Step Up is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland, the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick and the Arts Council, which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland.
This year five exceptional dancers have been selected to work with renowned choreographer Gary Clarke on Step Up Dance Project 2017. The successful dancers, selected from a competitive Open Call earlier this year, are:
Bianca Paige Smith
Bianca Smith, from NJ, USA is currently living in Limerick, having just completed her MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the University of Limerick. She holds a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. She is primarily trained in traditional Irish dance with experience in hip-hop, lyrical and ballroom dance. Most recently Bianca created Two Can Do, which premiered at 2017 Limerick Fringe Festival. The work was awarded the Most Innovative Show. She has also received Arts Council Funding to train in Brussels to continue evolving the work. Two Can Do will be performed at Culture Night in Dance Limerick this September.
In 2010 Celina received a dual BA from Indiana University in French and International Studies with a minor in Contemporary Dance. Since then, she has performed various dance styles across the US, Ireland, and France. She also studied contact improvisation under Nancy Stark-Smith and Charlie Morrissey. Celina is on a full scholarship from Enterprise Ireland pursuing an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at UL. Her recent work includes dancing, acting, and singing for four professional theatre and dance companies in Indianapolis, Indiana and choreographing solos and films for her MA. You can next catch Celina performing at Limerick Culture Night on 22 September.
Originally from Kildare but living in Scotland Sarah Greene is a 4th year student at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance. She is a strong, creative, technically trained dancer with experience in cunningham, contact improvisation, physical theatre and ballet techniques. Sarah has an interest in physical theatre and improvisation and has recently worked as a rehearsal director, assistant choreographer and soloist in Rite of Spring as part of Aspire Dundee Project.
Niamh Kelly is a graduate from the BA Voice and Dance at the University of Limerick who is now based in Cork. She recently received a bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland to take part in an intensive 3 week workshop with the Irish Aerial Creation Centre in Clare learning aerial dance skills and takes part in their yearly festival. Niamh has also competed in the Intervarsities All Ireland Dance Competition placing first in contemporary dance in 2015 and has worked as an assistant choreographer with Cork based dance company New Moon Youth Dance Co.
Half Irish, half Chinese, Oran calls Dublin home. An Irish dancer for nearly 19 years, he competed regionally and internationally before obtaining his TCRG (teaching credentials) in 2016. He was first introduced to contemporary dance by Mariam Ribón and the Dublin Youth Dance Company (2014-2016) and is now completing an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. In 2013 he graduated with a double honours BA in music and an Nua-Ghaeilge (Modern Irish) from Maynooth University. Oran feels incredibly blessed and grateful for every opportunity and support he has received to pursue art.
Following four weeks of intensive classes and rehearsals, Step Up will culminate in the performance of an engaging new contemporary dance work, directed by Gary Clarke, which will tour Limerick, Galway, Cork and 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.
Now in its seventh year, Step Up 2017 sees an expanded programme which will enhance these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and thereby improving their professional opportunities in Ireland.
This new expanded programme includes the following elements:
- Creation & Performance
- Repertory Programme
- Dancers as Entrepreneurs
- Personal Development
30 August | Dance Limerick
31 August | Nun's Island Theatre, Galway
1 September | Firkin Crane, Cork
2 September | DanceHouse, Dublin
Step Up is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL.
During the months of June and July Dance Limerick will host 4 of our residencies for 2017. Working between the church and studio venue these dance artists will develop their own projects in a progressive and supportive environment.
Rachel Sheil | 5-18 June
Rachel’s residency is centred around developing material from play. Rachel is deeply compelled by the importance of imagination and the re-claiming of one's freedom and she will be using childhood games, Japanese anime, cartoons and video games as an impetus to make movement. This work is a continuation of her mentorship residency in January with Dr. Mary Nunan in Dance Ireland.
Catherine Young | 12-23 June
Catherine’s residency project looks at the idea of ‘refuge’ and stems from her recent work with refugees from Gaza, Iraq, Syria and Africa. Catherine will explore several themes and stories that have arisen from this initial research period that warrant further exploration. She will develop a full-length work inspired by this community and their quest to find refuge, home, tolerance and integration. She aims to develop a piece that will feature 4-5 dancers combining not only experienced artists but also members of the community which inform the work.
Monica Munoz Marin | 17-28 June
Monica Munoz will use her residency at Dance Limerick for the further development of her solo Sink or Swim. This piece plays with the social norms and expectations imposed on females in an over-sexualised society that accepts women only as the object, not the subject, of desire. She will also start a duet called The Quiet Women with her collaborator Justine Cooper.
Lucy Dawson | 3-14 July
The question of how to communicate internal experiences to others using the medium of film is one of the key drivers in Lucy’s artistic practice. In this residency, she will explore the sensation of breath, using a series of creative tasks drawn from contemporary dance, yoga and martial arts practices. The techniques will be filmed in order to capture and express these experiences.
*Dance Limerick’s Artist Residency Programme was re-named “Percolate” in January 2017 to reflect the sense of an idea that is brewing, developing or simmering and which can be brought to its next stage through a focused residency period. Residencies are open to national and international dance artists for a period of two weeks.
The fourth international Light Moves Festival of Screendance symposium announces its open call for papers and presentations entitled 'Screen Dance Through the Senses'. The symposium sits within the festival and encourages artistic and scholarly exchange, debate and discussion in screendance and related disciplines including performances, dance, film, visual arts, sound and text.
The 2017 symposium invites screendance makers, spectators, advocates, and academics to examine the forms and approaches that enable this field's diversity and vibrancy. We particularly welcome presentations that are discursive and interactive including workshop type formats, group/panel discussions, demonstrations events, as well as paper presentation formats.
This year, Light Moves is pleased to announce that its Call for Papers and Presentations may benefit from the opportunity of publication in collaboration with the International Journal of Screendance. To that end, particularly strong responses to the call will be offered the opportunity to further develop their work for potential publication in a special volume (or section of volume) of the IJSD in April/May 2019.
Closing date for submissions *Extended*: Monday 10 July.
For more information on criteria and submissions please see www.lightmoves.ie/open-call-screendance-symposium
International Dance Day: Join our Nelken Line!
Sat 29 April | 11am-1.30pm | Meet at People's Park (red bandstand)
To mark International Dance Day, we are inviting everyone to dance the Nelken Line through the streets of Limerick. One of the most famous dance sequences created by iconic German choreographer Pina Bausch, the Nelken Line describes the alternation of the four seasons - spring, summer, autumn, winter - in a few, easy to learn, repeated gestures, performed to Louis Armstrong's West End Blues.
Join our Nelken Line! No dance experience required.
Comfortable shoes recommended.
Interested? Email your name & contact tel to email@example.com
To see the Nelken Line, click link on right.
Dance Limerick's Nelken Line is presented in association with Dublin Dance Festival and is a project of the Pina Bausch Foundation and ARTE. See www.dublindancefestival.ie
Photo by Luca Truffarelli
Now that we're members of Aerowaves, I'm delighted to be going to the Spring Forward dance bonanza in Aarhus from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 April hosted by the dance house Bora Bora (DK).
Aerowaves' Spring Forward is the leading European Festival for emerging new choreographers. The festival will showcase 19 of Aerowaves Twenty17 selected artists, one company from the 2016 selection and special guests from Taiwan. You can find the full professional programme by clicking attached link.
If you programme or present dance, its a must. They include free show tickets, meals, local travel and subsidised hotels to professional guests. And they look after you very well altogether.
Hopefully see you there
It is with great reluctance that we must say goodbye to Maeve Butler who has been a fantastic member of our team over the past three years. From the bottom of our hearts, we wish her every good luck in her new life in Wexford and Waterford.
Dance Limerick is currently seeking to recruit a dynamic, experienced, and enthusiastic person to fulfil a two-year contract as Programme and Communications Co-Ordinator. The overall purpose of the role is to support the Director and the activities of Dance Limerick with administration and communication of the organisation’s programme of events and activities. The successful candidate will be responsible for the programmatic and institutional marketing of the organisation.
The Programme and Communications Co-Ordinator will be based at 1 & 2 John’s Square, Limerick, and will work alongside the Director and the Technical Manager in a tight-knit, collaborative, and supportive environment. S(he) will report to the Director, and from time to time to relevant Board Sub-Committees. The position is full-time (40 hours weekly) 10.30 am – 6.30 pm with flexibility required for evening and weekend events.
Closing Date 5 pm Thursday 13 April 2017
For a detailed job description, please see attached pdf
Step Up: Dance Project has announced its Open Call for recent dance graduates to apply for the 2017 programme.
Step Up is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland, the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick and the Arts Council, which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland.
Step Up Dance Project is a programme 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 these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community, thereby improving their professional opportunities in Ireland.
The programme includes:
- Creation and Performance of a new dance piece by Choreographer Gary Clarke (UK).
The rehearsal / performance period will run from Monday 31 July – Saturday 2 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 Cork, Galway and Dublin. 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. Performances will take place on 30 August- 2 September at Dance Limerick, Firkin Crane in Cork and DanceHouse in Dublin respectively. Further information about Gary Clarke is available www.garyclarkeuk.com
- The Repertory Programme - Learning and Performing Repertory:
This element of the Step Up programme 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) with a prominent Irish choreographer and one other choreographer (either national or international, to be announced shortly). 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.
- Dancers as Entrepreneurs:
Increasingly, independent dancers and dance artists are required to work in an entrepreneurial fashion, initiating opportunities for themselves and managing their own projects. This programme will run over 2 days, also in November. Examples of topics are:
• Developing a portfolio for presenters and for funding applications
• Writing funding applications / writing about your work
• Introduction to producing projects
At the end of the training, participants will have a toolkit or road map for initiating and managing their own projects.
- Personal Development:
This element of the Step Up programme facilitates further opportunity for the professional development of young dancers. It offers a menu of options from which participants may choose one element (see sample menu below).
• 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.
Alternatively, participants may initiate an area of their own in which they wish to develop. The Step Up Programme Manager will assist with initiating the appropriate conversations with the chosen organisations.
We are seeking applications from exceptional young dancers who will graduate in summer 2017 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 web link of recent dance footage, along with a one-page cover letter describing why you would like to be involved in the project. Please include an indication of your availability to participate in the whole programme.
Please e-mail applications by the deadline - 5pm Monday 24 April - to firstname.lastname@example.org with Step Up Application in the subject line.
A shortlist of applicants will be invited to audition in May. Six dancers will then be selected from audition to take part in the Step Up 2017 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 email@example.com.
Free Taster Dance Session: Thurs 30 March, 2pm at Dance Limerick Studio
Do you enjoy dancing? Like to try something new? Dance Limerick has just announced details of a new dance performance project for people aged 50+. Choral Moves draws inspiration from well-known choral music classics and will encourage participants to embrace the beauty, magic and movement in the works of famous composers from Brahms to Beethoven, from Mozart to Mendelssohn.
Led by choreographers Philippa Donnellan and Kristyn Fontanella, the project begins with a free taster dance workshop on Thursday 30 March at 2pm at Dance Limerick, John’s Square. The project continues for six weeks, leading to an informal performance and social event on Sunday 14 May. No experience is necessary and no upper age limit applies. Come alone or bring a friend. Further details from (061) 400994.
Choral Moves follows Dance Limerick’s hugely successful 2016 project Here’s Looking at You, Kid, led by Philippa Donnellan. Having led many dance projects for older audiences, Donnellan teams up this year with Limerick-based dance artist and choreographer Kristyn Fontanella, who teaches Dance Limerick’s weekly dance class for people over 50. Outlining how the project will operate, she explains “After the taster workshop, we’ll run 12 sessions in April and May, leading to an informal performance and social event on Sunday 14 May. The sessions begin with easy movement warm-ups to stretch the muscles and focus the mind, followed by creating simple and lively dance sequences to music of all styles. It’s a social occasion also, so over a cuppa there’ll be time to chat with others about our favourite music, hopefully inspiring each other to invent new choreography. Ideas could come from Mozart’s exuberant Marriage of Figaro, the gorgeous love songs of Puccini, or even Carl Orff’s raucous Carmina Burana (better known as the theme from the Old Spice ad) – We can’t wait to see what people suggest!”
Choral Moves has come about as a result of Dance Limerick’s ongoing wish to engage with older people in Limerick and the Mid-West. Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, explains “As part of our remit, Dance Limerick runs classes for all ages, from tots to adults, and we now have a very successful weekly dance class for people over 50. Choral Moves brings the participation of our older movers to a new level and also gives us the opportunity to introduce new people to the joys of dance. We had great fun with Here’s Looking at You, Kid last year. Many new friendships were made and many new dancers were born! We’re really fortunate to be able to work again with Philippa Donnellan, who has considerable experience and really knows how to encourage people to tap into their creativity, as well as our own Kristyn Fontanella, who has done great work leading our older movers class over the last six months”.
Free dance taster session: Thursday 30 March, 2pm at Dance Limerick Studio
Further details: firstname.lastname@example.org | (061) 400994
Date: Monday 27 March, 1.30pm
Venue: Theatre 1, Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, UL
The Arts Council will be holding a public Dance Funding Clinic to provide information about the various funding schemes and awards currently available to dance artists. The clinic will be led by Head of Dance, Davide Terlingo.
Funding programmes covered will include Dance Project Award, Travel & Training Award, Bursary Award and Dance Artist Residency Scheme only.
The Clinic will cover:
• The purpose and priorities of each award
• The application process
• The assessment and decision making process
• Eligibility criteria
There will be an opportunity for a Q&A and general advice for making an application. In order to provide a meaningful clinic, the focus will remain on the topics outlined above and it will not be possible to use the clinic to address individual applications or unsuccessful funding decisions.
Please note places are limited and advance booking is essential.
To book your place please email:
We are delighted to announce that Sketches, the beautiful short film made by members of Limerick Youth Dance last year, has made it to the final of Fresh Film Festival 2017.
Sketches offers an insight into how Limerick Youth Dance creates dance pieces, while also exploring the possibilities of the camera lens. The outcome is based on the individual’s own perception of the art of dance and its meaning.
Sketches was made by Katie Fitzpatrick, Kevin Hussey and Meabh Hartney, led by Angie Smalis and Lucy Dawson.
The final of Fresh Film Festival 2017 takes place at the Omniplex, Castletroy, Limerick on Thursday 30 March.
We had a tremendous response to our Open Call for applications for Percolate, our Artist Residency Programme, receiving the highest number of submissions to date.
We are delighted to announce that the following dance artists have been awarded a residency to create/develop new work at Dance Limerick in 2017:
Inter Pares Project (Julie Havelund-Willett and Agnese Lanza)
Monica Muñoz Marín
Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín & Isabella Oberländer
Dance Limerick’s Artist Residency Programme was re-named “Percolate” in January 2017 to reflect the sense of an idea that is brewing, developing or simmering and which can be brought to its next stage through a focused residency period. Residencies are open to national and international dance artists for a period of two weeks.
Light Moves festival of screendance has announced its Open Call for Film Submissions for this year’s festival, which takes place in Limerick from 2-5 November 2017.
Filmmakers, choreographers and video artists are invited to submit for consideration screendance works which embrace dance and all forms of movement through the art of film and video art. Submissions should be made via the Light Moves page on FilmFreeway.com (see link on right)
The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 26 May 2017.
Prizes will be awarded to both established and student practitioners for works submitted via the Open Call. Full details, terms and conditions are available from the Light Moves website www.lightmoves.ie (see link on right)
Works which will be considered 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 not exceeding 55 minutes.
- Student films in which the director and/or the choreographer is a registered student on a course up to and including MA level.
In addition to films which embrace dance, submissions that reflect the unique potential of choreography, performance, cinematography and sound, as well as alternative forms such as animation and computer modelling will also be considered. While previously screened works are accepted, recent works will be given particular consideration in the selection process.
Filmmakers should note that, in 2017, Light Moves, in collaboration with Limerick City Gallery of Art, will be curating a selection of invited screendance installations. Therefore, unlike previous years, Light Moves will not be accepting installation submissions via the Open Call.
Announcing the Open Call Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick which produces Light Moves, said “We’re very excited to announce this year’s Open Call for film submissions for Light Moves. We were blown away by the beauty, creativity and imagination evident in last year’s submissions, so we can’t wait to see this year’s entries. This year we are using FilmFreeway.com for the first time, so this should make submitting films very easy. We’re also delighted that Light Moves 2017 will again take place at the three city centre venues of Dance Limerick, Limerick City Gallery of Art and Belltable, Limerick”.
Light Moves is Ireland’s international festival of dance on film and is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of dance film / screendance in Ireland and internationally. The festival showcases thought-provoking and cutting-edge new work in Limerick venues and includes classics, family screenings, invited works, open submissions and explorations of screendance with some of the most respected figures in the field. Light Moves is curated by Jürgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley and produced by Dance Limerick, in partnership with DMARC (Digital Media and Arts Research Centre), at University of Limerick. Light Moves is supported by the Arts Council, Limerick City and County Council and the JP McManus Fund.
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