Light Moves: Ireland's inaugural festival of screendance, is here! Thurs 6 - Sun 9 November 2014
Ireland’s first festival celebrating dance on film features beautiful, funny and engaging films for all ages at 69 O’Connell Street and Dance Limerick. For tickets and the full festival programme, see www.lightmoves.ie (click link on right)
Featuring over 60 works from 18 countries, the festival programme includes short films, features and family screenings, plus installations and documentaries selected from an Open Call, all designed to entertain, provoke and invite discussion. Light Moves is curated and directed by Mary Wycherley and Jürgen Simpson in collaboration with Dance Limerick and DMARC (University of Limerick), with additional support from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. Light Moves is a Limerick City of Culture legacy project.
Light Moves programme highlights include the comical ballet Playtime, directed by Jacques Tati, which will be the Irish premiere of the newly restored digital version of the classic film, as well as Alexander Sokurov’s masterpiece Russian Ark.
The programme will also include a series of free screendance installations running daily at Dance Limerick, in addition to special family screenings of Disney’s Fantasia and Mad Hot Ballroom for young and old alike at 69 O’Connell Street (formerly The Belltable).
A programme of six short screenings of curated works received through an international Open call will be presented at Dance Limerick. The Open Call received over 150 film submissions from over 30 countries across the globe. These works were reviewed and selected for the festival programme by Festival Directors Mary Wycherley and Jurgen Simpson.
Light Moves will also include a Symposium running over two days of the festival. Entitled Rooting/ Rerouting Screendance, the symposium will feature a keynote address from the seminal figure in screendance Douglas Rosenberg whose works Here Now With Sally Gross and Circling will also be screened.
The Light Moves Screendance Lab, Screened Dance and The Dance Screen, takes place Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th of November at the University of Limerick. The Lab will be led by some of the most respected international dance film-makers: Douglas Rosenberg, founding editor of The International Journal of Screendance, the award-winning creative team behind GOAT media Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes, and Light Moves co-curator Jurgen Simpson.
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