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SEE | OBEY, featured work from 2017 festival
Light Moves 18 Launch
Mon 27 Aug '18

Join us for the programme launch of Light Moves Festival of Screendance 2018 by Dr Jill Cousins, Director of 
The Hunt Museum and be the first to see what's coming to this year's festival.

The festival invites you to explore a weekend full of intriguing film, music, workshops & unique encounters that showcase the future of dance on film from 8-11 November in Limerick city.

Programme details available at www.lightmoves.ie from 26 September.

Image: Still from SEE | OBEY, featured work from 2017 festival.

Regan O Brien
Percolate Residencies
Wed 22 Aug '18

Regan O'Brien | 24 September - 5 October

Regan's residency research focuses on her piece Bounding, a live, science-fiction performance project with a strong inter-disciplinary dynamic between dance, writing, installation, music and social choreography. Bounding focuses on the embodied experience of ‘performance’ from the perspective of the pregnant body. It is a searching for the story of a body mutated by nature and rejected by society. All wildish and terrified this is a space in which to explore the strength in vulnerability and the skills acquired in the process.

Throughout her residency O’Brien will facilitate friendly, creative meetings with groups of interested mums who are interested in exploring the skills and abilities they acquired through their mutation into m/Other. Please contact regsobrien@gmail.com to express your interest.

Andrea Rama | 8-19 October

Andrea's residency is a part of the choreographic research of the project Megachurch. Megachurch is a dance solo, which contradicts the violence of sensation and the violence of representation in a surrealistic environment. It marks out the possibilities of optical facts, that do not yet constitute a fact. 

The performer, is a phenomenal item, with a torso-driven dance and an emphasis on articulations of the hips. Andrea, and his collaborator Xeni Alexandrou, will use this residency in order to discover the maximum possibilities of this torso-driven dance and to limit the participation of the arms and legs. They will work on the flow of the movement and create a situation where the dance sequences have no boundary points: no beginning and no end.

As a conclusion they will examine the flexibility and grace that produces the body of a male performer, in this context of movement.

Professional Morning Classes

Regan O Brien - Friday 28 September and Wednesday 3 October. Click here for details.

Andrea Rama - Friday 12 and Wednesday 17 October. Click here for details. 

Kate Hilder and Seke Chimutengwende
Percolate Residency Artists 2018
Wed 30 May '18

We had an amazing response to our Open Call for applications for Percolate, our Artist Residency Programme, receiving a high number of submissions from various parts of the world. We are delighted to announce that the following dance artists have been awarded a residency to create/develop new work at Dance Limerick from June - August 2018: Deirdre Griffin | 11 - 22 June | Work-in-Progress showing Friday 22 June Deirdre is a Dublin-based dance artist. Since graduating from Fontys Academy, she has performed extensively with Irish choreographers and companies including the Looseysmokes, Thisispopbaby, Catherine Young Dance and most recently Junk Ensemble. Deirdre will use her studio time to reconnect with her choreographic practice and to collaborate with composer Craig Cox in developing a framework for a new dance and music piece which takes Hope as its central theme. Stephanie Scheubeck | 22 July – 3 August | Work-in-Progress showing Friday 3 August Stephanie is a movement artist and film-maker. Her area of research is the relationship between synaesthesia and dance with the aim to promote synaesthesia as an example of diversity in society. Stephanie will work with two musicians Ferdinand Kavall and Ciaran Markey, and dancer, Matt Cleary, to discover and elaborate new artistic implementations of the theme with either a focus on analogue visuals and sound or with a featuring of digital media. Art & Synaesthesia Workshop with Stephanie | Thursday 26 July | 6-8pm | Dance Limerick Studio | €5 This multi art form workshop centres around synaesthesia, a fascinating neurological phenomenon where the senses blend. The workshop is open to all levels of experience in art and dance. Come along & let’s boost our creativity! Dance, imagery, sound, drawing and painting enrich one another in a creative exchange. Through somatic movement we tune into our sensory perception, let vivid imageries arise stimulated by music and sounds which we will translate into creative drawings and paintings. In vibrant improvisations we translate the paintings and drawings into dance. Kate Hilder | 12 – 24 August | Work-in-Progress showing Thursday 23 August Kate is a Feldenkrais practitioner with an interest in Action Theatre and Improvisation. Kate will work with Edinburgh-based dance artist Skye Reynolds and with London-based artist Seke Chimutengwende to develop her solo and duet performance practice. Professional Classes | 10-11:30am | Dance Limerick Studio | €7 or free for studio subscriber Deirdre Griffin - 15 & 20 June Stephanie Scheubeck - 27 July & 1 August Kate Hilder - 15 & 22 August

STEP UP DANCE Programme 2018 - Participants Announced!
Thu 24 May '18

Step Up Dance Programme, now in its seventh year, once again plays host to some of Ireland’s most promising contemporary dance graduates. Following a national open call, shortlisted applicants were invited to audition and six dancers were selected to take part in the prestigious programme. The dancers selected are a mix of Irish natives who have travelled abroad to complete their training and seek work and dancers who have trained in Ireland and are now resident here. The selected dancers are Rocio Dominguez, Katrina Galvin, Mintesinot Getachew, Rebecca Lee, Evgenia Sizmina and Kathy Young. The participating dancers will rehearse at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick and at Dance Limerick. This year, the dancers will work under the direction of Catherine Young. Catherine is Artistic Director of her own company Catherine Young Dance. Her most recent work which have been highly acclaimed include State of Exception, Welcoming the Stranger, and Ultima Thule. In addition to creating new work, the dancers will reconstruct repertory work by John Scott and, with Daniel Squire, by Merce Cunningham. The three works by Young, Scott and Cunningham will form a triple bill programme to be performed at Dance Limerick, Cork, Galway and DanceHouse, Dublin. Step Up Dance Programme is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and the University of Limerick, which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. It is an annual intensive programme of training, rehearsals, performance and development for selected dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years. The specific elements of the programme include • Working with high profile choreographers to create new work • Working with Professional Dance Artists to enable the dancers in the reconstruction/setting of existing choreography • Development Workshops and Information Sessions • Independent Development / Study 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.

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Percolate Residencies at Dance Limerick
Percolate Residencies 2019
Tue 24 Apr '18

Dance Limerick: Short-Term Residencies 2019

Professional dance artists and ensembles are invited to submit proposals for projects to be researched and/or developed in 2019 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.

Aims
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 local dance community. Dance Limerick also has a particular interest in receiving applications from artists who wish to:

  1. premiere new work at Dance Limerick at the end of their residency
  2. engage local artists (through talks/ workshops/ performances or in the initiating 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 debate/discussion with invited peers.

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 toward premiering new work at Dance Limerick

What Dance Limerick can provide

  • 2 weeks studio time
  • Accommodation provided for up to 4 artists/collaborators in studio apartments or artist-friendly houses.
  • A contribution of €150 per artist toward living costs – payable to the lead Applicant
  • 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 period
  • 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 the Artist’s and Dance Limerick's budgets

NB Dance Limerick can put the Residency artist in contact with local dance artists if the residency research/work depends on the input of other artists. In such instances, the Residency Artist should be in a position to provide a small fee or stipend for the local artist. Proposals will be assessed on the basis of the above criteria by a selection panel. Applications should be made on the accompanying application form and emailed to jenny@dancelimerick.ie Closing Date for receipt of applications is Friday 8 June 2018

Open Submission for Films - Light Moves 2018
Open Submission for Films - Light Moves 2018
Mon 09 Apr '18

Light Moves Festival of Screendance is excited to announce the opening of submissions for our fourth festival taking place 8 – 11 November 2018 in Limerick, Ireland.

Light Moves invites filmmakers, choreographers and video artists to submit screendance works for consideration for the forthcoming 2018 programme of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme. The festival will take place in Limeick, Ireland at venues across the city including Dance Limerick and Belltable. Submissions can be made via FilmFreeway.com

Deadline (Extended): Monday 23 April 2018

Light Moves welcomes works which embrace dance and all forms of movement through the art of film and video art. Submissions that attend to the unique potential of choreography, performance, cinematography and sound, as well as alternate forms such as animation and computer modelling will all be considered.

To submit you film go to www.lightmoves.ie / for info email info@lightmoves.ie

Light Moves 2018 Open Call Announced
Wed 31 Jan '18

Light Moves Festival of Screendance is excited to announce the opening of submissions for our fourth festival taking place 8 - 11 November 2018 in Limerick, Ireland.

Light Moves invites filmmakers, choreographers and video artists to submit screendance works for consideration for the forthcoming 2018 programme of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme. The festival will take place in Limeick, Ireland at venues across the city including Dance Limerick and Belltable. Submissions can be made via FilmFreeway.com (see link to right)

Deadline: Friday 20 April 2017
Light Moves will award a range of prizes to both established and student works for films submitted via the Open Call.

Works considered shall include:
- Long films exceeding 20 minutes duration to be presented in a cinematic context
- Short films not exceeding 20 minutes duration to be presented in a cinematic context
- Documentaries (please see terms and conditions)
- Student films in which the director and/or the choreographer is a registered student on courses up to and including MA level degrees
- Works for the cinematic context will be presented at scheduled screenings with the facility to screen in HD, up to 2.39 widescreen and in stereo or 5.1 surround sound.

Light Moves welcomes works which embrace dance and all forms of movement through the art of film and video art. Submissions that attend to the unique potential of choreography, performance, cinematography and sound, as well as alternate forms such as animation and computer modelling will all be considered.

Please note: In 2018 Light Moves will curate installations by invitation only. Therefore, unlike previous years, Light Moves will not be accepting installation type submissions via the open call.

For full details, including submission fees please read the Terms & Conditions prior to submitting your film.

Queries regarding film submissions can be made via info@lightmoves.ie

Daniel Squire
STEP UP DANCE PROJECT 2018 - OPEN CALL
Tue 30 Jan '18

Step Up: Dance Project has announced its Open Call for recent dance graduates to apply for the 2018 programme.

Step Up: Dance Project is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland, the Irish World Academy for Music
and Dance at the University of Limerick and the Arts Council. It aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. The programme comprises of training, rehearsals, performance and personal development for six selected dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years. The programme will enhance your professional networks by connecting you to the Irish contemporary dance community, thereby improving your professional opportunities in Ireland.

This programme includes:

1. Creation and Performance of a new dance piece with Choreographer Catherine Young

Catherine is a Dance Ireland Associate Artist and a UK Bench Fellow. Her most recent works include 'Ultima Thule', 'Woman Stood Regardless' and 'Welcoming the Stranger' which opened the 2017 Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival in Palestine. She is a guest lecturer/choreographer on the BA and MA programmes at the University of Limerick and has worked and studied with many international choreographers and companies including Nacera Belaza (Alg/Fr), Lacina Coulibaly (Kongo BA Tereia Dance Company (Africa), Retina Dance Company (UK/Belgium), Wendy Houstoun (UK) and Hofesh Shechter Company (UK).

Catherine has been commissioned to create a new work with this year’s Step Up participants which will be
performed in Limerick, Galway, Cork and Dublin. Further information about Catherine Young is available at
www.catherineyoungdance.com.

2. Learning and Performing Repertory with Choreographers John Scott and Daniel Squire

This element of Step Up enables dancers to work with two choreographers on the reconstruction/setting of existing choreography. Participants will gain an understanding of choreographic ideas and their historical context and will develop their technical and performance skills through different working practices, genres and techniques, resulting in a final public sharing.

The Repertory Programme will take place over two weeks (12 days) from Monday 30 July to Saturday 11 August. In addition to the training, the Repertory Programme enables participants to work with choreographers beyond what would be available in a day-long workshop or audition, thereby facilitating a more embedded connection between choreographers and participants. In 2018, the two repertory pieces will be performed and toured in a mixed bill along with the newly commissioned.

3. Development Workshop and Information Sessions

Increasingly, independent dance artists are required to initiate their own opportunities and to manage their own projects. Running over 2 days in November, the workshop will include:

• Meeting key personnel within the dance field in Ireland
• Developing a portfolio for presenters and for funding applications
• Writing about your work

At the end of the training, participants will have a toolkit or road map for taking the next steps in their career
path.

4. Independent Development / Study

This element of Step Up facilitates further opportunity for your professional development. It offers a menu of options from which you may choose one element (see sample menu below). Alternatively, you may initiate a development area of your own. The Step Up Programme Manager will assist with initiating the appropriate conversations with the chosen organisations.

• Working with an artist-in-residence to deliver a particular aspect of the artist’s local programme.
• Working with a company during its research period towards the creation of a new dance piece.
• Taking a series of classes or training opportunities at Dance Ireland, Firkin Crane or Dance Limerick.
• Working with the Light Moves Festival in a developmental capacity. This might be on audience development,
volunteer co-ordination etc.
• Working with a mentor to develop critical writing skills with a view to reviewing dance performances.
• Developing knowledge around working with socially engaged practice by participating in events or workshops
organised by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts.

Time frame / Key Dates

The full rehearsal / performance period for the creation of new work with Catherine Young and the Rep Artists, John Scott and Daniel Squire, will run from Monday 30 July – Saturday 8 September using state of the art studios and facilities at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL initially, and then at Dance Limerick, before touring to Galway, Cork and Dublin 6-8 September.

Terms & Conditions

• Rehearsals will take place 10.00 – 6.00 pm daily Monday to Saturday for the duration of the rehearsal period. Should additional hours in the evening be required, participants are expected to be available for these too.
• Accommodation will be provided for the first part of rehearsals on campus at UL, and subsequently in artist friendly houses in the city for the second period of rehearsals.
• Tour accommodation and tour travel as required, will be arranged and paid for by Step Up.
• A stipend of €150 weekly will be paid to each participant
• Participants must be available on an exclusive basis for the full programme.

Applications

We are seeking applications from exceptional young dancers who will graduate in summer 2018 or who have graduated from professional level dance training within the past three years. Applicants must be born in, or resident in the Republic of Ireland and have a strong dance technique.

Please send your CV and a personal statement describing why you would like to be involved in Step Up and confirming your availability for the full programme.

Applicants should also send web links of recent live dance footage, to include:

• 10 minutes of contemporary technique class material, ideally of you performing during the class in which you learnt it. If not, then footage of you performing the material outside of the class setting is also acceptable.
• An excerpt of a solo (performed in a studio or live performance)
• An excerpt of a group piece, in a studio or live performance
• Please identify yourself clearly (in group footage) so we know who you are

Applications should be submitted via email by 5pm Monday 5 March to stepupdanceproject@gmail.com with
Step Up Application in the subject line.

A shortlist of applicants will be invited to audition in Limerick in March. Six dancers will then be selected from audition to take part in the Step Up 2018 programme. Letters of offer will be sent immediately following the audition. Queries on the application / process can be addressed to Jenny Traynor, Programme Director at stepupdanceproject@gmail.com.

Mary Wycherley
Limerick Dance Artist in Residence for 2018: Mary Wycherley
Mon 11 Dec '17

Mary Wycherley was announced as Limerick Dance Artist in Residence for 2018 in June of this year. Mary is a dance artist whose work embraces live performance, choreography and film. In 2015 Mary was first appointed Limerick Dance Artist in Residence by the Arts Council of Ireland and has been the successful recipient of the position since then.

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, she 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.

As part of her residency Wycherley is also co-curator of Light Moves Festival of Screendance, a festival of dance, film and media arts held in Limerick every November.

For updates on the residency keep an eye on our website and social media (see bottom of this page).

Percolate Dance Residency Programme
Percolate Residency Programme - Open Call for 2018
Thu 09 Nov '17

Professional dance artists and ensembles are invited to submit proposals for projects to be researched and/or developed in 2018 at Dance Limerick. Residencies are open to national and international dance artists for a period of two weeks.

Aims:
Percolate 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.

As part of each residency, we encourage artists to share their work either through a work-in-progress showing or a talk for their peers.

How to Apply:
The selection is competitive.
Please click on the links below for further details and an application form.
Applications should be emailed to jenny@dancelimerick.ie
Deadline: Thursday 30 November 2017

Announcements

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Aerowaves 2021 Open Call
Step Up 2021
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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