrated innovative dance, both in its performance and education. Croi Glan highlights the artistic value of creating performance with diverse bodies by producing high calibre work by esteemed choreographers from Ireland and abroad, and touring this work nationally and internationally.

Wed 07 Oct '15

Dance Limerick was very pleased to receive a huge number of applications for our Short-Term Residencies 2016.

The following dance artists and their collaborators have been selected to join us at Dance Limerick next year to research and/or develop new work:

Luke Brown
Ruairi Donovan
Rob Heaslip
Beatrice Jarvis
Sheena Kelly
Luke Murphy
Lin Snelling
Ruth Zanella

Congratulations to all and we look forward to welcoming you to Limerick!

All welcome to opening event of Still, We Work, National Women's Council of Ireland exhibition, Mon 12 Oct, 3pm
Tue 06 Oct '15

Still, We Work, a touring exhibition presented by the National Women's Council of Ireland, opens at Dance Limerick on Monday 12 October. All are welcome to the free opening event, an introductory talk by Still, We Work initiator Valerie Connor, followed by a celebratory launch at 4pm.

This touring exhibition seeks to challenge mainstream representations of women and work.
The opening hours will be Mon 12th - Sat 17th October 12 noon-5pm and Sunday 18th Oct 2pm-5pm.

Curated by Michele Horrigan, the Limerick iteration presents Vagabond Review’s photographic series (In)Visible Labour Factorium at Dance Limerick, while artworks by Sarah Browne, Anne Tallentire and Miriam O’Connor are sited at other venues in the city.

For the opening event, Valerie Connor will introduce the conceptual framework driving this exhibition. Her talk will consider the legacies and current iterations of site-specific and participatory visual art practices, in turn reflecting on the intentions behind the working process of the artists in Still, We Work.

On Tuesday 13 Oct at 3pm, there will be a talk on Lady Mary Heath, the 1920s pioneering aviator from West Limerick, by Lindie Naughton, author of Lady Icarus – The Life of Irish Aviator Lady Mary Heath.

In 1928, Lady Mary Heath, born in Newcastle West, County Limerick, flew her tiny open-cockpit biplane from Cape Town to London, the first solo pilot to make the trip. It took her three months in an epic adventure that included forced landings, bureaucratic bungling, hostile natives and a bullet or two.

Never one to sit still for long, Lady Mary had already pioneered women’s athletics in Britain and helped introduce women’s track and field to the Olympics. Hear more about her contribution to a liberal understanding of women’s role in society from Lindie Naughton, author of Lady Icarus - the first full-length biography of Mary Heath.

Other related events take place at Limerick City Gallery of Art and The Hunt Museum during the week.

Mon 05 Oct '15

As We Know It: A conversation between Irish dancers
Sharing | Thursday 8 October | 7.30pm | Dance Limerick

This new work by Sibéal Davitt and Kristyn Fontanella challenges prevailing attitudes within traditional Irish dance. As We Know It takes the form of a frank conversation between a sean-nós dancer and a traditional step dancer, interrogating each other's perceptions while progressing towards a new movement dialogue. All are welcome to this sharing of this work-in-progress.

During their shared experience on the MA Contemporary Dance Performance programme at University of Limerick (UL) in 2013, Sibéal Davitt and Kristyn Fontanella discovered many similarities on their journey from traditional into contemporary movement. After completing the course, they felt compelled to collaborate and create new movement together.

They were delighted to be awarded Dance Ireland’s Mentored Residency in Traditional Dance under world-renowned dance artist and performer Colin Dunne. During this residency, they explored the connections between the established styles of Irish traditional dance (step dance and sean-nós dance) and found a new language of movement to traditional music. This involved looking at sean-nós and step dancing from different perspectives and finding ways in which to create new choreography which is unique to them as traditional/contemporary dancers. While working closely with traditional music, they use different choreographic methods such as spoken word, floor patterns and improvisation.

The aim of Kristyn and Sibéal’s joint choreographic practice is to debunk certain attitudes which exist in the realm of traditional Irish dance. It is their view that a well-recognised division exists regarding the different forms of Irish dance. Irish dancers perceive other Irish dancers to be different, from another world, but are yet all defined under the same title. The piece they are currently working on while in residence at Dance Limerick takes the form of a frank conversation between a sean-nós dancer and traditional Irish step dancer, challenging each other’s perceptions, while also presenting a new movement dialogue unique to both.

They pave an honest and humorous ground to communicate. They are not interested in pasting styles on top of one another, but rather in exploring a mutual language, something they recognise as part of their journey through contemporary dance as traditional dance artists.

Sibéal and Kristyn would love to ask what the future is for Irish traditional dance, or the oxymoronic ‘contemporary traditional Irish dance’, in a world where its meaning has become blurred and also pastiche in a commercial sense.

Dancer Biographies:
Sibéal Davitt
Sibéal is one of Ireland’s leading professional sean-nós dancers. Having won TG4’s talent show ‘Glas Vegas’ in 2009, she went on to perform in Las Vegas and other noted venues and festivals including Electric Picnic, Celtic Connections, the Abbey Theatre and the National Concert Hall. Sibéal learned classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dance from the age of 5 and is currently developing her choreographic practice in the range of Irish traditional and contemporary dance.

Sibéal recently completed an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at UL where she worked with acclaimed choreographers. She was awarded Dance Ireland’s Mentored Residency Award under Colin Dunne in 2014 and performed a work-in-progess alongside Kristyn Fontanella, which is currently being further developed.

She will perform a 'physical proclamation' as part of 'Embodied', a series of 6 solos by Irish female choreographers commissioned by GPO: Witness History Public Art Commission and Dublin Dance Festival in April 2016.

Kristyn Fontanella
Kristyn is a Limerick based dance professional with a broad range of experience in dance and theatre. Best known for her lead role in Gaelforce Dance, her training in many dance forms has taken her all over the world with professional touring companies such as Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. This experience and the influence of her fellow artists on tour has informed her unique expression as a choreographer and her current choreographic process within the worlds of contemporary dance and traditional Irish step dance.

In her short time in Ireland, Kristyn she has choreographed for 4th year students at UL and showcase material for Musical Theatre Ireland in Cork. She was awarded Dance Ireland’s Mentored Residency Scheme in 2014 with Sibéal Davitt for work with Colin Dunne, as received support from Limerick City and County Council for her participation in Limerick Dance Collective’s Sum of Parts in 2015. Kristyn is currently working with Jean Butler on her new duet with cellist Neil Martin, which will premiere in New York this November 2015.

Kristyn is currently a dance tutor at Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL. She holds a BFA in Theatre and Dance from Central Connecticut State University, an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from UL and is a certified Irish Dance Teacher with An Coimisiún le Gaelacha since 2009.

Wed 16 Sep '15

The programme for Light Moves festival of screendance 2015 has been announced. Highlights of this year’s programme include:
- European premiere of 24 Frames Per Second, a multi-arts commission by Carriageworks, Australia’s leading contemporary arts centre;
- Special screening of performance artist Matthew Barney’s Drawing Restraint 9;
- 55 works by 92 national and international screendance artists;
- Screendance Symposium;
- Screendance Lab;
- Children’s Workshops.

Light Moves takes place 19-22 November 2015 in Limerick and is produced by Dance Limerick, in partnership with DMARC (Digital Media and Arts Research Centre) at University of Limerick. Full details and booking information from (link on right)

Now in its second year, Light Moves is Ireland’s only festival dedicated to dance on film and video art with movement as a central theme and is a response to the vibrant and expanding area of dance film/screendance in Ireland. Curated by Jürgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley, the festival combines feature films, invited works, open submissions and explorations of screendance with some of the most respected figures in this field.

24 Frames Per Second, commissioned by Carriageworks, Australia’s leading multi-arts centre, sees ten discrete artworks presented at Dance Limerick, LSAD (Limerick School of Art and Design) and an outdoor installation on Lower Cecil Street. This partnership with Light Moves, which is a European premiere, embraces an expanded notion of dance, with the selected artists practising embodied movement in a variety of forms. Curators of the Carriageworks commission Beatrice Gralton and Nina Miall state: “An encounter with the works in 24 Frames Per Second highlights the exhilarating physicality of dance as it is presented on screen, from individual movement to collective expression, from endurance to exhaustion, from rehearsal to performance”.

Among the feature films presented this year, a festival highlight will be the special screening of Matthew Barney’s Drawing Restraint 9, the most complex instalment in an ongoing series, begun in 1987, which seeks to explore “resistance as a pre-requisite for development and a vehicle for creativity”. In this experimental film Matthew Barney and singer/composer Bjork board a Japanese whaling vessel and don wedding clothing for a special ceremony. This screening has been enabled through the support of the Gladstone Gallery, New York.

A new addition to this year’s programme is the invitation to leading figures in the dance/screendance and performance world to share their experiences through a guest talk. Renowned British choreographer Siobhan Davies will be in public conversation with the Light Moves curators. Siobhan’s work has been shown at some of the most prestigious art institutions in the UK and Europe and her work with David Hinton, The Running Tongue, will be shown at Light Moves as part of the Carriageworks/24 Frames Per Second project. Seminal performance artist Nigel Rolfe will give a talk entitled The Caught In Between. Nigel’s works Track and Into the Mire will be screened as part of the Invited Works programme.

In addition to works invited to the festival, almost 40 open submissions with movement as a central theme will be presented. Over 140 submissions were received from 30 countries in response to an international open call, with those to be shown selected by Light Moves Curators Mary Wycherley and Jürgen Simpson.

An important element of the festival programme will once again be the Light Moves Screendance Symposium, which takes place over two half-days during the festival. The theme of the symposium, “Peeling Away the Layers”, kindles an exploration and interrogation of the tendencies and scope of screendance. The keynote address will be presented by the internationally renowned screendance artist, writer and advocate Claudia Kappenberg, editor of the International Journal of Screendance, while 24 speakers from Europe, the US and Canada will share their experiences, thinking and practice.

The Light Moves Screendance Lab invites choreographers, filmmakers, editors, composers and performers to interrogate, explore and challenge dance filmmaking processes. This two day workshop will be led by Lucy Cash and Marisa Zanotti, two active filmmakers immersed in the world of screendance.

A workshop for young explorers (7-11 yrs) invites budding artists to create sound for film with acclaimed sound artist and educator Slawek Kwi, while for smaller children (3-6 yrs), dance artist and teacher Rachel Sheil will lead an interactive workshop encouraging creative movement through story-based improvisations.

Speaking at the launch of the programme for Light Moves 2015, festival curator Mary Wycherley said “We present a festival of opportunities which offers new and thought-provoking ways of engaging with performance and movement on screen. The works presented explore and expand the notion of choreography, enabling the body to take centre stage whilst advocating screendance as a way of both making film and thinking about film and dance. The exceptional response to this year’s Open Call for works attests to a continued vibrancy in the field of screendance that is evident nationally and internationally, and that reflects a wide spectrum of activity and enquiry”. Co-curator Jürgen Simpson added “We’re especially pleased this year to welcome Australia’s leading contemporary arts centre Carriageworks, whose ambitious commissioning initiative 24 Frames Per Second has enabled the creation of 24 striking new works. Light Moves 2015 is delighted to host the first international exhibition of a selection of these works, with a further selection to be presented in 2016, in conjunction with Limerick City Gallery of Art”.

Light Moves festival of screendance was established in 2014 as a legacy project under Limerick City of Culture. Light Moves 2015 takes place in Limerick, 19-22 November 2015 and follows the highly successful inaugural festival last year. Ireland’s only festival dedicated to dance on film and video art with movement as a central theme, Light Moves is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of dance film / screendance in Ireland and internationally. The festival is curated by Jürgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley and produced by Dance Limerick, in partnership with DMARC, University of Limerick. Light Moves is supported by the Arts Council, Limerick City and County Council, Dance Limerick and DMARC, University of Limerick. See (link on right)

Fri 04 Sep '15

The first Creative Thinking Network meeting in Ireland will be convened by Caroline Bowditch in Dance Limerick on Saturday 12th September.
The purpose of the Creative Thinking Network is to bring people together, who have an interest in arts and disability to
- share information and opportunities
- seek advice and support
- potentially develop new collaborations.
The focus for this first meeting will be on the performing arts. Members will be asked to introduce themselves and their organisations at the beginning of the meeting.

Arts & Disability Ireland’s intention is to test the Creative Thinking Network format here in Ireland. It is hoped that this approach to networking will lead to collaborations and partnerships in different art forms between artists with disabilities, companies, venues, organisations, curators and producers across Ireland.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP to by Wednesday 9th September.
Please include information about any access requirements you may have.

Creative Thinking Network was established as part of Caroline Bowditch’s role as Scottish Dance Theatre’s Dance Agent for Change. It was established to bring together individual artists and arts organisations, across art forms that have an interest in arts and disability. It's open to anyone that it may be relevant to and group members are encouraged to invite any other interested parties.

Examples of previous Creative Thinking Network connections in Scotland:
Ramesh Meyyappan & The Beacon, Greenock
Ramesh was looking for a venue in which to develop a new theatre piece. The Beacon met Ramesh at Creative Thinking Network and offered him space to work in. They also programmed the new work in their venue.

Indepen-dance & Scottish Youth Theatre
Scottish Youth Theatre were seeking experienced practitioners in participatory and inclusive practice to develop a programme of integrated dance in ‘special schools’. Indepen-dance met Scottish Youth Theatre and they collaborated on a schools programme.

About Caroline:
Originally from Australia, Glasgow based performance artist and choreographer Caroline Bowditch, describes herself as a performer, maker, teacher, speaker and mosquito, buzzing in the ears of the arts industry in the UK and further afield. She has choreographed/performed work as Girl Jonah with Fiona Wright, created her own work Proband (2007) - with support from a Wellcome Trust Arts Grant - and co-created NQR and the Long and the Short of It as Scottish Dance Theatre’s Dance Agent for Change (2008-2012).

In 2012, Caroline created Leaving Limbo Landing for the Cultural Olympiad. In 2014, she created Falling in love with Frida, which had a sell-out run at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and won a prestigious Herald Angel award.

Caroline is a founder member of Weave Movement Theatre (Melbourne) and The FATHoM Project (Newcastle). She is Artist in Association with Paragon Music (Glasgow) and a Visiting Professor at Coventry University. Caroline’s consultancy work in accessibility and inclusivity includes ongoing work with Skånes Dansteater, Sweden and most recently with Australian organisations Access2Arts, Arts Access and the Australia Council for the Arts.

While in Limerick, Caroline will be performing ‘Falling in Love with Frida’ on Friday 11th September and she will also lead a workshop on Saturday 12th September, from 2pm-6pm at Dance Limerick.

Photo: Anthony Hopwood

Wed 26 Aug '15

A new term of classes begins at Dance Limerick in early September, so now is your chance to get moving again after the summer!

See below for our full list of classes for the community and click on the links on the right for more info.

Contemporary Dance for Adults
Tuesdays, 6pm-7.15pm
€12 (class) / €60 for six weeks
Re-commences Tues 8 Sept 2015

Limerick Youth Dance
For 15-25yr olds
Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm
€100 per term
Free Taster Session: Wed 16 Sept, all welcome

Ballet for Adults
Thursdays, 6pm-7.15pm
€12 (class) / €60 for six weeks
Re-commences Thurs 10 Sept 2015

Dance Club for Tots
Saturdays, 11am-11.45am
€40 for six weeks
Re-commences Sat 12 Sept - CLASS FULL - please email if you would like to be added to the waiting list for this class.

Dance Club for 5-8yrs
Saturdays, 12am-12.45pm
€40 for six weeks
Re-commences Sat 12 Sept

Dance Club for 9-14yrs
Saturdays, 1pm-2pm
€40 for six weeks
Re-commences Sat 12 Sept

Click links on right for more details.

We look forward to welcoming you to Dance Limerick!

Photo: Alan Place

Liz Roche Company in Residence with Associate Artist Katherine O'Malley
Wed 26 Aug '15

Dance Limerick is delighted to welcome Liz Roche Company back to research "Three Parts Grace", a new solo dance work by associate dance artist and founding member Katherine O'Malley.

“Three Parts Grace” will be produced by Liz Roche Company with the support of an Arts Council Project Award. The piece centres on the subject of forgotten beauty and will be made in collaboration with Limerick based composer Darragh Dukes and both Dublin based filmmaker Mark Linnane and visual/performance artist Fergus Byrne.

Katherine has been developing her work over the past two years, supported by the Arts Council, Liz Roche Company and past residencies at Firkin Crane Cork and Tipperary Dance Residency's TRY programme. For this residency at Dance Limerick Katherine will continue developing the piece joined by her collaborators.

“Three Parts Grace” is set to be presented alongside Liz Roche’s new project “Time Over Distance Over Time”, a collaboration with a stellar group of dance artists in Europe and Australia through the medium of new technologies in relation to time and distance in the creation of live performance. Liz will join Katherine during the residency.

Liz and Katherine will both teach a professional class during the residency:

Liz Roche, Fri 30 Oct, 10am-11.30am
Katherine O'Malley, Fri 06 Nov, 10am-11.30am

The residency will culminate in a sharing and discussion open to the public on Friday 6th November at 2pm.

Youth Arts celebration for Culture Night at Dance Limerick/John's Square
Tue 25 Aug '15

Come and join us in the heart of Limerick’s Cultural Quarter for a feast of music, dance, film and poetry on Culture Night 2015!

Dance Limerick, in association with the BA in Voice & Dance at UL, Music Generation, Fresh Film Festival, Scoil Ui Ruairc, County Limerick Youth Choir, Paddy Mulcahy, Stanzas and a host of others, will celebrate Culture Night with an imaginative showcase of some of our finest young artists.

If last year is any indication, you won’t want to miss this great night!

5.30pm-9pm (ongoing):
Fresh Film Festival screens award-winning short films by filmmakers aged 7-18yrs.

Irish dance ensembles will be performed by Scoil Ui Ruairc, a dance school which has been active in Limerick city since 1929.

Limerick Youth Dance perform live excerpts from their film Stoixeia / Elements.

Young dancers from the BA in Voice & Dance at UL will perform new choreography by Lisa McLoughlin.

Make, with Fresh Film Festival: Come along and we'll make Vines with you using the Vine mobile app*.

County Limerick Youth Choir will perform a programme of choral music spanning genres and centuries.

Music Generation showcase the talents of young songwriters, rappers and musicians from across the city performing their own works.

Music Generation - The teens

Paddy Mulcahy - Composer & Producer

Stanzas take their extraordinary brand of performance poetry out into the night as a fitting finale to the evening's celebrations.

*In an exciting new addition this year, Fresh Film Festival invites young people to make 6 second films based on the theme 'Youth Culture', to be screened on Culture Night. Submit your Vines by tagging your Vine #freshfilmfestival #culturenightlimerick

Tue 11 Aug '15

The full programme for Light Moves festival of screendance 2015 will be launched on Tuesday 15 September at 6pm at Culture House, 2 Pery Square. We are delighted that Paul Johnson, Chief Executive of Dance Ireland, will launch the programme.

Light Moves takes place at Dance Limerick from 19-22 November and follows the highly successful inaugural event last year. Ireland’s only screendance festival, Light Moves is dedicated to the art of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme. The festival is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of dance film / screendance in Ireland. Combining classics, family screenings, invited works, open submissions, and explorations of screendance with some of the most respected figures in the field, Light Moves will feature a host of different events.

Light Moves Screendance Symposium sits within the Light Moves 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.

The theme of this year's symposium is "Peeling Away the Layers", which kindles an exploration and interrogation of the tendencies and scope of screendance. It values an unpacking of current thinking and practices, as well as proposals for future aesthetics within the wider context of art-making and theorising.

Full details to follow on September 15th!

Image: Still from Stoixeia/Elements, by Limerick Youth Dance.

Tue 11 Aug '15

After a sell-out run and a Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014, international performance artist and choreographer Caroline Bowditch brings her beautiful work “Falling in Love with Frida” to Dance Limerick on Friday 11 September at 8pm.

This intimate and enticing performance explores the life, loves and legacy of painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1954). Largely remembered for her artwork, the iconic images she created that explicitly document her lived experience of disability, Frida Kahlo is rarely remembered or acknowledged as a disabled artist. “Falling in Love with Frida” is a celebration: a reclaiming of a disabled artist, a love-like obsession and an enquiry into how we shape what we are remembered for and how much we can really control others’ memories of us.

Falling in love with Frida is being presented at Dance Limerick as part of Elemental Arts & Culture Festival.

Fri 11 Sept, 8pm.
Tickets €12/€10 (conc) /€5 (student)
Click link on right to book (advance booking strongly recommended)
Tickets on the door subject to availability.
Suitable for audiences over 16yrs.

‘The journey of making this piece… has been full of adventure, joy, laughter and tears. I invite you to join me around the yellow table in celebration of one of the finest women that has ever lived.’ Caroline Bowditch

Performed by:
Caroline Bowditch
Welly O’Brien
Nicole Guarino

“An hour of remarkable beauty and joyful humanity”
***** The Herald

“deliciously wry, humorously conversational and disarmingly frank.”
The Herald

“entertaining, enticing and thought provoking."
Arts Awards Voice

Caroline Bowditch describes herself as a performer, maker, teacher, speaker and mosquito buzzing in the ears of the arts industry in the UK. Born in Australia, Caroline now lives in Glasgow. She has already had a stellar career as a performance artist and choreographer including an Unlimited Commission to create a performance as part of the Cultural
Olympiad for the London 2012.


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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