Thursday, 4 June, 2015 - 20:57

Dance Limerick is delighted to welcome Hélène Cathala as guest choreographer of Step Up Dance Project 2015.

Hélène Cathala worked as a dancer and close collaborator with Dominique Bagouet and Trisha Brown from 1989-1992. In 1993, she co-founded the Compagnie La Camionetta with Fabrice Ramalingom, with whom she created numerous dance productions. She then initiated a collective project for research and experimentation, Changement de Proprietaire (Change of Ownership), in Montpellier. In 2006 she embarked on a solo career, forming her own company Hors Commerce, investigating the world of dance, theatre, literature and choreography.

Step Up Dance Project is an intensive five-week programme of training, rehearsals, performance and development, open to dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years. The project is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, and aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland.

The five dancers, selected from an Open Call earlier this year, who will participate in Step Up: Dance Project 2015 are:

- Amy Robyn Lyster
- Hayley Cunningham
- Jessie Keenan
- Marion Cronin
- Olwyn Lyons

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.

Working with Hélène Cathala, they will create a new dance work to be performed at Dance Limerick, Firkin Crane in Cork and DanceHouse in 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.

6th July - 8th August

Dance Limerick: Thurs 6th August
Firkin Crane, Cork: Fri 7th August
DanceHouse, Dublin: Sat 8th August


National Dance Residency Partnership
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

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