Limerick Youth Dance starts back for the new term on Wednesday 18 January with a Free Taster Session!
If you're curious about dance and are aged 15-25, why not join us for this free session to try it out?
All are welcome.
No experience required, just your curiosity and enthusiasm!
Wed 18 January | 6pm-8pm
Dance Limerick Studio
1-2 John's Square
Click on the link on right for more details about Limerick Youth Dance and we hope to see you on the 18th!
IMAGE CREDIT: Lucy Dawson
Connections between past work and current practice are explored in Live Archive, a special performance of choreography from iconic Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre, at Dance Limerick on Saturday 28 January.
Original company members Robert Connor, Joan Davis, Mary Nunan and Loretta Yurick explore some of their previous choreographies, working along with present day early and mid-career dance artists. Through this process of bringing their archive back to life, they open themselves up to what can happen when dance artists re-examine their past work with a new generation of dancers. Tickets €12/€10 are available from www.dancelimerick.ie
Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre was the first state funded contemporary dance company in Ireland and operated from 1979-1989. The company evolved from Dublin Contemporary Dance Studio, set up by Karen Callaghan and Joan Davis to pioneer modern dance in Ireland. Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre (DCDT) rapidly built up a varied repertoire of both original and guest choreographers’ work and many of Ireland’s key choreographers and dancers began their professional careers with the company.
Director/Curator of Live Archive Emma Meehan invited original company members to respond to the archive of DCDT by selecting works they would like to re-visit and dancers they were interested in collaborating with, in order to re-examine and pass on their work. Meehan explains “Of particular interest is the process of re-visiting as much as re-creating the works in their entirety. What happens when dance artists re-investigate their past work with a new generation of dancers?”
Answering this question will be well known dance artist Mary Nunan, who will work with dancer Katherine O’Malley and musician/composer Óscar Mascareñas to re-visit her first choreography Search (1983), based on Samuel Beckett’s Company; Robert Connor and Loretta Yurick will recreate their duet Coupled Reflections (1984) with dancers Eimear Byrne and Anderson de Souza; Joan Davis will explore her choreography Continuum (1986) through a collaborative re-working based on her current practice with dancer Lisa Cahill; and Robert Connor will reconstruct, with Anderson de Souza, the male solo from Lunar Parables (1984) by guest DCDT choreographer Jerry Pearson. Emma Meehan will weave the evening together using stories from the process of working as researcher with the dancers and archive. The performance will conclude with a post-show conversation hosted by Mary Wycherley, Limerick’s Dance Artist-in-Residence.
Announcing details of the performance, Director of Dance Limerick Jenny Traynor said “We are really excited to present Live Archive here in Limerick. Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre was a trailblazer in the development of contemporary dance in Ireland, with many of the original company members going on to become leaders, educators and key influencers here in Ireland and overseas. This is a fantastic opportunity for audiences to see the evolution of contemporary dance and to experience dance as a living, breathing, organic artform. Limerick audiences are in for a very special evening of dance”.
Original Company Members:
Anderson de Souza
Director/Curator: Emma Meehan
Administration & Production Support: Kristyn Fontanella
Poster Design: Neill O’Dwyer
Post-show conversation host (Limerick): Mary Wycherley
Saturday 28 January: Dance Limerick
Saturday 18 February: Firkin Crane, Cork
Live Archive was first performed at DanceHouse, Dublin on the 8th and 9th of December 2016.
Image Credit: Doina (Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre), courtesy of the National Dance Archive of Ireland, University of Limerick.
Sat 10 Dec | 1pm
Dance Limerick Space (St John's Church)
€7 / €5 / Family of four €20
"Every afternoon, the children used to play in the Giant's garden... One day, the Giant came back..." Inspired by Oscar Wilde's well-known short story The Selfish Giant, Limerick Youth Dance presents a new dance theatre piece for young audiences.
Gently exploring the circle of life, the young dancers reflect the changing seasons, friendship and kindness through movement and dance.
Suitable for family audiences.
Professional dance artists and ensembles are invited to submit proposals for projects to be researched and/or developed in 2017 at Dance Limerick.
Residencies are open to national and international dance artists for a period of two weeks.
Please click on the files below for full details and application form.
Closing date: Friday 3 February 2017.
Dance Limerick Studio
16 Nov - 14 Dec
Limerick Dance Collective, a group of professional dance artists based in Limerick, are hosting a new series of Open Labs on Wednesday evenings at Dance Limerick Studio.
Open to experienced movers, the purpose of these labs is to facilitate movement exploration and peer to peer exchange. A different member of Limerick Dance Collective will lead each session, guided by their own choreographic inquiries and investigations. Dancers who participate in the labs may become part of performances in the future.
Wed 16 Nov: Lucy Dawson
Wed 23 Nov: Kristyn Fontanella
Wed 30 Nov: Isabella Oberländer
Wed 7 Dec: Micheal Rowsome
Wed 14 Dec: Lucy Dawson
We're delighted to announce the exciting programme for this year's Light Moves Festival of Screendance.
Now in its third year, this year's programme showcases beautiful, thought-provoking and cutting-edge new work in Limerick venues 3rd-6th November.
Highlights include artists from home and abroad, past and present, including Merce Cunningham, Terence Malick, Olwen Fouéré, Tacita Dean, Jennifer Walshe, Temper-Mental MissElayneous, Laura U. Marks, Vivienne Dick, John Scott, Douglas Rosenberg, and Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion.
The festival is an opportunity for audiences both local and international to watch, learn, film, compose, dance, discuss and participate. The programme includes Irish and world premieres, performances, installations, workshops, labs and talks from leading artists and thinkers from across the world. The festival includes a special focus on work from Ireland, a participatory project for older people and screenings for audiences aged 4+.
Details were announced at Dance Limerick on Tuesday 13th September by festival curators Mary Wycherley and Jürgen Simpson, who were joined by special guest Professor Mel Mercier, Chair of Performing Arts at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, to officially launch the programme.
Mary Wycherley and Jürgen Simpson said: “We invite you to delve into the rich diversity, boldness and vibrancy of screendance; film experienced through the lens of movement and choreography.”
Light Moves will take place in locations across Limerick, including Dance Limerick's home in John's Square at the historic St John's Church, Belltable Arts Centre and Limerick City Gallery of Art.
The festival is produced by Dance Limerick in partnership with DMARC (Digital Media and Arts Research Centre) at the University of Limerick, and is funded by the Arts Council, Limerick City and Count Council and the JP McManus Fund.
For tickets, festival passes and the full festival programme, see www.lightmoves.ie or click link on right.
Click below for programme launch press release.
What is Irish dance… and the space between?
Dancer and choreographer Kristyn Fontanella brings her new work In Limbo to Dance Limerick on Thursday 15 September at 8pm. This new piece explores traditional Irish dance in a contemporary context and asks “What is Irish dance… and the space between?” Tickets €7/€5
As a trained Irish dancer working more recently in contemporary dance, Kristyn Fontanella has developed a sense of being “in-between” the perceived norms of both forms of dance and has spent the last year researching movement that is influenced by both. “Coming from quite a rigid and controlled dance background, I’m using my training in other dance forms to investigate how to move in an honest way, that still has a quality of the tradition in the movement. I’m seeking to break down the dance form to its essential elements and discover how this makes the dancer move in relation to the music; a simplified movement of traditional Irish dance”.
Kristyn has been developing this work with a group of dancers willing to explore and experiment with her: “Thanks to a Traditional Arts Bursary from the Arts Council, I have been able to research and develop this vision with some young Irish dancers who are passionate about discovery and are willing to go outside their own comfort zone in this exploration. I believe this experience will open a new doorway for future generations of Irish dancers – a new tradition of exploration, to carry on for themselves”.
Announcing details of In Limbo, Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, said “We’re delighted to welcome Kristyn Fontanella and her cast for the first public performance of In Limbo. Kristyn is an incredibly hard-working dance artist, who constantly questions her art form and seeks new opportunities to discover and collaborate. We’re excited to see her pushing the boundaries of traditional Irish dance and seeking to carve a new path where the traditional meets the contemporary, and we hope that Limerick audiences will join us to experience this new approach”.
In Limbo will be performed by dancers Sibéal Davitt, Sarah Fennell, Kristyn Fontanella, Laura Lundy, Fiona McCabe, Aoife O’Brien, Cian O’Flynn and Kelsey Schule, with music performed by Aisling Drost, Sharon Howley, Niamh Ní Bhriain and Kevin Prendergast. Choreography/Direction by Kristyn Fontanella, Musical Direction/Composition by Sharon Howley and Lighting Design by Gearóid O hAllmhuráin.
Picture Credit: Karen Goltz
Step Up Dance Project 2016 culminates in the performance of Snapshot, a collection of short dance works, beginning at Dance Limerick on Wednesday 24 August at 6pm. Directed by renowned choreographer Lea Anderson, Snapshot will be performed by young contemporary dancers Millie Daniel-Dempsey, Sibéal Davitt, Lisa Hogan, Emily Kilkenny Roddy and Rachel Sheil. Admission free.
The show will also tour, as follows:
Dance Limerick: Wed 24 Aug, 6pm
The Cube, NUIG: Thurs 25 Aug, 6pm
Firkin Crane, Cork: Fri 26 Aug, 6pm
DanceHouse, Dublin: Sat 27 Aug, 4pm
Inspired by superstars of dance, sport, screen and pop, Snapshot is a portfolio performance of short pieces which have emerged from an intense research period, analysing and sampling movement from footage and photos. Assuming the role of dance historian, the choreographer and dancers have compiled, collated and confounded source material from iconic figures as diverse as Michael Jackson and Muhammed Ali to Martha Graham and Marilyn Monroe. The result is a fascinating coming together of styles, rhythm and drama in a captivating dance theatre experience.
Step Up Dance Project aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. Open to exceptional recent dance graduates, selected via open competition, Step Up is an intensive programme of classes, development, rehearsals and performance, directed by a guest choreographer. The project is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL.
Now in its sixth year, Step Up 2016 sees an expanded programme designed to enhance the participants’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and thereby improve their professional opportunities in Ireland. The new expanded Step Up programme includes the following elements:
- Creation & Performance
- Repertory Programme
- Dancers as Entrepreneurs
- Personal Development
Guest choreographer of Step Up 2016 Lea Anderson is Artistic Director of The Cholmondeleys and Featherstonehaughs, two of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the UK. In 2002, Lea was awarded an MBE for her services to dance, and in 2006 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Dartington College of Arts. In autumn 2014, she was appointed Regents Professor at the University of California in Los Angeles and is currently Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre. Her latest works include a performed exhibition of choreography and costume at The V & A Museum in London, a full-length theatrical piece, Ladies and Gentlemen, and Pans People Papers, an ongoing digital series with filmmaker Marisa Zanotti. Lea recently choreographed How To Talk To Girls At Parties, the latest film directed by John Cameron Mitchell, based on the short story by Neil Gaiman, due for release in 2017.
Commenting on this year’s project, Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick and Producer of Step Up, says “Many young dancers from Ireland train abroad. The Step Up programme is a wonderful opportunity for them to return and re-connect with the professional dance community here. Participants work under the direction of a renowned choreographer, developing their technical and performance skills, and deepening their understanding of the creative process. This is a great opportunity for any young dancer who has the drive, energy and initiative to succeed, and for the audience to witness some of our exceptional young talent. All are welcome, so we’d love our Limerick audience to come and see what some of our best young dancers are up to!”
Additional Info – Dancer Biographies:
Millie graduated in 2015 from the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance with a BA (Hons) Degree in Contemporary Dance Performance. During her training Millie gained experience working with Scottish based company Fuora Dance Project and for Scottish Dance Theatre’s Creative Learning department. Following graduation, Millie performed at festivals in Scotland and Germany before moving to Budapest to take part in Budapest Dance Theatre’s élite training programme. Earlier this year, she worked with the Crossover Project dance company in Berlin.
Sibéal Davitt is a Dublin-born dance artist. Her style of dance is influenced by contemporary, classical and Irish traditional sean-nós dance, having trained in all styles from an early age. In 2009 she won Glas Vegas, a national talent competition televised on TG4, and subsequently performed in Las Vegas and at leading venues around the world. In 2014, Sibéal graduated with an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance (First Class Hons) at UL. As part of this year’s 1916 commemorations, Sibéal performed in RTÉ’s Centenary, televised live on Easter Monday from the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. She also performed Fógraím / I Proclaim as part of Embodied, a series of six solos by Irish female choreographers, commissioned by the GPO: Witness History Public Art Commission and Dublin Dance Festival. Sibéal is currently looking at bridging contemporary and traditional dance in her choreographic practice.
Lisa’s passion for dance and the arts began at an early age and led her to pursue a BA in Voice and Dance at the University of Limerick. She went on to further training at the College of Dance, Dublin, graduating with a professional dance training diploma. Lisa is eager to work towards the many opportunities the dance community in Ireland and abroad has to offer.
Emily Kilkenny Roddy
Originally from County Laois, Emily began her dance training at Bray Institute of Further Education (BIFE), studying jazz, classical ballet and contemporary dance. She choreographed and successfully auditioned pieces for the BIFE end of year showcase for three years and was named Student of the Year in 2013. Having achieved her HND, she went on to study for a BA (Hons) in Dance at the University of Chichester and is due to graduate in October 2016. She has previously performed and worked with international company ATOM- r and dance artists Aisling O’Coineen, Nick Bryson and Karen Gleeson.
Rachel is currently completing her MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL. Her background in contemporary and street dance training influences her solo work. Rachel has worked with choreographers such as Hélène Cathala, John Scott, Iseli-Chiodi Dance and Laura Murphy. Most recently she completed the TRY! residency under Iseli-Chiodi Dance, participated in a dance intensive in Austria, with support from an Arts Council Travel and Training Award and received a mentorship residency award from Dance Ireland, beginning in January 2017. Rachel will perform her MA final solo in September and will continue to develop her choreographic practice and to teach at various locations in Ireland.
Photos by Maurice Gunning
Further info: Dance Limerick (061) 400994 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Five exceptional dancers have been selected to work with renowned choreographer Lea Anderson on Step Up Dance Project 2016.
The successful dancers, selected from a competitive Open Call earlier this year, are:
- Sibéal Davitt
- Millie Daniel-Dempsey
- Lisa Hogan
- Emily Kilkenny Roddy
- Rachel Sheil
Step Up: Dance Project is an intensive dance project which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. It is open to recent dance graduates, selected via a competitive screening process.
The 2016 project runs from 2-27 August. Following four weeks of intensive classes and rehearsals, Step Up will culminate in the performance of an engaging new contemporary dance work, directed by Lea Anderson, which will also tour to Galway, Cork and Dublin. Performances will take place over the last days of the project. Guest dance teachers will also work with the participants over the five week period.
Now in its sixth year, Step Up 2016 sees an expanded programme which will enhance these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and thereby improving their professional opportunities in Ireland.
This new expanded programme includes the following elements:
- Creation & Performance
- Repertory Programme
- Dancers as Entrepreneurs
- Personal Development
Step Up is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL.
Dance Limerick: Wed 24 August
Galway: 25 Aug
Firkin Crane, Cork: 26 Aug
DanceHouse, Dublin: 27 August
Dance Limerick is delighted to announce that renowned dance artist and choreographer Mary Nunan will lead the new season of Contemporary Dance Classes for Adults, beginning on Tuesday 20 September at 6pm.
Tues 20 Sept - Tues 25 Oct (six weeks)
6pm-7.15pm | Dance Limerick Studio
€60.00 (six weeks)
*Free Taster Class on Culture Night, Friday 16 September at 6pm in the Studio*
The aim of these new classes is to provide an opportunity for participants to develop the skill and confidence to dance with ease. Informed by postmodern dance and somatic principles, each class will begin with simple warm-up exercises and build progressively towards more expansive movement phrases which travel out into the space.
All of the activities are based on practices/techniques which will help to release tensions which limit the range of movement. This will, in turn, allow each person to move with greater clarity and efficiency, to regain a sense of the natural flow of their movement and to enjoy their own unique dancing body.
Mary Nunan is a contemporary dance artist/choreographer, performer and teacher. She started her professional career as a member of Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre (1981-86) and went on to become a founder member and Artistic Director of Daghdha Dance Company in Limerick from 1988-1999. During this period she created a substantial body of critically acclaimed solo and ensemble choreographies for the company.
Mary was Course Director of the MA Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL from 1999-2016. She is a very experienced teacher who has taught extensively, nationally and internationally, in a range of contexts. Mary enjoys teaching at every level – from beginners to professional master classes.
Dance artist Sheena Kelly will host two open integrated workshops to coincide with her residency at Dance Limerick.
Dates: Tues 28 June & Tues 05 July
Venue: Dance Limerick Space (St John's Church)
The workshops are free and are open to adults with and without disabilities. Participants should ideally have some dance/performance experience, although this is not essential. Artists working within integrated dance, theatre and/or art are also most welcome.
Sheena will be at Dance Limerick to develop her work Whispers, an integrated piece for four dancers: Sheena herself and Linda Fearon from Northern Ireland, and Lisa Cahill and Deirdre Corry from Limerick. The work explores disjointed spaces and weaves together stories, vocals and movements to engage the audience in every breath and whisper.
Residency: Mon 28 June – Fri 08 July.
Open Sharing: Fri 08 July, 1pm at Dance Limerick.
Mary-Jo Gilligan and Jessica Kelly are in Dance Limerick on a short residency to develop 'A Dancer Drowned', a project about movement and immersion in an interconnected world. The work centres around the mysterious event described in the title, and is evolving through experiments with collaborative writing and internet imagery, as well as the aesthetics and philosophy of dance.
About Mary-Jo Gilligan
Mary-Jo Gilligan is based in Dublin. Her work is typically site specific and participatory, usually performative, often collaborative and is deeply influenced by an interest in public art, relational processes and somatic practice. Since completing studies in the University of Ljubljana and NCAD Dublin, Gilligan has worked with the following commissioning bodies: Portlaoise County Council, Out Of Site, RGKSKSRG, Culturstruction and Dublin City Council. She has also undertaken residencies with Roscommon County Council, ID11 Netherlands, The Performance Corporation, VOID, Fís and Greenstar. Gilligan was the recipient of a studio residency at IMMA 2012/13. Recent work includes Our Listening Field for Foaming at the Mouth Phoenix Park, 2015.
About Jessica Kelly
Jessica Kelly defines her work simply as ‘moving images’. For her, video may be a complex screendance or as simple as a two-frame loop. She also works with performance and text. Collaboration is a frequent feature of her practice, which is influenced by the visual paradigms and implications of the internet, VJ culture and dance. Jessica completed her Masters in KASK (Ghent) in 2014 and graduated from Media in NCAD in 2007. From 2009-10 she was a resident artist of Daghdha Dance Company (Limerick). At present she is based in Dublin, where she is a member of the artist-led initiative Ormond Studios and facilitates LUX Critical Forum. This month her work will be exhibited in 'Homeland Video Loop' at Damer House Gallery in Tipperary and she will also host '(phe)NOM(e)NON' at the Guesthouse Project in Cork, with Chloe Brennan and Irene Murphy.
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