Open Call for Recent Dance Graduates/Recent Dance Professionals | Deadline Friday 26 November 2021
STEP UP is a project of professional development for recent dance graduates or equivalent early-career dance professionals. It aims to connect participants to the range of practices and practitioners that make up Ireland’s dance ecology and to the international networks of dance in which we operate. It is focused on developing artists as performers while recognising the creativity necessary in the performer’s work. Dance artists rely on a range of skills including technical competence, improvisational facility, the ability to process input from a variety of creative stimuli, alongside a capacity to perform and engage with audiences and publics in different circumstances. We’re hoping you’ll come with some of those skills and with an appetite to develop them further.
We’re looking for dancers born or resident in Ireland who graduated in 2019 or since then and who are interested in being part of a paid professional development programme. You’re also eligible if your professional dancing career has started since 2019, but you have come through other training routes that didn’t involve graduation. This is an opportunity for dancers in the early stages of their professional career. Previous Step Up participants who match the criteria above are eligible to apply again. We’re recruiting up to five dancers for this programme.
In 2022, the programme has three core elements and an optional fourth.
1. LOCAL: CREATION & PERFORMANCE OF NEW CHOREOGRAPHY
A Performance in Context project with choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir to develop a new work in Limerick. Building on Fearghus’s work with communities of place and of interest, the dance-making will be supported by a process of reflection on the opportunities, challenges, ethics and aesthetics of dance-making in context or in collaboration with a community. This reflection will also include conversations with other choreographers and experienced performers to explore a range of approaches and to encourage you to think about what role you have as a dance artist when making work in this way.
Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Choreographer (Ireland). Fearghus Ó Conchúir is Curator of the STEP UP Dance Project from 2022-24. He is a dance artist who frequently collaborates with practitioners from other disciplines and is a champion for what dance can help us understand about how we live in the world. www.fearghus.net.
2. INTERNATIONAL: LEARNING REPERTOIRE IRISH DANCE ARTISTS
Finola Cronin is Emeritus Assistant Professor in The School of English, Drama and Film at UCD. Finola danced in Germany with Vivienne Newport in TAT Frankfurt, and with Pina Bausch in Wuppertal, and with many other choreographers including Raimund Hoghe in Düsseldorf and the Liz Roche Company in Dublin. Finola’s workshop will focus on her involvement with German Tanztheater.
Mufutau (Junior) Yusuf is a Nigerian/Irish performer based between Dublin and Brussels. Trained mainly in dance and physical theatre, Mufutau regularly works with Brussels company Ultima Viz and is known to Irish artists and audiences through his work with Irish choreographer John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre and through his own choreography. Mufutau will lead a workshop focusing on Ultima Vez repertoire which he has been involved in devising and how it relates to his own creative practice.
3. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Independent dance artists often have to make their own opportunities, to manage their careers and build networks. The Personal Development aspect of the Step Up programme aims to give participants a broad toolkit or road map for taking the next steps in their career path. Activities will be arranged online and will include:
Career skills - a series of workshops designed to support early career dancers in the practicalities of making a career in dance: topics will include self-employment, contracts, application writing, CV development.
Coaching – each participant will receive 2 x 45 minute sessions with a personal coach.
4. NATIONAL: COMPANY PLACEMENTS (Optional)
All five participants will have an opportunity to audition / interview for one of three paid placements. The placements will be offered by John Scott, Artistic Director of Irish Modern Dance Theatre; Emma Martin, Artistic Director of United Fall; and Liz Roche, Artistic Director of Liz Roche Dance Company. The placements will be for a paid two-week period during the Research and Development process for new work.
TIMEFRAME / KEY DATES
- Thursday 13 January 2022: Audition in Limerick
- Tuesday 19 April – Saturday 28 May 2022: Training/Rehearsal/Performance
- Week commencing 6 June: 3 days Online Personal Development Activities
- September 2022 (dates tbc): 2 days Online Personal Development Activities
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Covid Protocols: Dance Limerick will operate all of the appropriate protocols necessary at the time of participation, to minimize risk of infection. In any event, participants will be housed in an apartment together and will operate as a bubble. Should it be necessary, we may ask you to limit your outside contacts for the duration of the contract. This will be made clear prior to the start date.
Rehearsals: Take place in Limerick 10.00 am – 6.00 pm. Different hours may be required in the lead up to the performance(s) but will not exceed the regular daily total.
Artists' Fee: Five selected dancers will receive a weekly fee of €650 over 7 weeks, along with accommodation for the period 18 April – 28 May. The fee is payable on receipt of two invoices. Participants will be responsible for their own living expenses, travel costs to and from Limerick, and for incidental travel while in Limerick.
Time Commitment: Participants must be available on an exclusive basis to take advantage of the full programme. We will agree the dates for the online personal development programme before you have to sign the contract.
Please send your CV and a personal statement outlining your motivation to be involved in Step Up along with a weblink to a 1 minute improvisation. Your personal statement can be written (100 words max.) or in video form (1 minute max. submitted as a weblink)
Applications should be submitted in one pdf, as an email attachment, to include cv, personal statement and weblink. Please note individual video files and documents linked to Google drive cannot be accepted.
The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 26 November to firstname.lastname@example.org with Step Up Application in the subject line.
The programme is committed to equality of opportunity, supports and encourages under-represented groups and values diversity. We guarantee an interview to any dancer with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the opportunity. To be eligible for the guaranteed interview, you must have a disability or long term health condition which puts you at a significant disadvantage in either obtaining or keeping jobs. The disability could be physical, sensory or mental and expected to last for at least 12 months. You do not have to be registered as a disabled person to apply under this scheme.
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STEP UP Dance Project is thrilled to announce its new artistic curator; choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir.
Fearghus Ó Conchúir is a renowned dance artist who frequently collaborates with practitioners from other disciplines and is a champion for what dance can help us understand about how we live in the world.
His film and live performances, presented around the world, create frameworks for audiences and artists to build communities together. His multi-platform work, The Casement Project, was one of the Arts Council’s National Projects for Ireland 2016 and was also part of the Ireland 2016 International Programme and of the 14-18now programme of WWI Centenary Art Commissions.
As well as being the current deputy chair of the Arts Council of Ireland, from 2018-2020 Fearghus was Artistic Director of National Dance Company Wales, he was the first Ireland Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme, and is a former board member of; The BBC Performing Arts Fund, Project Arts Centre, Dance Digital, Create and Dance Ireland.
Fearghus Ó Conchúir says of his appointment as STEP UP artistic curator: ‘It’s been a difficult period for dance artists, particularly new graduates. For that reason, I’m really looking forward to working with STEP UP to support a new generation of dance talent to connect to the artistic and wider community in Ireland.’
About STEP UP Dance Project
STEP UP is a programme of professional development for recent dance graduates from Ireland or based in Ireland. It introduces audiences in Ireland to a group of fresh dance talent that will enrich the country’s dance ecology for years to come. It is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland, The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, and the Arts Council.
Since STEP UP began in 2011, the project has helped 64 talented young dance graduates to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice, and to assist them in building networks that support a professional career.
STEP UP exists to support the development of skilled dance artists to contribute to the growing dance ecology in Ireland and to help affirm the place of dance in the country’s cultural, social and political life. The programme is committed to equality of opportunity, supports and encourages under-represented groups and values diversity.
Details of the STEP UP 2022 Open Call coming Wednesday 6 October.
Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance at University of Limerick are thrilled to announce our incoming Associate Artist for 2021/2022 is Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín.
Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín is a dance artist based in Cork, Ireland. Her primary focus is on place-based and site-specific work manifesting in film and live performance. She seeks to question how the human body engages with the Earth in a way that gives agency to both.
Siobhán enjoys collaborative and multi-disciplinary work and has created alongside poets, actors, singers, geologists, boat-builders and musicians. She has also worked with a range of community groups with a special focus on primary school aged children. She was Dance Artist in Residence, Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne Co Chorcaí 2018-2020 funded by Arts Council, Cork County Council, Ealaín na Gaeltachta and kindly supported by Ionad Cultúrtha. She is a recipient of the Arts Council’s Next Generation Award (2018).
She says about the role 'I'm delighted to be Associate Artist with Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. Both Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance have contributed significantly to my development as an artist throughout the years. I look forward to continuing to build my relationships with them and the people they engage with.'
Read about our upcoming Coffee Morning hosted by Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín on Thursday 21 October here.
Read more about Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance's Associate Artist Programme here.
Open Call for Children aged 8-11 years based in Limerick to take part in an art performance as part of Light Moves Festival.
Dance Limerick seeks to recruit 9 young people interested in creativity and the arts to take part in a collaborative, intimate performance called Blind Cinema on Sunday 26 September.
The event is a screening of a film where the audience sits blindfolded, with 9 young people seated behind, each take turns in describing the film and imagery.
During the performance, the young narrators then choose their very own personal way of describing. Blind Cinema examines ideas around language and interpretation, along with the potential for discrepancies, ruptures and (mis)communication!
Based on the method of Audio Description, Blind Cinema makes the experience of watching a film into a shared investment: a collaboration between young people and adults.
Children should be available to attend:
- Workshop with Aoife O’Brien on Saturday 25 September, 11am-1pm at Dance Limerick, 1 & 2 John’s Square.
- Rehearsal at Belltable, 69 O’Connell Street on Sunday 26 September 12pm
- Performance at Belltable, Sunday 26 September 1-2pm
If you are interested in taking part in this free event, please contact Emer Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org or ph 061 400 994.
Dance Limerick's Dance Clubs for Young People return this October after a long break!
Our Dance Clubs introduce the excitement and wonder of dance to young people through movement, creativity, learning and play.
The classes aim to develop a dancer's ability with skills and technique while nurturing the creative possibilities within every young person. We believe dance provides both physical and intellectual benefits, that will enrich the lives of our students. Young people are encouraged to use their imagination to express their own individuality and develop their creativity, while also building confidence, self esteem and fitness.
These fun and active classes are led by our experienced tutors who teach modern dance styles to pop music and lots of familiar hits.
Autumn / Winter Timetable starting Saturday 23 October
Dance Club for Tots (2-4yrs) | More Info
Dance Club for 5-8yrs | More Info SOLD OUT
Dance Club for 9-14yrs | More Info
Covid-19 & Health and Safety: The health and safety of our audience, visitors, artists, staff and volunteers is a priority.
- All Dance Limerick events follow Government and HSE guidelines.
- By booking this event, you acknowledge and take responsibility for your own health screening, and that of the class participant. You agree to comply with government directives, and you will not attend this event if you are unwell.
- We will continue to follow government guidelines, and we will update our website and social media channels on a regular basis.
- Alternatively contact our box office team with any queries on email@example.com / 061 400 994.
Artistic support is fundamental to the development of dance artists and the dance sector. It is a priority for us and our partners: Dance Ireland, Firkin Crane and Galway Dance Project.
To this end, earlier this year, we announced the National Dance Residency Partnership (NDRP), a partnership initiative between Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick, Firkin Crane and Galway Dance Project to provide a networked support to a choreographer in the production of new dance work.
Following an open call, we are delighted to announce the recipient is Yasmin Mello, who will invest the support in developing her new work MarbleFace, with collaborator Ciarán Lawless, before it premieres later this year.
'I am delighted to have been awarded the National Dance Residency Partnership. Knowing that I will have not only the time and space but full support of some of the most important dance organisations in Ireland to create this piece gives me the strength and courage to continue to pursue a career in arts in Ireland. This is a pivotal moment in my career in which I am for the first time leading my own research to develop a full-length piece and I feel truly honoured to have been selected as the first recipient of this programme.' - Yamsin Mello
By coming together, the partners acknowledge that our collective infrastructure and resources can go further and encourage more ambition in the dance sector. Each partner will contribute financially and/or in-kind space to develop work, which will allow for up to six weeks rehearsal time across the country; in addition to support from artistic staff and accommodation support.
We are also pleased that Tipperary Dance Platform will be joining the Partners to support Yasmin Mello's NDRP award with a Pro-Development bursary to attend the TDP’21 Spotlight Ireland two-day event at TDP’21 International Dance Festival.
Yasmin Mello is a Dublin based choreographer, director, performer, researcher and a dance and pilates instructor. She started her training from a young age and has always been interested in learning movement from a wide range of perspectives and dance artists having trained with important national and international names including Nora Esteves, Yelle Bittencourt, Alex Neoral, Esther Weitzman, Maria Alice Pope, Tadej Bdrnik, Deborah Colker, among others. Since arriving in Ireland Yasmin has continued to train and improve her skills by engaging with artists like Steve Batts, Sarah Jane Scaife, John Scott, Mihaela Griveva, Amanda Coogan, Loretta Yurick and Robert Connor.
Read more about Yasmin here.
Become an Aerowaves Artist, apply now!
Aerowaves Europe is looking for twenty talented emerging choreographers based in Europe.
You can now apply to become a Twenty22 artist with the opportunity to have your work presented at the Spring Forward festival in May 2022 in Elefsina (Greece), and also by many of our Aerowaves partners around Europe.
Deadline: Wednesday 15 September 2021 at 5pm.
Notice the change in this year’s eligibility criteria: Your work must have been made in 2020 or 2021 – we are not accepting works made before this time.
Find more information and the application form here.
For further queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since the first Step Up in 2011, the project has featured 64 Emerging Artists, 20 Professional Choreographers, 39 Teachers and Coaches, and 28 Public Performances.
Following a competitive Open Call earlier this year, we're delighted to announce the Step Up dance project 2021 participants: Alexandra Ayvazova, Mia Bradley-Evans, Mia DiChiaro, Corina Hoser, Elena Paltracca and Rosie Stebbing.
This year’s eight-week programme combines:
- Creation of new works with leading choreographers David Bolger and Lucyna Zwolinska (more info here)
- Learning repertoire from renowned international companies
- Personal coaching
- Performances at Dance Limerick, Firkin Crane, Cork, Backstage Theatre, Longford, and Project Arts Centre, Dublin
About the participants
Alexandra Ayvazova is originally from Russia, and moved to Ireland seven years ago. She has been dancing since the age of six and has received professional training in Ballet, Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance. In her own practice she focuses on discovering and exploring connections between Contemporary and Urban Dance styles. Her performances usually present a combination of those styles and she is interested in developing her dance career in both directions. In July 2019, she received Travel and Training Award from Arts Council Ireland to create and perform her solo work under the mentorship of internationally acclaimed choreographer Mickael ‘Marso’ Riviere.
Mia Bradley-Evans is a dance artist and choreographer currently based in the west of Ireland. Since finishing her training at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, Mia has worked with Galway Dance Project, Galway Capital of Culture 2020 and Dansnest, researching and creating dance pieces which can be accessible to communities who may not usually go to the theatre. She believes if you have a voice and you have an audience you should use that voice and privilege to say something that matters. Her work explores different themes and reflects the times and situations she finds herself in.
Mia DiChiaro is a Dublin-based contemporary dancer and artivist whose ideas often circulate around joyful embodiment, climate justice, and participatory art. Originally from New York, she trained at the Ailey School and developed an interdisciplinary B.A. in 'Performance and Arts Activism’ from NYU. After relocating to Ireland, she received a M.A. in ‘Contemporary Dance Performance’ from University of Limerick (2019) and has performed choreography by Liz Roche, Jack Webb, Ursula Robb, Paul White, Dina Abu Hamdan, and her own site-specific choreography. In 2020 she received Dance Ireland’s HATCH Award for her collaborative eco-dance research and is diving further in 2021 with support from the Irish Arts Council Dance Bursary Award.
Corina Hoser, born in Upper Austria (born 1994), studied contemporary dance education at the Music and Art University of the City of Vienna and contemporary stage dance at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz, and as an Erasmus student at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Lyon. During her studies she gained extensive stage experience in pieces by international choreographers and practiced creating her own works. After completing her studies, she also spent a few months as an intern in several dance companies in Prague. Since then she is working as a freelance dancer, based in Vienna.
Elena Paltracca was born in Italy, in Perugia. She started her education at the ‘DIP- Dance Intensive Programme by Codarts’ in Livorno. There she learned modern dance techniques, working with international guests like Samuel Wuestern, Mario Camacho and Neel Verdoorn. After that, she started her professional education at the Zurich University of the Arts studying BA Contemporary Dance. Here she has worked with renown choreographers like Itzik Galili, Barak Marshall, Nadav Zelner, Lorand Zachar, and Ihsan Rustem. In 2020 she won a scholarship to take part in an International Summer workshop in Zurich, performing the works of Victor Rottier and Emma Evelein. Since the pandemic, she has had more time for her own choreography, and has taken part in competitions such as ‘Antigone Dance Festival' in Brussel. She also plans to perform her work in Basel and Fürth.
Rosie Stebbing is a contemporary dancer from Kildare, Ireland. After completing a foundation course at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Leeds, UK), she went on to train at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts (Arnhem, NL). During her time there she worked with choreographers such as Roser Lopez Espinosa, Jasper van Luijk and Eldad Ben Sasson. She spent the final year of her BA studies in Denmark, where she undertook an internship with Holstebro Dansekompagni. She has also recently worked with choreographer Joy Alpuerto Ritter on an upcoming feature film by director Floria Sigismondi.
There is still time to watch all four WHAT NEXT dance festival performance programmes On Demand.
- BABAE is available until Tuesday 22 June at 11:59pm. Click here to book.
- STEP UP TRIPLE BILL is available until Wednesday 23 June at 11:59pm. Click here to book.
- NO FOLLOWING is available until Thursday 24 June at 11:59pm. Click here to book.
- NUTCRUSHER is available until Thursday 24 June at 11:59pm. Click here to book.
Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance at University of Limerick have come together to offer an Associate Artist programme for a dance artist (based in Ireland) beginning in September 2021. The programme can last for up to one year. The aim is to support the creative practice and organisational development (if required) of a practitioner with at least 3 years post-college experience, and who has presented at least one (post college) work at professional venue or festival.
Benefits for Artist
The Associate Artist Programme will be individually tailored to the needs of the Artist and in discussion with the Artist once selected. The following list is not exhaustive and some benefits may be less relevant for some applicants.
- A Research & Development fund of €7,000 towards the creation of a new work to be presented at Dance Limerick’s WHAT NEXT dance festival.
- Up to four weeks studio space at Dance Limerick.
- One week at the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance for the purpose of developing research ideas with the MA Contemporary Dance Performance students.
- Technical support if required, from Dance Limerick’s Technical Manager.
- Opportunities to share research and receive feedback.
- Coaching and support from Irish World Academy of Music & Dance faculty staff and associated/guest artists.
- Coaching and support with writing about your work, for application, presentation and proposal purposes from Dance Limerick.
- Support in seeking opportunities for presenting your work, if required.
- Visibility and profile within Dance Limerick’s communications including website and social media.
What Do We Expect
- Active engagement with Dance Limerick’s events, programmes and networking opportunities.
- Confidence in working with students at MA level, in researching and testing ideas.
- Dance Limerick & the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance identified as supporters of work arising from the Associate Programme.
- Dance Limerick & Irish World Academy of Music & Dance logos included in all printed materials of work arising from the Associate Programme.
- At least two News updates for Dance Limerick’s website, over the course of the programme.
- Involvement in evaluation and reflection of the Associate Artist scheme.
How to Apply
Email email@example.com one PDF document including the below list information, by the end of the day on Wednesday 7 July:
- Artist Statement (max 300 words)
- Outline of proposed work programme (max 600 words)
- Links to up to three examples of your work (links only, no files)
- Any additional information you would like to share
Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted by a selection panel to include the Director of Dance Limerick and the Course Director of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at UL.
Priority will be given to artists who:
- Have presented at least one publicly performed work to an audience at a professional venue/festival/context;
- Propose a clear programme of work and objectives;
- Have the capacity to initiate opportunities for themselves.
Welcome to WHAT NEXT 2021, a week-long feast of performance, discussion and participation. While disappointed that we cannot gather as we normally do, we hope you’ll join us online, for live streamed performances, workshops, and a reading group which we hope will inspire discussion, reflection and anticipation to come together again at live events this Autumn. We're pleased to welcome back to Limerick, Aliina, Chrissie and Rebecca with new work specially commissioned by Step Up Dance Project. We also look forward to welcoming Lisa Fingleton, Prof. Nicholas Rowe, Maria Nilsson Waller and Stace Gill who will stimulate thoughts and ideas around sustainability of practice, for artists and organisations.
Finally, we look forward to sharing Rachel Sheil’s Associate Artist commission, and the work of our Aerowaves Artists, Joy Alpuerto Ritter and Sung Im Her.
Many thanks to our funders, friends, and supporters who enable us to present Limerick as a dynamic centre for dance.
- Catherine Young (Catherine Young Dance) & Jenny Traynor (DanceLimerick), WHAT NEXT Curators
Return to Festival Calendar here.
This May Dublin Dance Festival brings fresh, daring and courageous dance online. They will present new and pioneering dance performances, glimpses behind the scenes and moments for families, artists and communities to connect.
Dance Limerick has selected some highlights from this year's programme below:
Workshops & Master Classes | €10
As part of the Summer 2021 Edition, there is a wide selection of master classes, workshops and participative events to get everybody moving. Delve into the creative process and explore movement with Festival artists to get the most from your DDF experience.
Find out more here.
Dēmos: films of separation and togetherness - Liz Roche Company / Crash Ensemble (Ireland)
A suite of short films navigating absence and presence through movement and sound. Filmed on the Abbey stage, the superb cast of Liz Roche Company dancers and Crash Ensemble musicians come together to perform scenes from the new work, made in collaboration with filmmaker José Miguel Jiménez. Bringing together dancers and musicians, it poses urgent questions of how to feel together in a time when togetherness feels fractured.
Availability from 7pm, Tues 18 May – 11:59pm, Sat 29 May | €12
Find out more here.
dyad – Justine Doswell (Ireland)
dyad is a new duet created by Justine Doswell, framed in the magnificent surroundings of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. This evocative work reflects on the qualities of a woman whose faith and body served as a connection between the human and the divine: Mary / Maryam. A woman chosen among all women, revered in both Christianity and Islam. A link across time, culture and creed. A meditation on archetype and architecture, dyad delves into the complex nature of interconnection, twinned concepts and shared ideals.
Available online: 7pm, Thurs 20 May – 11:59pm, Mon 31 May | €8
Find out more here.
Modes of Capture Symposium 2021 – Decolonising structures, thinking and embodiment
Presented by The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (UL), Liz Roche Company and Dublin Dance Festival
A 3-day online symposium for dance artists, collaborators and arts professionals exploring themes of decolonising structures, thinking and embodiment in dancemaking within current modes of dancemaking and documentation. Curators Dr Jenny Roche, Liz Roche and Dr Róisín O’Gorman, have brought together a group of local and international academics, dance artists, practitioners and scholars for the event, who will be sharing their work through a series of recorded presentations, live-streamed discussions, workshops and performances.
Fri 21 - Sun 23 May | €25 full weekend / €10 1-day pass
Find out more here.
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