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Arts Council welcomes additional €20 million support package for 2020
Tue 16 Jun '20

The Arts Council has welcomed increased government funding of €20m that brings its annual budget to €100m.

The additional €20 million was announced today (June 16th) by Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD.

The announcement recognises the significant challenges facing the art sector arising from the COVID-19 emergency.

Recent analysis from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform identified ‘arts & entertainment’ as one of the sectors most affected by the COVID-19 shutdown.

Arts Council Chair, Prof. Kevin Rafter said, ‘This additional funding will help the Arts Council protect jobs and livelihoods for individual artists and also assist key art organisations facing financial difficulty. Bringing the Arts Council’s budget to €100m is an important acknowledgment of the arts as a vital part of Irish life. I would like to thank the Minister and her colleagues for responding to the crisis in the arts with this very significant funding increase.’

Arts Council Director, Maureen Kennelly said, ‘Our painters, poets, dancers, musicians, actors and filmmakers show us who we are. We know that this has been an extremely worrying time for people across the industry but today’s news will come as a major reassurance to the public, and to people within the arts sector, that the central place of stories, images, music in Irish life is clearly understood and cherished. We look forward to continuing to work with the government to realise the extraordinary ambition of this rich seam of Irish life’.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 emergency the Arts Council has been in ongoing discussions with government and the wider political system about the impact of the crisis on artists, arts workers and arts organisations throughout the country.

As part of these discussions the Arts Council has already outlined priority areas for the €20m including averting closure of key organisations, expanded commissioning schemes for individual artists and arts organisations across all artforms, and expanded bursary schemes, open to artists and groups of artists to develop their professional practice.

With all these schemes particular attention will be paid to two key Arts Council policies in respect of ‘Paying the Artist’ and Equality, Human Rights and Diversity.

The Arts Council will later this week publish the report of an Expert Advisory Group established last month to frame recommendations to assist the sector respond to the current crisis.

The report of the Expert Advisory Group will also include new research that shows 90% of Irish citizens believe that the arts play an important and valuable role in Irish society and that over one million Irish people participate in the arts every year.

As well as the Chair and Director of the Arts Council, the other members of the group include Lenny Abrahamson, Anne Clarke, Angela Dorgan, Sarah Glennie, Martin Hayes, Fintan O’Toole, Dr Gabriel Scally.

Dance Clubs Online
Mon 15 Jun '20

Dancing Together: Limerick Life Long Learning Festival

Dance Limerick is delighted to once again get involved in the Limerick Life Long Learning Festival. This year's festival theme Celebrating and Building Learning Communities builds on the festival’s overall motto of Communities, Connecting, Learning. We present a series of online dance classes for ages 2-14yrs for the festival. 

Our Online Dance Clubs for Young People are a way for us to continue to share dance with you during social distancing. Let us introduce the excitement and wonder of dance to children through movement, creativity, learning and play in a special online series beamed directly into your home!

There are 2 series of 4 classes available to watch and follow along from 28 September - 30 November 2020.

The series are downloadable but we ask that the videos are not shared online. 

Series 1

Dance Club for 9-14yrs with Rachel

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

Dance Club for 5-8yrs with Sarah

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

Dance Club for 2-4yrs with Aoife

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

Series 2

Dance Club for 9-14yrs with Rachel

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

Dance Club for 5-8yrs with Sarah

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

Dance Club for 2-4yrs with Aoife

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

Dance and Climate Action at Ormston House
Dance and Climate Action - A Guilt Free Conversation
Fri 05 Jun '20

At the beginning of February this year Dance Limerick hosted: Dance and Climate Action - A Guilt Free Conversation, a panel and workshop led by dance artist Lisa McLoughlin in Ormston House. The event explored the role of artists in climate action and brought together individuals working in dance and the arts in Ireland to discuss their work, and making new work, in relation to one of the biggest threats of our time.

Speakers and guests worked together to create a Dance Climate Manifesto 2020, which imagined a future in which dance creates dynamic and radically creative solutions, and practical steps to a healthier future.

With the sudden onset of the Covid-19 crisis in Ireland in March 2020, it has become apparent that the measures and suggestions outlined in the manifesto (keeping work local, reducing travel, slowing down processes etc.) will be applicable now more than ever in how dance artists will work in the future.

You can download and read the manifesto below. 

Think Tanks
Thu 04 Jun '20

Throughout July 2020, 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 summaries below: 

Click HERE for info on Think Tank #1

Click HERE for info on Think Tank #2

Click HERE for info on Think Tank #3

Please send your thoughts and contributions to ThinkTanks2021@gmail.com.

Betty, a member of The High Kicks of Limerick
Watch: The High Kicks
Fri 22 May '20

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, Johns Square
Venue Hire
Thu 14 May '20

Dance Limerick's unique venue, St. John's Church, can be hired for weddings, launches, corporate events, gigs, talks or workshops. 

For information on Dance Limerick as a Corporate Venue click HERE.

For information on Dance Limerick as a Wedding Venue click HERE

Be a Dance Hero Support artists
Tue 07 Apr '20

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.

BUY A VOUCHER HERE

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.

DONATE NOW

Simply keep in touch

Join our mailing list and follow us on Social Media to be the first to hear about news and updates, including online events and programme announcements.

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Photo by Don Moloney.
Arts Council Touring and Dissemination 2021
Tue 07 Apr '20

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 info@dancelimerick.ie 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.

Online Dance Resources
Mon 06 Apr '20

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 info@dancelimerick.ie 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.

 

CLASSES

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.

Dance UL. Tutorials and classes in dance , yoga and fitness. Available on Facebook HERE and Instagram HERE.

Eala Dance and Fitness. Dance, pilates and barre classes. Available on Facebook HERE and Instagram HERE

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

Covid 19 Update
Mon 23 Mar '20

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.

We will adhere to guidelines set out by the HSE here and The Arts Council of Ireland here in relation to our next steps. 

Percolate Residency - Salma Ataya
Tue 10 Mar '20

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
Tue 03 Mar '20

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.

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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
jenny@dancelimerick.ie