We're thrilled to report that our first dance symposium, Mind in the Flesh: Female Bodies in Contemporary Performance, was a huge success! We were delighted to welcome colleagues, friends and newcomers from the dance sector and beyond to Limerick for three days of stimulating discussion, ideas, thoughts and provocations, as well as some truly stunning performances.
Some of the wonderful feedback we have received includes:
"Dance Limerick have put on a FEAST of dance and discussions... Delighted I made the effort and travelled".
"Thanks so much for creating this event. I really enjoyed a very inspiring day in Limerick, both at Dance Limerick, but also seeing the ancient grandeur of the city".
"With these three days, I feel so nourished - I'm so happy!"
Speaking at the conclusion of Mind in the Flesh, Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, said "We were delighted with the quality of the presentations and performances from all of our participants. We were particularly excited to be able to bring leading national and international artists to Limerick for this event and I would like to express our appreciation to our Co-Curator Isabella Oberlander for her work putting the exciting Mind in the Flesh programme together".
Jenny added "This was also a fantastic opportunity to challenge the Dance Limerick Space and show how incredibly versatile it can be. We are very grateful to Limerick City of Culture, who funded the performance programme of Mind in the Flesh, and to the Arts Council and Limerick City and County Council for their ongoing support".
Just as Mind in The Flesh, Female Bodies in Contemporary Performance kicked off in the Dance Limerick Space yesterday evening, performer Lucy Suggate was just down the road in the RTE radio studios waiting for her live interview. Lucy spoke with presenter Evelyn O'Rourke about her performance of the "Inquisitive Middle" happening tonight in Dance Limerick at 6pm, and about the concepts and themes being presented at the Symposium over the weekend.
Click on the soundcloud link below to listen to a podcast of Lucy's interview. You can watch Lucy perform 'The Inquisitive Middle' tonight at 6pm in Dance Limerick. And at 8pm the Eddita Braun Company will perform 'Planet Luvos' in the Lime Tree Theatre.
Dance Limerick and Limerick City and County Council Arts Office invite proposals from Dance Artists for a residency based in Limerick from July 2014 – June 2015.
The successful Dance Artist will partner with the two organisations in making an application to the Arts Council’s Dance Artist in Residence Scheme 2014-15.
The aim of the Residency is to offer an Artist the opportunity to develop his/her own practice and to research and create a new collaborative dance work for presentation in Limerick. The Residency will be relevant to artists interested in working in a socially engaged manner in the development of new work with communities of place and/or interest. The Residency will offer opportunity for the Artist to develop an in-depth relationship with a community of his/her choice. The realisation of the Residency may result in a variety of outcomes including but not limited to the following:
The creation of a new work to premiere at Dance Limerick, on John’s Square or another appropriate space within the city or county
The professional development of the artist to produce new work, perhaps in a new context
The engagement of new audiences with dance as an art form
The facilitation of access to and participation in dance for a wider public
Examples of the context in which the Artist may choose to work might include health care, disability, science, cultural diversity, bus drivers, bankers or any community which shares a common interest either socially or through their work place.
Examples of Collaborative Projects
International examples of artists who work collaboratively are She She Pop and Rimini Protocol. An Irish example of a collaborative project might be Visual Artist Jessie Jones’ Prosperity Project with the OPW and The Convention Centre Dublin. See external links for further information on examples. Further Irish examples of collaborative work can by found on www.artsandhealth.ie run by Waterford Healing Arts Trust.
The Artist in Residence may not reside full-time in Limerick but he/she is expected to be in residence for blocks of time at regular intervals throughout the 12 month period.
Budget and Resources
• €20,000 (pending successful Arts Council application)
• An additional €8,000 for realisation of the project.
• The performance and studio spaces at Dance Limerick will be available to the Artist for the purpose of researching, creating and performing. Spaces and times will need to be booked in advance.
• A desk at the offices of Dance Limerick on a part-time basis.
• Technical support for performances and projects taking place at Dance Limerick
• If not resident in Limerick, the Artist will have access to the Artists Apartments, operated by Limerick City & County Council for blocks of up to two months at a time. Dates for occupancy to be agreed and subject to availability.
• Promotional support for the residency and its activities through Dance Limerick’s regular marketing channels and through the City & County Council Arts Office’s online marketing channels, e-newsletters and social media.
Please submit a detailed and fully costed proposal for the project you would like to undertake. This should include fees, materials costs, travel and other expenses.
This is a pre-submission process to the Arts Council’s Dance Artist-in-Residence Scheme and applicants should pay particular attention to the Arts Council’s Guidelines for applying to the scheme. Please use Arts Council template for this proposal - see external link.
Proposals should be accompanied by
• 2-3 online video samples of dance works and/or samples of previous projects.
• A CV / Biography of the Artist
Proposals should be emailed with relevant supporting material to email@example.com by 12 noon on Monday 28 April 2014.
• The quality, originality and ambition of the Artist as demonstrated in the proposal
• The capacity of the Artist to deliver the proposal within the available resources.
• The track record of the Artist within a field of dance practice relevant to this Residency
The successful applicant will be selected on the basis of the Proposal. Should it be necessary to shortlist applicants for interview, these will take place on Tuesday 29 April. The selected proposal will be submitted by Dance Limerick to the Arts Council’s Dance Artist-in-Residence scheme by Thursday 01 May.
Our lovely, brand new listings brochure has just landed! It's packed with news of our upcoming performances, workshops, residencies and classes and has the fantastic Liz Aggiss on the cover! We're delighted that Liz Aggiss will be one of our guest performers at our Mind in the Flesh Symposium (8-10 May).
Look out for the brochure all over Limerick in the coming days and let us know what you think!
Our very popular Dance for Tots (1-4yrs) and Creative Movement (5-8yrs) classes are taking a break over the summer. Classes for this age group finished up on 7th June but will return in September. We look forward to seeing all our young dancers then!
Please keep an eye on this website or our Facebook page for updates.
If you have any queries, please call Dance Limerick (061) 467813.
Have you often wanted to give dance a go but never had the chance? Dance Limerick runs dance classes and workshops for all ages, abilities and experience. We have...
Contemporary Dance Classes for Adults on Tuesdays at 6pm (beginners & improvers)
Dance Classes for over 55's on Tuesdays at 2pm
Limerick Youth Dance, Wednesdays at 6pm
Ballet for Adults (beginners & improvers), Thursdays at 6pm
Starting with T (creative dance & writing workshops - no experience necessary), Mondays at 6pm (until 19 May)
Dance Classes for Tots on Fridays & Saturdays at 11am
Creative Movement for 5-8 yr olds on Saturdays at 12pm.
For further info on any of these, call Dance Limerick (061) 467813 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MIND IN THE FLESH is a symposium focusing on female bodies in contemporary performance. It incorporates artists’ talks and debates, performance lectures and workshops, alongside evening performances by world renowned artists.
Click on link to the right for full programme, schedule and booking form.
How do women portray, represent, stereotype, envision themselves today? How aware are we as makers and viewers about the body images and relationships we create and receive on a private and public sphere? How much diversity is there really? And, actually, what are female bodies?
Female Bodies are political, social, sexual, aesthetic, spiritual, economic and medial. This symposium is a creative and discursive platform, where we can discuss, question, engage and exchange what it means to work as a female performance artist both in a national and international context today. So let's talk about it, let's talk about female bodies.
National and international performers, artists and thinkers in the fields of Dance and Academia are invited to MIND IN THE FLESH.
Performers include Liz Aggiss, Editta Braun Company, David Hoyle and Lucy Suggate
MIND IN THE FLESH performance programme is supported by Limerick City of Culture 2014.
Open Call For Recent Dance Graduates
Step Up: Dance Project is delighted to announce its guest choreographer for 2014 as Michael Keegan-Dolan, Founder and Artistic Director of Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre.
This year Step Up: Dance Project will be a partnership with Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre. The project will give dance graduates an opportunity to work under the direction of choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan.
Step Up: Dance Project, aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. The programme will enhance these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and improving their professional opportunities in Ireland.
We are seeking applications from exceptional young dancers who will graduate in summer 2014 or who have graduated from professional level dance training within the past three years.
Six participants will be selected to work with Michael Keegan Dolan and 4 members of Fabulous Beast in a six-week programme of rehearsals and development running 07 July to 17 August. The programme includes studio sharings in at Dance Limerick, DanceHouse in Dublin and at the Firkin Crane in Cork over the last weekend of the project 14 – 17 August.
Accommodation will be provided near UL and participants will receive an honorarium for their involvement. Applicants must be born or currently resident in the Republic of Ireland and have a strong dance technique.
Please send your CV, 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 e-mail applications by the deadline 5pm, Wednesday, April 16th 2014 to Dance Limerick (email@example.com) with Step Up: Dance Project 2014 in the subject line.
A shortlist of applicants will be invited to audition with the choreographer at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance on Friday 9th May 2014. Six dancers will then be selected from audition to take part in this year’s programme. Letters of offer will be sent in early May.
Step Up: Dance Project, is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and the University of Limerick.
For any questions about the application process, please contact Lisa Hallinan, General Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 086 855 8509.
Dance Limerick is delighted to welcome choreographer Roberta Jean/MYSTERYSKIN who is bringing dancers and musicians together to research a new work. You can read more about Roberta Jean at her website www.mysteryskin.co.uk
The recently formed Limerick Youth Dance is gearing up for their first ever dance piece titled 'Reflections' taking place on Thursday 10th April in Dance Limerick's Daghdha Space.
Here's what Limerick Youth Dance Director Angie Smalis has to say about the group
"Limerick Youth Dance (LYD) has welcomed a group of young adults with a passion not only to dance but to explore their bodies and the possibilities those have. The classes are designed to inform the participants about contemporary dance techniques and answer questions about alignment, posture and wellbeing. As well, about the creative process and ‘how to make dances’ that not only serve as an expression of ideas and feelings but ‘dances’ that will be enjoyed by general audiences."
'Reflections' is a dance piece about the way the young dancers are thinking about their experiences in the studio and the bodily relationships they have managed to create with others in the group.
Describing the process of creating the work Angie says
"The basic challenge is to tune the body to the moment and not an ideal movement. A work in progress one could argue…"
Limerick Youth Dance will be joined with students from the MA in contemporary Dance and Choreography at University of Limerick, for the performance on the 10th April.
The Lime Tree Theatre has been awarded funding from the Arts Council of €100,000 for the year April 1st 2014 to March 31st 2015. The award is for the programming of the performing and visual arts in Limerick city venues to support the making of work by local practitioners and towards developing a strategic approach to programming of venues. The funding is a continued partnership between the venue and Limerick City Council to ensure a professional
arts programme is presented in the city. This will be, in effect, the continuation of the interim Limerick Arts Encounter, whereby a sum of €120,000 was spent on programming in the city over a period of six months from October 2013 to March 2014. The new amount represents a cut in funding to the city, but the Lime Tree and Limerick City Council will endeavour to continue to present as full and high quality a programme as possible, augmented by the provision of new office facilities in 69 O’Connell Street.
As before, some of the work presented will be by touring companies in both the Lime Tree Theatre and the former Belltable at 69 O’Connell Street, and some will be by Limerick based practitioners in the Lime Tree, 69 O’Connell Street or other venues in the city as preferred. If you wish to be included in the programme, please fill out the Expression of Interest form and return to Louise Donlon at the Lime Tree Theatre or Sheila Deegan at Limerick City
Council with details of your proposal which should include:
Title of event
Discipline (music, theatre, film etc)
Preferred performance period – i.e summer/autumn 2014/Jan-March 2015
Please bear in mind that there will be significant demand on relatively limited funds, so
competition will be extremely high. Programming will be chosen based on Arts Council
criteria – high quality work undertaken by full time, professional artists.
Please see external link to Expressions of Interest document
Dance Limerick is looking forward to welcoming renowned choreographer John Scott from Irish Modern Dance Theatre back to Limerick with his performance of MAGNETIC. John Scott spent several weeks at Dance Limerick last year working with the MA Students in Contemporary Dance Performance. Now, he returns to the city with his company to perform a brand new piece of outstanding dance theatre, Magnetic
Created for five virtuosic dancers who have performed in everything from Broadway musicals to Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Magnetic has been described as an "explosive and joyous dance theatre work". Knowing the energy and passion that John puts into his performances we are sure that this will be a thrilling and entertaining evening.
Irish Modern Dance Theatre will perform Magnetic at Dance Limerick on Thursday 3rd April at 7:30pm. John and the dancers will host a talk about the performance after the show.
To find out more about the show and to book tickets click on the 'book tickets' link on the right (under EXTERNAL LINKS).
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