Limerick based dance artist, Colin Dunne will be performing in London in May, as part of a major collaboration between the Tate Modern and French company Musée de la danse under its director Boris Charmatz.
Dunne is one of a number of international artists and thinkers who have been invited to participate in 20 Dancers for the XX Century, which takes place in the museum’s gallery spaces for a period of 48 hours.
"Eat Your Children", a new film about Ireland, austerity and dissent, which explores the role of the activist in society, will be screened at Dance Limerick as part of The Limerick Spring Festival of Politics and Ideas.
The Limerick Spring celebrates the role of the citizen in the political life of Limerick. The festival's theme this year is "Citizen Activist – how the citizens of Limerick, Ireland and Europe can shape our own futures into 2015 and beyond".
"Eat Your Children" is a provocation, an inside out activist film, that tries to document something that seems to be invisible. It is a road trip quest by two friends who emigrated from Ireland during the financial crash – now they have come back to find out why Ireland does not resist austerity in the way that people seem to do in the rest of Europe.
The film’s formal use of observational footage, street voxpop, archive material, metaphorical visual essay language mixed with on-the-road verite, makes for a rich and accessible tapestry of audiovisual material that immerses the viewer in the world of the protagonist-filmmakers, who are trying to understand identity, post-colonialism, nationalism, globalisation, resistance and the discontented in contemporary Ireland and Europe.
Ireland’s reaction to the banking crisis asks future generations to keep paying off a dead bank’s debt. Taking its title from Jonathan Swift’s 1729 "A Modest Proposal" that suggested Ireland eat its young as a solution to poverty, "Eat Your Children" continues in this satirical tradition to explore contemporary economic hardship, and the response and lack thereof, to unprecedented austerity measures.
Director, Writer, Producer: Treasa O’Brien
Co-Director & Writer: Mary Jane O’Leary
Stinging Hornet Films
Limerick Youth Dance, run by Dance Limerick, will begin its new term on Wednesday 15 April with an open session for new members at Dance Limerick Studio, John’s Square, Limerick. Limerick Youth Dance is an ensemble of young people aged 15-25 years interested in developing as dancers, performing on stage and screen and meeting other like-minded young people. The open session is a great opportunity for any young person interested in giving dance a go. All are welcome. This session is free and will run from 6pm-8pm.
Limerick Youth Dance meets every Wednesday from 6pm-8pm at Dance Limerick Studio. Joining Limerick Youth Dance means making a commitment to be part of a dance ensemble - a group of people dedicated to dance projects - participating in weekly workshops and meeting other young dancers. Limerick Youth Dance has been very active in the past year, creating and presenting performances with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre, students from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL and producer/composer NUBUS. The members were also part of the hugely successful Culture Night celebration at John’s Square with Music Generation, Limerick Youth Theatre and Scoil Uí Ruairc Irish Dancing School.
Limerick Youth Dance is led by dance artist Angie Smalis. Angie trained and worked professionally as a dance artist in her home country of Greece before moving to Vienna, Austria in 2001 to join the Volksoper Wien. She relocated to Limerick in 2003 to join Daghdha Dance Company. In addition to Limerick Youth Dance, at Dance Limerick Angie also teaches a Contemporary Dance Class for Over 55s every Monday and a Contemporary Dance Class for Adults every Tuesday. She is Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Theatre and Director of Patterns Dance Collective, a group of contemporary dance artists with intellectual disabilities. Angie is also a proud mother of 5!
Filmmakers, choreographers and video artists are invited to submit screendance works for consideration for Light Moves: Festival of Screendance 2015.
The Festival takes place at Dance Limerick from 19-22 November and follows the highly successful inaugural event last year.
The Early Bird submission deadline has now passed. The final deadline is 10 June 2015.
Full details from www.lightmoves.ie (link on right) or by clicking on the files below (Open Call and Terms & Conditions).
Applications are invited for Step Up: Dance Project 2015, an intensive five-week programme of training, rehearsals, performance and development with guest choreographer Hélène Cathala, open to dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years.
Step Up: Dance Project is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.
Please click the link below for full details.
Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 17 April 2015.
Dance Limerick is delighted to present Marble and Bread, a promenade dance theatre piece by choreographer Megan Kennedy, Limerick's first Dance Artist-in-Residence.
The Sailor's Home, O'Curry Street, Limerick.
Performers: Luke Brown, Deirdre Griffin, Marc Stevenson, Tilly Webber.
More details to follow shortly.
Photo by Maurice Gunning
Following his successful residency at Dance Limerick in 2014, we're delighted to welcome back US based dancer and choreographer Luke Murphy to premiere his exciting new work "Your Own Man/Mad Notions", which fuses storytelling, rich imagery and dynamic movement to create a personal essay on the nature of leaving, returning and searching for home.
This intimate and personal piece of dance theatre reveals the quiet story of a man from Cork outside of Cork, a dancer from Ireland away from Ireland and the difficulties of maintaining a long distance relationship with one's cultural identity.
Mark your diary now!
Dance Limerick is pleased to welcome back Maiden Voyage Dance with their new dance show for all the family, which brings four dancers and a cast of 15 chairs together in a riotous and playful game of musical movement.
Let your imagination run free to their mischievous antics and be swept along with music from Bach and award winning composer Brian Irvine.
"an ingeniously executed piece" Belfast Telegraph
Choreographed by Enrique Cabrera.
Maiden Voyage Dance is Northern Ireland's leading dance commissioning company and is well known for producing distinctive dance performances and programmes that stimulate and enrich audiences and participants. The company is artist-led and works with local, national and international collaborators.
Dance Limerick is delighted to welcome back renowned choreographer John Scott to present a vibrant evening of dance this January. "The Big Message" is an exquisite new solo work, performed by the extraordinary French dancer Kevin Coquelard. "Wandering", exploring the notion of the outsider, brings together operatic arias and dance in this exciting new work-in-progress created and performed by John Scott. The evening concludes with the crowd favourite "Actions", a spectacular duet with Ryan O'Neill and Kevin Coquelard.
Not to be missed!
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Inspired by the writings of Seamus Heaney, the Liz Roche Company (Dublin) and Maiden Voyage Dance (Belfast) join forces to perform a new dance work that explores the predicament of living out two conflicting states of mind at once.
Choreographed by Liz Roche and set to an original score by Neil Martin, identities, beliefs, emotions and aspirations are put to the test in this poignant blend of dance, poetry and music. Conflicting identities and habits within oneself, adapting to change and drawing distinctions are at the crux of the piece which looks to Heaney’s quote from Place and Displacement.
Post Show Talk
Join us after the show for a discussion between Liz Roche, theatre artist Mike Finn and Dr Aoife McGrath, Chair of Dance Limerick.
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The Irish National Youth Ballet on its inaugural tour is delighted to visit Limerick City of Culture 2014. INYB has put together an hour long programme to celebrate ballets past and future. Three stunning excerpts from the work of international choreographers Charles Czarny and Royston Maldoom will be performed, along with a ballet choreographed for INYB by Kilian O'Callaghan in 2014.
The four ballets will delight everyone from the youngest to the most seasoned theatregoers and will show the diversity and the dynamism of this young company. A programme not to be missed.... Click link on right to book tickets...
A reminder to all our class participants that, due to Light Moves: Festival of Screendance, there will be no classes on Wednesday (Limerick Youth Dance), Thursday 6th (Ballet) and Saturday 8th (Dance Clubs for Tots, 5-8yrs and 9-14yrs).
Classes will be back to normal next week (week commencing 10th November).
In the mean time, why not have a look at the Light Moves festival programme and come and see some funny, intriguing, engaging and entertaining dance films! Full festival programme is available at www.lightmoves.ie
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