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
Tickets for Dreams Under My Feet are available online!
Dreams Under My Feet brings you to a place where time is suspended, musicians fly, dancers soar through the air… anything is possible! Aerial dance, traditional Irish dancing, set dancing and music, contemporary dance and rap… it’s all here, so come and follow this promenade show from inside the church to outside on the square and up to the skies!
Performance Dates & Times:
Saturday 25 October: 2pm & 3.30pm
Sunday 26 October: 12pm, 2pm & 3.30pm
John’s Square, Limerick
€5.00 (individual) / €15.00 (family ticket)
Please click the "Book Tickets" link on the right to find the performance date and time of your choice.
Advance booking strongly recommended.
Presented in association with Dance Limerick, Limerick City of Culture and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.
Light Moves: Festival of Screendance, was a great success! The festival included feature length films, short film screenings, panel discussions, symposium speakers and an extensive mentored and technically supported Dance Film Lab.
The Festival was the first of its kind in Ireland and dedicated to the art of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme. Combining invited works and open submissions, LIGHT MOVES featured a host of curated screendance events in the exceptional setting of Dance Limerick, John’s Square.
LIGHT MOVES was curated and directed by Mary Wycherley and Jürgen Simpson and produced by Dance Limerick with Festival Partner DMARC (Univ. of Limerick) with additional support from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (Univ. of Limerick). It was a Limerick City of Culture legacy project.
For the full festival programme see the Light Moves website (link on right)
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.
To celebrate Culture Night 2014, John’s Square - outside our doors here at Dance Limerick - will spring to life with an imaginative showcase of Limerick youth arts groups including Limerick Youth Dance, Fresh Film Festival, Music Generation, Limerick Youth Theatre and Scoil Uí Ruairc Irish dancing school.
Join us for live music, dance, theatre and film screenings for all ages. All welcome!
Friday 19 September 2014
Dance Limerick Residencies 2015
Closing Date 10 October 2014
Professional dance artists and ensembles are invited to submit proposals for projects to be researched and/or developed in 2015 at the studio, or the performance space, 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:
1. professional dance artists with space and some support for research, experimentation, practice development and/or performance of new work
2. local dance professionals with opportunities for interaction and networking
The selection is competitive and the selection panel will choose artists who can make the best use of the facilities available and who will have a positive impact on the professional dance community.
Dance Limerick also has a particular interest in receiving applications from artists who wish to:
a) premiere new work at Dance Limerick
b) engage with local non-dance communities e.g. through conversations or research workshops, possibly leading to the making of new collaborative work
As part of each Residency, we encourage artists to share their work either through a work-in-progress showing or through a talk. First Fridays, an initiative of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at UL, is now well established in Limerick and this forum provides the opportunity for artists to share and talk about their work with like-minded professionals and advanced dance students. As the name suggests, this forum meets on the First Friday of each month and we try to programme residencies at Dance Limerick to coincide with these dates.
Both Dance Limerick and the studios at UL are accessible to wheelchair users.
About our 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 if premiering new work at Dance Limerick
What Dance Limerick can provide
• 2 weeks studio time
• If required, support in identifying local communities within whom you may wish to work
• Accommodation provided for up to 4 artists/collaborators in apartments or artist-friendly houses depending on availability at the time of the residency
• A contribution of up to €30 per person toward travel costs for up to 4 artists/collaborators
• Peer feedback if showing work at First Friday session
• Residency listing in our printed and online newsletter
What Dance Limerick asks in return
• That resident artists deliver a company class, at least once each week during residency
• That artists interact with the local dance community through sharing of work or a talk about your work
• That you contribute a news item for our website
• The Dance Limerick logo on all future publicity materials relating to the work resulting from your residency
• Your feedback and suggestions
Criteria for selection - Applicants must demonstrate:
• A close fit with the aims of the Residency
• A proven track record in making 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 panel on the basis of the above criteria.
Applications should be made on the accompanying application form and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date for receipt of applications is Friday 10 October 2014
Limerick Dance Artist-in-Residence Megan Kennedy is hosting auditions on Tuesday 14 October in Limerick for a new production in March 2015.
Megan Kennedy is looking for four high-calibre professional contemporary dancers with strong technique and versatile performance style. Please send your CV, photograph, and a short movement video clip (no longer than 3 minutes) to email@example.com.
Closing date Friday 19 September
Applicants must be available for the following rehearsal and performance dates, to be held in Limerick:
March 2nd - March 28th inclusive
This residency is a partnership between the artist Megan Kennedy, Dance Limerick and Limerick City & Council Council and is supported by The Arts Council.
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