Throughout July, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and Dublin Dance Festival co-hosted a series of focused conversations about dance. These ‘Think Tanks’ are building on important discussions that have already been set in motion about the survival and sustainability of the sector.
Drawing on the expertise of artists, producers, resource organisations, venues, and festivals, we will address urgent issues around making and presenting work, planning for uncertainty, resources for recovery and how to equip the sector for a changed future.
It is our aim that together we will highlight key questions and emerging solutions from across the dance sector as we navigate disruption, and work towards a sustainable future for dance.
Representative contributors from across the sector were invited to come together to discuss three broad themes:
Making Dance Performance - Challenges and solutions around how we can keep making work
Dance of Interdependence - Considering the overall dance ecology nationally and internationally
Shaping Sustainability - Exploring how we can build resilience as a sector and equip ourselves for the future
Dr Aoife McGrath is supporting these events through facilitation and documentation, and a summary of the discussion is shared after each session. Individuals and organisations are invited to offer additional ideas and input in response to the themes.
We hope that by capturing the perspectives, ideas and propositions from this process that we can begin to collectively create a roadmap to support the dance sector and its future direction.
Read the Summary of First Think Tank HERE
Read the Summary of Second Think Tank HERE
Summary for Think Tank 3 coming soon.
Please send your thoughts and contributions to ThinkTanks2021@gmail.com.
We will be updating this page as we receive the summaries of the remaining two Think Tanks.
The High kicks of Limerick are an ensemble of dancers aged 50yrs + who have been dancing together since 2013 in Dance Limerick.
When the yearly High Kicks Performance Project could not go ahead due to Covid-19 restrictions, choreographer and weekly class teacher Kristyn Fontanella and the group decided to move online and virtually dance together. The We’re Gonna Dance with Somebody project was now born!
The project focused on staying connected through a love of dance, even during these difficult and challenging times. The group rehearsed together in kitchens, sitting rooms and gardens through video tutorials and online Zoom dance classes, learning a dance combination to Whitney Houston's I Wanna Dance with Somebody.
In lieu of the usual professional show, dancers recorded themselves and Kristyn created a film that brought everyone together on screen that you can view on this page or here.
Dance Limerick is an arts organisation based in Limerick city. In collaboration with our amazing artists, we present a diverse programme of performances, classes, projects and events that encourage access, engagement and dance participation for everyone in our community.
The current crisis has presented us with an unusual challenge. Dance is experienced and shared through the presence and movement of people and bodies, so we are adapting and learning how to present relevant and meaningful dance in a ever changing framework.
By supporting Dance Limerick you allow us to continue to provide opportunities for dance artists and our audience during the Covid-19 crisis through projects such as our Over 50s Dance Project (more info here), Dance Clubs for Young People (more info here), Summer Youth Performance Project (more info here) and the many more opportunities.
Until we can welcome you back to Dance Limerick again, we need your help to allow these an activities to continue. We know that this is a challenging time for everyone, not just those involved in the arts. With that in mind there are a number of ways you can support us:
Buy a voucher for yourself or someone else
Vouchers provide valuable financial support for us and are a great incentive to visit us once we are back in action to experience amazing dance classes or performances.
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Make a donation
Any donation will aid us to survive the crisis and thrive when it is over in presenting a fresh programme of performances, classes, projects and events for everyone.
Simply keep in touch
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While this period of uncertainty continues, Dance Limerick is eagerly planning for 2021 and is excited to hear from artists and ensembles wishing to present work in our venue in 2021. This call out is framed to align with the deadline for the Arts Council’s call-out for touring projects which is 30 April.
Please do send on proposals / projects to include project outline of theme, length of work, target audience, full length video, tech rider if you have one, and timeframe for presentation to email@example.com by Monday 20 April.
If your piece is 20 minutes or less, we may consider it for inclusion within the What Next dance festival which will run 4-6 February 2021.
This is a regularly updated list of resources for our dance artists and audience including online classes, events, performances and support information. If you would like to add your class / event to this list please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the class details and a link to your website / social media.
TOURING & DISSEMINATION 2021
While this period of uncertainty continues, Dance Limerick is eagerly planning for 2021 and is excited to hear from artists and ensembles wishing to present work in our venue in 2021. This call out is framed to align with the deadline for the Arts Council’s call-out for touring projects which is 30 April. More info HERE.
A list of online dance, movement and fitness classes and workshops catering for all levels and ability from beginner to professional. The classes are a mix of paid, donation and free.
Dance Classes & Performances for International Dance Day - Wednesday 29 April. Every April on International Dance Day, dancers and dance lovers around the world gather to enjoy and celebrate dance. This year you can join in a variety of online classes including hip hop, contemporary and ballet as well as watching live performances. More info at www.dodanceathome.com.
The High Kicks of Limerick: We're Gonna Dance with Somebody. Join our wonderful ensemble of dancers aged 50 years or over, no previous experience required. Let’s stay connected as we stay apart. See HERE for more details.
Hip-Hop dance warm-up tutorial with Rachel Sheil. 30min Hip-Hop warm up including isolations, learning some social dance moves and then a freestyle jam at the end. A great pick me up and way to generate some fun and energy at the start or end of you day. If you are interested you can make a donation through Rachel's PayPal HERE and the video link will be sent to you.
Silver Swans with Emma O’Mahony. Over 55s Ballet and Barre classes. Available on Instagram HERE.
Somatic Movement with Katrin Neue. One to one classes in somatics. A gentle and therapeutic movement approach called Clinical Somatic Education. Website www.somadublin.com.
Conor Davis. Street dance tutorials. Available on Instagram HERE.
CoisCéim Dance Theatre Over 50s Classes with Philippa Donnellan. Dance classes using a variety of skills to suit all abilities. Video tutorials available at www.coisceim.com
Rosas method. Make your own version of Rosas danst Rosas with the companie's 2013 Re: Rosas tutorial. All you need is yourself and a chair. Videos tutorials available at www.rosasdanstrosas.be.
Dance Church Go. High energy live dance classes available at www.go.dancechurch.com.
Gaga method. Learn and practice Ohad Naharin's movement language online. Classes and tutorials at www.gagapeople.com.
Sadlier’s Well. Performances and workshops available at www.sadlerswells.com.
FUNDING / GRANTS / FINANCIAL AID
Recent resources set up for artists in light of the COVID-19 emergency.
The Civic's Artist Emergency Fund. A fund set up by the Civic Theatre, Tallaght to provide financial relief to Irish artists experiencing lost income related to COVID-19. More info at www.civictheatre.ie
Arts Council COVID-19 Crisis Response Award. The Arts Council is introducing a special fund to enable Irish-based professional artists to provide access for the public to new and original art during the period of COVID-19 isolation. More at www.artscouncil.ie.
Culture Ireland and Facebook #IrelandPerforms scheme. Facebook Ireland with Culture Ireland, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht have come together to support and present live presentations by Irish artists. More info at www.cultureireland.ie.
The Science Gallery's Rapid Residency Grant. A new round of experimental grants: virtual residencies available for makers, creators, writers, artists and designers in Ireland. More info at www.dublin.sciencegallery.com
Dance Ireland. Dance Ireland have a comprehensive list of available funding and supports including info on Job Seeker's Allowance and Illness Benefit available to artists at this time, see more at www.danceireland.ie.
In line with government regulations for the management of COVID-19, we are postponing all public facing activities until further notice.
All public facing classes, workshops and performances are now canceled.
We hope all our artists, students and audience stay safe during this time and hope to see you soon.
Percolate Residency: Salma Ataya | 23 - 27 March 2020
In this residency, Salma Ataya will be exploring the idea of how to be a woman in two diﬀerent societies and how things like other people’s behaviour toward us can change our body and our movements. The question is, how can we try and deal with what is happening daily in our life without letting it aﬀect our bodies? Since what is in our mind aﬀects us physically, how can we be ourselves without using a mask to hide who we are and not try to be someone else? From experience and what she has seen in the streets, Salma will take the idea of abuse towards women from both genders and from ourselves to see how that aﬀects the body and if it’s eﬀect is the same in us in any way or if it is diﬀerent depending on who we are and where we come from?
Percolate Residency: Luke Murphy | 2 - 13 March 2020
Of a Mirror and a Bell is a new multimedia opera installation by composer Jerome Begin and directed by Luke Murphy. The libretto derives from traditional Japanese ghost stories as collected and translated, in 1904, by Lafcadio Hearn. Hearn was raised in Dublin by an Irish father and Greek mother, spent decades living in the United States, and passed the last 14 years of his life in Japan, from which vantage point his writings provided one of the West’s first windows into preindustrial Japanese culture.
Building upon his extensive experience with Punchdrunk, Murphy is approaching this work with a highly inventive new approach to promenade theatre aiming to re-contextualise the experience of Opera performance.
Over the residency Luke and Jerome will collaborate with Dancers Rocio Dominguez and Ben King and Opera Singers Margaret Bridge and Seamus Ludden.
For information on Luke's Professional Morning Classes on 4 & 11 March click here.
For information on Luke's Work-in-progess Sharing on 13 March click here.
This research is generously supported by an Arts Council of Ireland 2020 Arts Grant Award.
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 April – May at Dance Limerick.
Choreographer Mary Nunan is working with the group this year to create a new dance performance.
Over the course of 12 session Mary will guide the participants through a series of improvisations during which they will generate some movements and text. She will then choreograph a work based on the material they have created. The choreography will include other elements including music, props and costumes.
Rehearsal Schedule – April – May 2020
Price: €5 per session
Time: 2-4pm Daily
Dates, Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30 April, 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th May
Performance: Saturday 16th May
About Mary Nunan
Mary Nunan’s professional career began when she joined Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre (1981-86). This was Ireland’s first professional contemporary dance company. She was founder Artistic Director of Daghdha Dance Company (1988-1999). Throughout her career she has created a substantial body of critically acclaimed solo and ensemble choreographies that have been performed at national and international venues and festivals including: London (South Bank), Berlin (Podweil Theatre), Munich (Dance ’95), Paris (Pompidou Centre) and Guanajuato (Festival Cervantino), Mexico. The screen adaptation of her dance-theatre work ‘Territorial Claims’ was selected for screening at the Lincoln Centre’s Dance-for-Camera Festival in New York City.
She was a collaborative artist/ performer in a number of works choreographed by Yoshiko Chuma (2000-2003) when Yoshiko was Artistic Director of Daghdha. She was member of the Maya Lila Collective, under the direction of Joan Davis (2002-15) and performed in ‘The Bell’s Shadow’ (2015) a feature length film directed by Mary Wycherley and Joan Davis.
Recent ensemble improvised performances include ‘Rewriting Distance’, (2016) with Lin Snelling and Guy Cools Cools and ‘Tilting’ (2018), with Isabella Oberlander and Mary Wycherley: the latter premiered at LCGA and toured to RHA Dublin. Mary has developed a number of projects in collaboration with theatre practitioner and community activist Monica Spencer. These include ‘Starting with T’ (2014) and ‘Open O’ (2015). Throughout her career she has choreographed and performed a number of solo choreographies most recently ‘The Movement’ was commissioned as part of her activities as Bealtaine national dance-artist in residence in 2107.
Dance Limerick are seeking an experienced Ballet Teacher to lead our popular evening Adult Ballet classes for Beginners and Improvers. The chosen individual will plan and deliver a 6 week term of ballet classes for adults with varying levels of ability.
Dance Limerick has a committed community of individuals who attend our evening classes to get in shape, develop flexibility and to enjoy themselves with like-minded people.
- Experience of delivering ballet classes for adults
- Excellent communication skills
- Passionate, approachable and organised
- Ability to work with a minimum of supervision
Role begins mid-March, Wednesday evenings from 6 - 7:15pm (improver class) & 7:30 - 8:45pm (beginner class).
For more info and to apply please email email@example.com with your CV and a cover letter (introducing yourself and including why you think you would be suitable for the role).
Closing 12pm, Monday 2nd March.
Deadline extended to 17th April, auditions to be held in mid June, date TBC.
Step Up Dance Project 2020 continues to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice. Step Up is curated by Irish born, Marguerite Donlon, International choreographer. She is the Artistic Ballet director and resident choreographer of Ballet Hagen at Theater Hagen. She is also the founder and director of Donlon Dance Collective, A project company based in Berlin. More on Marguerite here.
Step Up aims to enhance young dancers’ professional networks, by connecting them to the Irish and international contemporary dance community, thereby improving professional opportunities for young dancers in Ireland and abroad. The eight-week programme is open to dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years and participants will be selected via audition on 10 April.
This year’s eight-week programme combines:
- Creation of new works with leading choreographers
- Working on specific technical skills from a renowned improvisation teacher
- Learning repertoire from a former dancer with renowned international companies
- Personal and professional coaching
- Performances in Limerick, Galway, Cork and Longford
Creation and Performance of New Choreographies
Oona Doherty, Choreographer (Ireland). Oona is based in Belfast and since 2010, has created and toured internationally dance and theatre works with companies such as TRASH (NL), Abbattoir Ferme ( BE), Veronika Riz (IT) and Emma Martin/United Fall (IRE). Since being selected as an Aerowaves artist, Oona’s choreographies have been seen through Europe and at many high profile festivals including Dance Umbrella in London. More on Oona here.
Lucyna Zwolinska, Choreographer (Poland, Germany). Lucyna has performed with many internationally acclaimed companies including The Forsythe Company, Ballet des Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken and Company Susanne Linke. Her own choreographies have been presented by Stuttgarter Ballett, TANZtheatre INTERNATIONAL and Tanzcompagnie Gieβen among others. More on Lucyna here.
Ursula Robb, Rosas Repertoire and Methodologies (New Zealand, Ireland). Ursula Robb has had an extensive dance career spanning over twenty years, working with internationally acclaimed companies such as ROSAS, Brussels (A.T De Keersmaeker), ULTIMA VEZ, Brussels (Wim Vandekeybus), cie.ZOO, Brussels (Thomas Hauert), among others. Ursula has taught at dance schools and institutions worldwide including P.A.R.T.S (Brussels), The New Zealand School of Dance (Wellington, NZ), the Danish National School of Performing Arts (Copenhagen) and is currently teaching at Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.
Prof Dieter Heitkamp, Improvisation teacher (Germany). Dieter is a professor of contemporary dance at the HfMDK Frankfurt am Main and director of the education department at the ZuKT (Zeitgenössischer und Klassischer Tanz). He is a founder and former collective member of Tanzfabrik Berlin, and was one of their artistic directors until 1995. For the last 40 years he has been working intensively on the study, teaching, documentation and performance of contact improvisation. More on Dieter here.
Eoin Mac Donncha, Ballet master and Rehearsal Director (Ireland). Eoin trained at The Rambert School of Ballet in London before working at various state theatres in Germany including Stadtheater Giessen and Staatstheter Saarbrucken. He has worked with the Cathy Sharp Dance Company, Switzerland, the Expressions Dance Company, Australia, and has danced for Ballet Hagen under the direction of renown choreographers including Wayne McGreggor. Currently, he works as a soloist in Budapest with choreographer Pál Frenák. Eoin has taught at the Hong Kong academy of performing arts in Hong Kong, and has set a piece for the students of the graduating year there.
Eoin will teach morning class and will assist the choreographers and rehearse the new works. He will be in the studio at all times, to assist with artistic matters.
Guest teachers working in Ireland will provide opportunity for participants to connect with Irish-based working choreographers and performers. The teachers in 2020 include Lucia Kickham, Maria O’Malley & Laura Mackin. See www.stepupdanceproject.ie for further information.
Independent dance artists are required to initiate their own opportunities, to manage their career paths and often their own projects. The Personal Development aspect of the Step Up dance project aims to give participants a broad toolkit or road map for taking the next steps in their career path. Activities will include:
Coaching with Rivca Rubin, Personal Coach (England). Rivca encourages artists to ascertain their vision, locate the essence and refine their practice, grow purpose, align practice to values, and create working cultures people engage with, flourish and enjoy working in. More on Rivca here.
Meeting key personnel within the dance field in Ireland
Meeting Step Up Alumni to hear their experiences since participating in Step Up
Workshop facilitated by Jenny Traynor of Dance Limerick emphasising self-empowerment, tips and guidance on presenting yourself professionally, online and in approaches to dance companies, programmers and funders.
Timeframe / Key Dates
The full training / rehearsal / performance period runs from Monday 6 July – Saturday 29 August, using state of the art studios and facilities at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick initially, and then at Dance Limerick, before performing in Limerick, Galway, Longford, Cork and Dublin.
Terms & Conditions
Rehearsals will take place 10.00 – 6.00 pm Monday to Saturday for the duration of the rehearsal period. Some additional hours in the evening or on Sunday will be required, at the discretion of the choreographers.
A full scholarship on the programme includes:
- Accommodation on campus at UL, and subsequently in artist-friendly houses in the city for the second period of rehearsals.
- Tour accommodation and tour travel as required, will be arranged and paid for by Step Up.
- A weekly stipend will be paid toward day to day living costs
Participants must be available on an exclusive basis for the full programme
What’s Not Covered
- Travel Expenses to and from Ireland / Limerick
- Health Insurance
- Visa Costs (if applicable)
How to Apply
We are seeking applications from exceptional young dancers who will graduate prior to Summer 2020 or who have graduated from professional level dance training within the past three years.
Please send your CV and a personal statement describing why you would like to be involved in Step Up and confirming your availability for the full programme which runs Monday 6 July to Saturday 29 August 2020.
Applicants should send web links of recent live dance footage, on stage or in studio to include:
- An excerpt of a dance solo
- An excerpt of improv
Applications should be submitted via email by 5pm Friday 17 April to firstname.lastname@example.org with Step Up Application in the subject line.
A shortlist of applicants will be invited to an audition in mid June, date TBC. Up to eight dancers will be selected from audition to take part in the Step Up 2020 programme and letters of offer will be sent in the week immediately following the audition.
Queries on the application / process can be addressed to Jenny Traynor, Programme Director at email@example.com.
Step Up Dance Programme is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland, the Irish World Academy for Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and the Arts Council.
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