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Step Up 2020 - Participants Announced
Wed 08 Jul '20

Since the first Step Up in 2011, the project has featured 58 Emerging Artists, 18 Professional Choreographers, 34 Teachers and Coaches and 28 Public Performances.

On the project’s 10th Birthday, Step Up welcomes six promising young dancers to take part in an intensive programme of training, rehearsal, performance and development with renowned choreographers and coaches.

Step Up Dance Project is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. This year it once again plays host to some of the most promising recent contemporary dance graduates. Curated by International Choreographer and Director of Donlon Dance Collective Marguerite Donlon, this year brings a new format and fresh outlook for its latest iteration.

Following an open call early this year, six exceptional young dancers were chosen to take part in the project. They are Ellen Finlay, Dylan HollyNick Nikolaou, Niamh O’Flannagain, Hannah Rogerson and Eilise Sullivan. Scroll down for more info on this year's participants.

This year we are delighted to welcome our exciting creative team on board that includes choreographer Luke Murphy, contemporary dancer and musician Aoife McAtamney, dance artist Ursula Robb, personal coach Rivca Rubin, Laura Macken, the project’s Artistic Assistant and Rehearsal Director and performer and choreographer Emily Terndrup who joins us as a Guest Teacher. More on the Step Up 2020 Creative Team here

Participant Biographies 

Ellen Finlay graduated from Trinity Laban with a BA (hons) in Contemporary Dance in 2017. Since then she has worked with immersive and physical theatre in London, most recently as a choreographer and dancer in Riverside Opera’s production of A Cunning Little Vixen. Ellen has attended training at Shawbrook Dance, Longford and last year taught and mentored at the Shawbrook Summer School for a new generation of Irish dance artists.

Dylan Holly is a 26-year-old Irish dancer based in the Netherlands interested in contemporary dance with an Urban background. Dylan’s style is derived from the aesthetics and techniques of; Tutting, Waving, Contemporary Floorwork and Ballet. He is a graduate of Fontys Dance academy where he now teaches and runs workshops and also works freelance as both a dancer and as an assistant/outside eye for other groups projects.

Nick Nikolaou is a dance artist based in Dublin. He studied Contemporary and Jazz dance in Thessaloniki, Greece, where he is originally from. Before graduating with an MA in Contemporary Dance in 2020, Nick was part of the Dublin Youth Dance Company (DYDC).

Niamh O’Flannagain is a dancer with Ballet Ireland, having joined the company in 2018. With them she has performed in The Nutcracker, Bold Moves (2019) and Swan Lake. Niamh recently performed with Chrysalis London Contemporary in their UK tour of ‘Candy’ and was the sole Irish dancer invited to participate in the Young Rural Retreat at DanceEast, Ipswich led by Christopher Hampson.

Hannah Rogerson is a performer and dance artist originally from Kildare and now based in the Netherlands. Hannah has been working in Circus for the past three years, looking at combining the practice with dance. She recently performed in the What Next dance festival at Dance Limerick with her group, TeaTime Company.

Eilise Sullivan is a dance artist based in County Kerry, she graduated in 2018 with an MA is Contemporary Dance from the University of Limerick. Before focusing on contemporary dance, Eilise studied classical piano, voice, music composition and theory. She is also interested in rhythm and traditional cultural dances such as West African dance, Middle Eastern dance (dabke) and traditional Irish dance. Eilise has worked extensively with choreographer Catherine Young, most recently in the countrywide Welcoming Project.

About Step Up Dance Project

Step Up Dance Project 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.

www.stepupdanceproject.ie

Aerowaves Twenty20 FRAMEWORKS Artists
Aerowaves Twenty20 FRAMEWORKS
Fri 19 Jun '20

Aerowaves Europe have announced an exciting new project, Twenty20 FRAMEWORKS. The project dives into new dance territory opened up by interactive technology. This new Aerowaves and Springback Production initiative invites artists to search for ways to transform the digital medium into their dance partner, rather than as a way of showing their dance works or making dance for the camera.

Their live and recorded projects – from 5 to 30 minutes long – will be showcased on the digital stage (streamed on Zoom, Aerowaves and commissioning Partners’ websites).

Watch FRAMEWORKS live on 25 June 2020, at 20:00 CEST. Get a FREE TICKET to attend via Zoom HERE! Only 300 tickets available!

Find out more about the FRAMEWORKS Projects and artists on the Aerowaves Europe website HERE.

L-R: Marguerite Donlon, Luke Murphy, Ursula Robb, Aoife McAtamney, Rivca Rubin, Laura Macken & Emily Terndrup
Step Up Dance Project - 2020 Choreographers
Thu 18 Jun '20

Step Up is curated by Irish born, Marguerite Donlon, International choreographer. She is the Artistic Ballet director and resident choreographer of Ballet Hagen at Theater Hagen. She is also the founder and director of Donlon Dance Collective based in Berlin. More info of Marguerite's work at www.donlon.de.

Due to our unusual circumstances in light of Covid-19, and people's availability, the content of the advertised programme has moved around and while we were disappointed that Oona Doherty could no longer be part of the programme (due to personal circumstances), we are delighted to welcome on board Luke Murphy, Aoife McAtamney, Ursula Robb, Rivca Rubin, Laura Macken and Marguerite, in a dynamic and exciting programme as follows:

New Creation

Luke Murphy (Ireland). Luke will work with participants over 15 days to develop choreography for the camera with the participants and film maker Lucy Dawson.  The aim is to develop a short dance film, rather than to develop a touring live performance. In the final week (beginning 31 August), Luke and the participants will move to West Cork to shoot on location. Luke is an Irish choreographer who has performed with many international companies and who creates his own brand of dance and multi media theatre. You can see Luke's background and work on his website at Attic Projects. More info on Luke's work at www.atticprojects.ie.

Training 

Ursula Robb, Rosas Repertoire and Methodologies (Australia, Ireland). Ursula Robb has had an extensive dance career spanning over twenty years, working with internationally acclaimed companies such as ROSAS, Brussels (A.T De Keersmaeker), ULTIMA VEZ, Brussels (Wim Vandekeybus), cie.ZOO, Brussels (Thomas Hauert), among others.  Ursula has taught at dance schools and institutions worldwide including P.A.R.T.S (Brussels), The New Zealand School of Dance (Wellington, NZ) and at the Danish National School of Performing Arts (Copenhagen).  

Aoife McAtamney, Voice & Movement (Ireland). Aoife is a contemporary dancer and musician.  Her workshop aims to investigate the use of voice from the perspective of contemporary dance.  Combining voice and movement and participants will investigate how we embody dance and voice together and bringing physicality to the voice, rather than treating them as separate entities.

Coaching

Rivca Rubin, Personal Coach (England). Rivca encourages artists to ascertain their vision, locate the essence and refine their practice, grow purpose, align practice to values, and create working cultures people engage with, flourish and enjoy working in.  More info about Rivca and her work www.rivcarubin.com.

Rehearsal Director & Teacher

Laura Macken (Ireland). Laura trained at The Irish National College of Dance and joined Dublin City Ballet at the age of 15. Dancing with the company for several years, she danced both corps de ballet and solo roles in ballets such as Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Pas de Quatre, and Gisele as well as many contemporary and jazz works such as Transfigured Night by Anna Sokolow and works by Arlene Phillips. Whilst dancing with Dublin City Ballet Laura also featured in Dublin Grand Opera Society’s productions of Aida, Macbeth, and Turandot. She is the founder and director of Laura Macken Dance, more info at www.lauramackendance.com.

Guest Teachers 

Luke Murphy - as above

Emily Terndrup is a performer and choreographer based in New York, who has collaborated with choreographers such as Maxine Doyle, David Dorfman and Gregory Dolbashian and Luke Murphy. She has been a company member of Gallim Dance and Punchdrunk and currently leads the creative team at The McKittrick Hotel, designing, directing and choreographing events. More info on Emily's work at www.emilyterndrup.com.

Official Step Up Dance Project website www.stepupdanceproject.ie.

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 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 Tank
Thu 04 Jun '20

Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and Dublin Dance Festival are partnering to host a Think Tank - a series of in depth conversations – with representatives from across the sector in June and July 2020.

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. 

We will be sharing more information on our plans over the next few weeks, and will keep you updated through our newsletters and social media channels.  

Betty, a member of The High Kicks of Limerick
Dance with Somebody!
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 virtual world.

By supporting Dance Limerick you allow us to continue to provide opportunities for dance artists and our audience during the Covid-19 crisis through online performance 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 we are planning such as online screenings, workshops and more.

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.

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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. 

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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