Step Up Dance Project, now in its eight year, once again plays host to some of Ireland’s most promising contemporary dance graduates. Step Up 19 brings a new outlook, curated by Marguerite Donlon (Ireland / Germany), International choreographer and Director of Donlon Dance Collective, based in Berlin. Five promising young dancers have been chosen following a competitive open call and audition process, they are Aliina Lindroos (Finland), Claudia Gesmundo (Italy), Ginvera Cecere (Italy), Juliana Tarumoto (Brazil) and Rosie Mullin (Ireland). The dancers selected are a mix of Irish natives who have traveled abroad to complete their training and seek work, and dancers who have trained in Ireland and are now resident here.
The dancers will train with Eoin McDonagh (Ireland), Rivca Rubin (UK) and Deiter Heitkamp (Germany) and will create new dance works with Marguerite Donlon, Emanuele Soavi (Germany / Italy) and Francesco Vecchione (Italy / Spain), over a period of ten weeks culminating with an Irish tour in August 2019.
The August tour dates are: Monday 26th at Dance Limerick, Wednesday 28th at Backstage Theatre, Longford, Friday 30th at Firkin Crane, Cork and Saturday 31st at Project Arts Centre, Dublin.
Step Up Dance Programme is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick, which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland.
Tour performance details coming soon.
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