Following five weeks of intensive training and rehearsals, Step Up Dance Project 2015 culminates in the performance of an engaging new contemporary dance work, “Hopscotch”, which opens at Dance Limerick on Thursday 6th August at 6pm. Choreographed by international dance artist Hélène Cathala, “Hopscotch” will be performed by young contemporary dancers Amy Robyn Lyster, Hayley Cunningham, Jessie Keenan, Marion Cronin and Olwyn Lyons. The show will also tour to Firkin Crane in Cork on Friday 7th and DanceHouse in Dublin on Saturday 8th August. Admission free. Further details from www.dancelimerick.ie
“Hopscotch” explores the predicament of five individuals caught in a game where the rules are constantly changing. Confronting the reality of being part of a group, they ask: How do we deal with rules? How can we trick each other? How can we survive? Do we struggle or surrender? Although childish and sometimes unreasonable, the rules of the game reveal a framework which could be a metaphor for our lives: Games can turn to cruelty and a playground can become a battlefield, but with the start of each new game, joy and energy re-appear.
Now in its fourth year, Step Up Dance Project aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. Open to dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years, Step Up is an intensive programme of classes, development, rehearsals and performance, directed by a guest choreographer. The project is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.
Guest choreographer of Step Up 2015 Hélène Cathala is a renowned French contemporary dance artist who worked as a dancer and close collaborator with Dominique Bagouet and Trisha Brown from 1989-1992. In 1993, Hélène co-founded the Compagnie La Camionetta with Fabrice Ramalingom, with whom she created numerous dance productions. She then initiated a collective project for research and experimentation, Changement de Proprietaire (Change of Ownership), in Montpellier. In 2006 she embarked on a solo career, forming her own company Hors Commerce, investigating the world of dance, theatre, literature and choreography. Irish audiences recently saw Hélène in Liz Roche Company’s world premiere of “Bastard Amber” at The Abbey Theatre, as part of Dublin Dance Festival.
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. Those selected to participate work with a renowned choreographer, they participate in professional classes with some of Ireland’s leading contemporary dancers and they perform in front of an audience largely comprised of invited guests from the dance sector in Ireland. 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 emerging talent. All are welcome and the admission is free, so come and see what some of our best young dancers are up to!”
Admission is free, but space is limited, so please email email@example.com to reserve your place.
Photo: Maurice Gunning
Professional dance artists and ensembles are invited to submit proposals for projects to be researched and/or developed in 2016 at Dance Limerick Studio, or Dance Limerick Space (St John's Church), depending on the nature of the project. Residencies are open to national and international dance artists in all genres for a period of two weeks.
The Residency aims to provide:
- professional dance artists with space and support for research, experimentation, practice development and/or performance of new work
- the local professional dance community with opportunities for professional development
The selection is competitive and artists will be selected on the basis of who we think can make the best use of the facilities available and who will have a positive impact on the Limerick dance community.
Dance Limerick also has a particular interest in receiving applications from artists who wish to:
a) premiere new work at Dance Limerick at the end of their residency
b) engage the local non-dance community (through talks/ workshops/ performances or in the initiating of new collaborative work with communities of place or interest)
As part of each Residency, we encourage artists to share their work either through a work-in-progress showing or through a talk for their peers.
About Dance Limerick Residencies:
Residencies may be for the following purpose(s)
1: Exploration, research, development and experimentation, or
2: Taking an already developed idea to the next stage, or
3: Rehearsal / production weeks toward premiering new work at Dance Limerick.
Dance Limerick can provide:
- 2 weeks' studio time
- Accommodation provided for up to 4 artists/ collaborators in apartments or artist-friendly houses
- A contribution toward travel costs for up to 4 artists/ collaborators
- Residency listing in our printed and on-line newsletter
- Peer feedback / mentoring if required.
In return, Dance Limerick requests the following:
- That resident artists deliver a company class, at least once each week during residency
- Interaction with the local dance community through sharing of work or a talk about your work
- That you contribute a news item for our website
- That the Dance Limerick logo be included on all future publicity materials relating to the work resulting from your residency
- Your feedback and suggestions for future residency opportunities
Criteria for selection:
Applicants should demonstrate:
- A close fit with the aims of the Residency
- A proven track record in making and presenting dance work
- A focus on new work that will be interesting / relevant within a local context and to local artists
- The ways in which the residency will contribute to the artist’s development and to his/her work
- A financial capacity to undertake the residency on the basis of what Dance Limerick can offer
- Feasibility, particularly within the context of Dance Limerick's budget
Proposals will be assessed by a selection panel on the basis of the above criteria.
Applications should be made on the accompanying application form (click file below) and emailed to:
Closing Date for receipt of applications: Fri 4 Sept 2015
Dance Limerick and Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council are pleased to announce that contemporary dance artist and filmmaker Mary Wycherley will be Limerick’s new Dance Artist-in-Residence.
Mary’s appointment will provide the opportunity for her to connect with the Limerick community through collaborative opportunities, mentorships and curatorial activities, as well as supporting her creative practice.
The Dance Artist Residency scheme is a partnership between the artist, Dance Limerick and Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council and is funded by the Arts Council. The residency is based at Dance Limerick’s impressive facilities for dance at John’s Square.
As an artist, director, curator and educator, Mary Wycherley has long been an advocate for innovative modes of presentation for dance and movement. Her work embraces live performance, choreography and film and has been presented at festivals and galleries throughout Ireland, Europe and the US. Her screendance feature film “In the Bell’s Shadow” premiered in 2015 and is being shown internationally including the Galway Film Fleadh, The Lighthouse Cinema and the American Dance Festival. Mary has forged ongoing collaborations with internationally renowned artists such as Joan Davis, Mary Nunan, Jürgen Simpson and Yoshiko Chuma. She is a director and curator of Light Moves, Ireland’s first festival of screendance, and a guest lecturer at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL.
Announcing details of the scheme, Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, said “We’re really pleased that Mary Wycherley will be our new Dance Artist-in-Residence. Mary has extensive experience in dance and screendance/film and we’re very excited that she can bring this expertise and vision to the project. Mary takes over the mantle from Megan Kennedy, who led a number of exciting initiatives over the past year, including the dance theatre production “Marble and Bread” at The Sailor’s Home and the setting up of Limerick Dance Collective. We’re really lucky in Limerick to have another artist of such high calibre taking over the role and we’re really looking forward to working with Mary over the next 12 months”.
Dr Pippa Little, Assistant Arts Officer with Limerick City and County Council, stated: "Limerick Arts Office is delighted that this partnership, with artist Mary Wycherley and Dance Limerick, will bring new dance work to audiences in Limerick and nationally. This residency makes an essential contribution to the cultural ecology of dance in Limerick. It offers new opportunities to dance practitioners, through Mary’s strong mentoring role, presents newly commissioned work and, with Light Moves, Ireland’s festival of screendance, which Mary directs and curates, creates a space for innovative work in screendance. These types of partnerships are a rewarding and valuable way of developing strategies for audiences and form a vital approach to Limerick 2020, the bid for European Capital of Culture".
Mary Wycherley added “I’m delighted to have this time to engage with ideas, people and the city and county of Limerick. Focusing on cultural and political questions within the creative process, I am looking forward to exploring new approaches, developing new materials, and forging new collaborations”.
Dance Artist Residency Scheme
The purpose of the Dance Artist Residency scheme is to stabilise and support a network of dance artists in residence throughout Ireland. The work programme for each residency is designed by the dance artist in collaboration with their host venue and local authority. The Dance Artist Residency in Limerick is a partnership between the artist, Dance Limerick and Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council. Funded by the Arts Council, the aims of the scheme are:
- to consolidate professional and community-based dance practice in a regional context;
- to offer opportunities to dance artists throughout Ireland to engage in a programme of artistic work relevant to their own practice;
- to offer opportunities to local authorities and organisations/venues to develop dance practice in their area;
- to encourage the development of long-term planning and sustainability of independent dance activities.
Following the open call for films, Light Moves festival of screendance is pleased to announce its call for presentations and paper proposals for inclusion at the
Light Moves Symposium 2015: Peeling away the layers.
The symposium sits within the Light Moves festival,
19-22 November, and aims to encourage artistic and scholarly exchange, debate and discussion in screendance and related disciplines including performance, dance, film, visual arts, sound and text.
Proposals are invited from practitioners and scholars for max 20 minute presentations. Experimental and/or group formats of presentation are welcome.
The theme for this year’s symposium is
"Peeling away the layers".
Papers and project presentations may include but are not limited to the following areas:
- Screendance as a language for social, cultural and political conversations.
- Let’s talk about digital:
:: Challenging the allure of High Definition.
:: The ubiquitous camera.
:: Primitive technologies, embracing artefact and rediscovering lo-fi.
- Screendance conventions and the interplay between mainstream and experimental practices.
- Mediating and experiencing time in screendance (uninterrupted, compressed and expanded time)
- Harnessing performativity; liveness in screendance.
- Confronting stereotype (body, dance and location)
Proposals for presentations and papers should be emailed to
Deadline: Friday 07 August 2015
Please submit in PDF format only.
Proposals should be no more than 300 words and should include:
- The title of your paper or presentation
- A maximum 300 word abstract (including brief description of the questions, concepts and topics you wish to explore and how)
- Your preferred presentation format/approach
- A short biography
- A/V requirements
- Website links that support your proposal, if available.
The Light Moves Screendance Symposium is hosted by Dance Limerick and DMARC, University of Limerick.
Light Moves festival of screendance 2015 takes place at Dance Limerick from 19-22 November and follows the highly successful inaugural event last year.
Ireland’s only festival of screendance, Light Moves is dedicated to the art of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme. The festival is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of dance film / screendance in Ireland.
Curated by Jurgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley, Light Moves combines classics, family screenings, invited works, open submissions, and explorations of screendance with some of the most respected figures in the field, Light Moves will feature a host of different events.
Further details from www.lightmoves.ie (link on right)
The first Citizen Brainstorming Session will take place at Dance Limerick on Wednesday 17th June from 4pm to 6pm to meet and discuss Limerick's bid for European Capital of Culture 2020. This get together will be an opportunity to share ideas that can help feed into the 2020 Bid Book.
Format as follows:
4.00pm - Tea/Coffee
4.30pm - Introduction, Mike Fitzpatrick, Limerick 2020 Bid
4.35pm - Breakout sessions with facilitators helping to draw together 4 themes
5.35pm - Presentation of ideas
5.50pm - Thank you and conclusion
(I) What are the 'hard' issues culture should be addressing in Limerick?
(Ii) How do we make culture in Limerick more inclusive?
(Iii) What do you think should be in the programme for 2020?
(iv) What can Europe learn from Limerick and vice versa?
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dance Limerick is delighted to welcome Hélène Cathala as guest choreographer of Step Up Dance Project 2015.
Hélène Cathala worked as a dancer and close collaborator with Dominique Bagouet and Trisha Brown from 1989-1992. In 1993, she co-founded the Compagnie La Camionetta with Fabrice Ramalingom, with whom she created numerous dance productions. She then initiated a collective project for research and experimentation, Changement de Proprietaire (Change of Ownership), in Montpellier. In 2006 she embarked on a solo career, forming her own company Hors Commerce, investigating the world of dance, theatre, literature and choreography.
Step Up Dance Project is an intensive five-week programme of training, rehearsals, performance and development, open to dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years. The project is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, and aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland.
The five dancers, selected from an Open Call earlier this year, who will participate in Step Up: Dance Project 2015 are:
- Amy Robyn Lyster
- Hayley Cunningham
- Jessie Keenan
- Marion Cronin
- Olwyn Lyons
The Step Up programme will enhance these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and improving their professional opportunities in Ireland.
Working with Hélène Cathala, they will create a new dance work to be performed at Dance Limerick, Firkin Crane in Cork and DanceHouse in 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.
6th July - 8th August
Dance Limerick: Thurs 6th August
Firkin Crane, Cork: Fri 7th August
DanceHouse, Dublin: Sat 8th August
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 email@example.com 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
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