Are you an emerging chorepgrapher based in Europe?
You can now apply to become a Twenty21 artist for the opportunity to have your work presented at the Spring Forward festival next year in Elefsina (Greece) on 6 - 9 May 2021, and also by 27 of our partners around Europe.
Read more about Aerowaves and becoming a Twenty21 Artist HERE.
Important change to application rules:
As usual, previous Aerowaves applicants, successful or unsuccessful, may apply again - but not with the same work. However, anyone that submitted a work in 2019 may apply again with that same work (or a new one) in 2020, due to the exceptional circumstances brought about by Covid-19.
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 Holly, Nick 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dancing Together: Limerick Life Long Learning Festival
Dance Limerick is delighted to once again get involved in the Limerick Life Long Learning Festival. This year's festival theme Celebrating and Building Learning Communities builds on the festival’s overall motto of Communities, Connecting, Learning. We present a series of online dance classes for ages 2-14yrs for the festival.
Our Online Dance Clubs for Young People are a way for us to continue to share dance with you during social distancing. Let us introduce the excitement and wonder of dance to children through movement, creativity, learning and play in a special online series beamed directly into your home!
There are 2 series of 4 classes available to watch and follow along from 28 September - 30 November 2020.
The series are downloadable but we ask that the videos are not shared online.
Dance Club for 9-14yrs with Rachel
Dance Club for 5-8yrs with Sarah
Dance Club for 2-4yrs with Aoife
Dance Club for 9-14yrs with Rachel
Dance Club for 5-8yrs with Sarah
Dance Club for 2-4yrs with Aoife
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.
Throughout July 2020, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and Dublin Dance Festival co-hosted a series of focused conversations about dance. These ‘Think Tanks’ are building on important discussions that have already been set in motion about the survival and sustainability of the sector.
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.
Representative contributors from across the sector were invited to come together to discuss three broad themes:
Making Dance Performance - Challenges and solutions around how we can keep making work
Dance of Interdependence - Considering the overall dance ecology nationally and internationally
Shaping Sustainability - Exploring how we can build resilience as a sector and equip ourselves for the future
Dr Aoife McGrath is supporting these events through facilitation and documentation, and a summary of the discussion is shared after each session. Individuals and organisations are invited to offer additional ideas and input in response to the themes.
We hope that by capturing the perspectives, ideas and propositions from this process that we can begin to collectively create a roadmap to support the dance sector and its future direction.
Read the summaries below:
Click HERE for info on Think Tank #1
Click HERE for info on Think Tank #2
Click HERE for info on Think Tank #3
Please send your thoughts and contributions to ThinkTanks2021@gmail.com.
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 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 ever changing framework.
By supporting Dance Limerick you allow us to continue to provide opportunities for dance artists and our audience during the Covid-19 crisis through 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.
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.
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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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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 email@example.com 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.
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