Monday, 13 May, 2019 - 16:10
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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

Participation Info

- 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


National Dance Residency Partnership
Aerowaves 2021 Open Call
Step Up 2021

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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