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.
WHAT NEXT dance festival 2021 brings you a programme of fresh and captivating performances and interactions from a bold new generation of dance artists. Dive In, Discover Dance at WHAT NEXT, 14-19 June at Dance Limerick.
This year, we are delighted to invite you to join us both online and in person, with our Watch at Dance Limerick, and Watch at Home tickets. Watch at Dance Limerick tickets include a table for two people to watch the performance streams on a cinema screen in our beautiful venue, St. John's Church, John's Square.
Events below are marked as Watch at Dance Limerick or Watch at Home.
Download our Festival Brochure HERE or scroll down to view the calendar of events day by day.
All Week, Monday 14 - Friday 18 June
Monday 14 June
WOMEN & WORK, THE CONTRACT Taster Workshop - Watch at Home
Tuesday 15 June
Bodies of Water Reading Group - Watch at Home
Thursday 17 June
BABAE by Joy Alpuerto Ritter + Festival Opening - Watch at Dance Limerick or Watch at Home
Friday 18 June
Bodies of Water Reading Group - Watch at Dance Limerick
Step Up Commissions Programme Triple Bill - Watch at Dance Limerick or Watch at Home
Saturday 19 June
Context, Relevance & Sustainability: Panel Discussion - Watch at Dance Limerick or Watch at Home
Professional Workshop with Sung Im Her - Watch at Home
NO FOLLOWING by Rachel Sheil - Watch at Dance Limerick or Watch at Home
NUTCRUSHER by Sung Im Her - Watch at Dance Limerick or Watch at Home
Festival Artists Q&A - Watch at Dance Limerick or Watch at Home
Pre-Booking required for all events, see individuals event page for details.
For Dance Limerick's full Covid-19 Safety Protocols and Guidelines click here.
A Dynamic Visionary Executive Artistic Director Sought for Firkin Crane, Cork.
Firkin Crane seeks to appoint a dynamic visionary Executive Artistic Director to lead the organisation into a new phase of reinvigoration and redevelopment. Firkin Crane are looking to recruit an exceptional Executive Artistic Director with experience in providing bold and vibrant artistic leadership, is enterprising, professional, and personable, with the necessary business, communication and managerial skills required for this exciting new role in developing a new phase for the organisation. This appointment represents a fundamental change in Firkin Crane's management structure, and comes at an exciting moment in their history as they embark on a restructuring, rebranding and programme review process.
The ideal candidate will be a dance & arts professional with strong curatorial dance programming experience, who will demonstrate a clear artistic vision for the future development of Firkin Crane. The board of directors are open to receiving applications, from dance practitioners, who are interested in proposing a plan that combines their creative practice, curatorial experience, artistic vision and leadership skills.
Key requirements include an emphasis on artistic ambition, within an approach that balances, Firkin Crane's commitment to:
- dance artists’ professional development;
- audience development;
- community engagement;
- growth and sustainability.
Deadline: 12 noon, Friday 28 May 2021.
Find out more at www.firkincrane.ie
A creative performance project open to women aged 18 to 80+. Led by choreographer Philippa Donnellan, produced in association with Dance Limerick as part of the new initiative DL.BRIDGE. Kindly supported through an Arts Participation Award 2020 from the Arts Council.
WOMEN & WORK, THE CONTRACT is a new intergenerational dance theatre project open to women aged 18 to 80+ taking place from 3 August to 19 September 2021, plus taster workshops in June / July. Led by choreographer Philippa Donnellan, it takes a quizzical look at life at work– from the highs and lows to the fabulous and humdrum as experienced by women. Be it in the office, at home or in virtual reality, this vivid new project delves into the knotty relationships of the workplace, to query what happens when routines and responsibilities shift, trust breaks down, and agreements go awry.
Site Specific Performance
WOMEN & WORK,THE CONTRACT will culminate in a special site specific performance by the participants, and presented in the unusual setting of a Limerick City office as part of Culture Night weekend, 17 – 19 September 2021.
Taster Dance / Theatre Workshops (via Zoom)
Led by Choreographer Philippa Donnellan and Theatre Artist Ruth Lehane.
You are invited to collaborate with other women, to develop your dance/drama skills, to co-author stories about women and work, and to devise and perform dance theatre. The taster workshops will introduce you to the artists and the project themes through technical and creative dance practice and dramatic tasks. Come along and find out how to get involved!
Free of charge, all experiences and abilities welcome.
Take part in 1, or more as you prefer.
Dates: Mondays, 14, 21 June and 12, 19 July
To Register for the Taster Workshops or for More Information: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Women & Work: The Contract.
CREATIVE PERFORMANCE PROJECT | What's involved in taking part?
Experience of dance, theatre and performance of any genre is useful, but it is not essential to be able to participate in this project. There is no charge for taking part in the Women & Work, The Contract.
To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone, and in line with Covid 19 guidelines, this project will be developed in 3 small groups (A, B & C), with a max of 5 participants per group (8 participants for online workshops).
- All groups will be part of the same final performance piece
The project offers an opportunity to participate, create and perform live and/or digitally, with a schedule designed to suit your needs as you wish!
- You may select your preferred group
PROJECT SCHEDULE | 3 August to 19 September
Sessions will run on the following days/times for each group:
GROUP A (Online) | Starts Tuesday 3 August
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 6 - 8pm | Via Zoom, Max 8 people
Saturdays: Live practice at Dance Limerick in September / exact times tbc
GROUP B (Live) | Starts Wednesday 4 August
Wednesdays & Fridays: 3 - 5.30pm | In person at Dance Limerick Studio, Max 5 people
Saturdays, mornings if required tbc
GROUP C (Live) | Starts Wednesday 4 August
Wednesdays & Fridays: 6 - 8.30pm | In person at Dance Limerick Studio, Max 5 people
Saturdays, mornings if required tbc
WOMEN & WORK, THE CONTRACT began in 2019 as part of Philippa’s Percolate Residency at Dance Limerick through creative research with a group of local women. Out of this lively process different stories and dramatic ideas grew, and interest in collaborating to develop a site specific dance theatre performance piece.
Philippa Donnellan | Choreographer | More info here.
Ruth Lehane | Theatre Artist | More info here.
Rachel Sheil | Project Dance Coordinator | More info here.
About Philippa Donnellan's Previous Work
Highlight Video from a recent project, BODY OF WORK | What's the story?, at axis, Ballymun | Click here to watch.
An example of other projects led by Philippa can be viewed on CoisCéim dance theatre's website here.
In the event that live performances will be restricted, WOMEN & WORK | THE CONTRACT will be redeveloped as a digital dance and performance project during this period. Participants will be guided through an exploratory online process, that will focus on creating dance theatre for the small screen. This digital project will culminate in a special online, public screening event in Autumn 2021.
Collectively Shaping the Future of Dance in Ireland
In July 2020, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick, and Dublin Dance Festival hosted a series of Dance Think Tanks: in-depth conversations with 29 artists and industry professionals working across different areas of the dance sector on the island of Ireland. This research was facilitated by Dr Aoife McGrath who has compiled this report (found here).
The Think Tanks highlighted that the dance sector has enormous potential for growth, and the ideas for innovation and sustainable development offered by artists in this report provide an exciting roadmap for the sector’s future.
These conversations were convened both in response to the immediate difficulties experienced in the sector following the onset of the global pandemic, and also in response to more long-term, ongoing issues that are of importance to the sector’s survival and sustainability. Three broad themes were explored:
Making Dance Performance - Challenges and solutions around how artists can continue to make work.
The Dance of Interdependence - Considering the overall dance ecology nationally and internationally.
Shaping Sustainability - Exploring how to build resilience as a sector and be equipped for the future.
The report draws attention to the complexity of dance artists’ position within the performing arts landscape and how dance policy and funding schemes need to address this complexity in order to provide effective support.
It calls for increased visibility and representation of dance across educational structures and cultural platforms, and for equity in funding provision for dance. It identifies key areas of opportunity for the sector, including career development, the wellbeing of artists, equality and diversity, and sustainability in the arts.
The report is intended to inform the design of a shared strategy to support the future development of dance on the island of Ireland.
Further Information/ Media Contact:
Emer Casey, email@example.com
Communications and Programme Manager, Dance Limerick
ABOUT THE CO-HOSTS
Dance Ireland is the national development organisation for dance in Ireland. We support the work of our Members, and the dance sector through artistic development opportunities, advice clinics, advocacy work, commissioning and networking opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. Our training and residency programmes for professional dance artists, our Youth Dance partnerships and public engagement programmes enable the development of dance as an art-form, as an activity to be accessed and enjoyed, as well as working to progress professional practice. We manage DanceHouse, located in central Dublin, a working base for dance practitioners and a hub for the wider dance community. We use all the opportunities afforded by DanceHouse, our own expertise and connections alongside those of our national and international partners to create a programme of work that engages the public and supports the professional, crossing the boundaries of age, experience and genre. Dance Ireland is an active member of EDN, and has participated in key EU-funded network projects, including modul-dance, Communicating Dance and LEIM. Dance Ireland is a registered charity and receives Strategic Funding from the Arts Council. Additional funding comes from Dublin City Council and grant-aid for project initiatives comes from a wide variety of national and international sources, including Culture Ireland, Creative Europe and Erasmus+.
Dance Limerick’s purpose is to inspire curiosity, creativity and connection through dance. We believe dance empowers and enriches us as individuals, as communities and as a society. Our ambition is for Dance Limerick be a place for dance and a hub of creativity for our artists and for all those with whom we engage. Through dance we support artists and the public alike to be curious, to be creative and to connect with each other and to what matters in the world about us. With this in mind, our mission is to champion and enable dance creation, participation and appreciation and to be a creative community connecting people and ideas through dance. We do this through a specially curated programme of supports for artists, and through our public facing programmes of classes, and performance platforms which encourage artistic dialogue among artists and audiences. Two such platforms include the What Next Festival and the Light Moves Festival of Screendance .
Dance Limerick is a presenting partner of the Aerowaves Network of European Dance presenters and EDN, the European Dance Network of dance houses.
Dublin Dance Festival (DDF) brings artists, audiences and communities together to create and share exceptional dance experiences. We present live, digital and collaborative dance opportunities year-round for the widest possible audience. We showcase the best Irish and international dance and act as a vital platform for artists and the creation of new work, culminating in an annual festival each May. We generate opportunities for artists, locally, nationally, internationally and virtually, through residencies, commissions and partnerships and by encouraging artistic collaboration, experimentation, risk-taking and innovation in dance. We are a key platform for dance year-round, committed to increasing the profile, role and enjoyment of dance across Irish culture and society since our first Festival in 2002.
Think Tank Participants
Think Tank 1: Making Dance Performance Hosted by Dance Limerick, 3rd July 2020.
Participants: Anne Maher, Benjamin Perchet, Carina McGrail, Catherine Young, Emma Martin, Gwen Van Spijk, Jenny Traynor, Liam Scanlon, Nicholas Nwosu, Peter Jordan, Sheila Creevey, Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín.
Facilitated by and summarised by Dr Aoife McGrath.
Think Tank 2: Dance of Interdependence Hosted by Dublin Dance Festival, 17th July 2020.
Participants: Michael Barker-Caven, Jazmin Chiodi, Louise Costelloe, Sheila Creevey, Nicola Curry, Colin Dunne, Michael Keegan-Dolan, Rita Marcalo, Carina McGrail, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Benjamin Perchet, Liz Roche, Jenny Traynor, Mufutau Yusuf.
Facilitated and summarised by Dr Aoife McGrath
Think Tank 3: Shaping Sustainability Hosted by Dance Ireland, 29th July 2020.
Participants: Michelle Cahill, Louise Costelloe, Sheila Creevey, Ruairí Donovan, Megan Kennedy, Carina McGrail, Lisa McLoughlin, Cian O’Brien, Liv O’Donoghue, Tobi Omoteso, Benjamin Perchet, Jenny Traynor.
Facilitated and summarised by Dr Aoife McGrath.
Think Tank Facilitator and Report Author
Dr Aoife McGrath is Senior Lecturer and Subject Lead in Drama at the School of Arts, English and Languages, Queen’s University Belfast. After a professional dance career as a performer in Germany and Ireland, Aoife has worked as a choreographer, dance critic, and as Dance Advisor for the Irish Arts Council. Publications include the monograph, Dance Theatre in Ireland: Revolutionary Moves (Palgrave, 2013), and the co-edited collection (with Dr Emma Meehan, CDaRe, Coventry), Dance Matters in Ireland: contemporary processes and practices (Palgrave, 2018). Recent choreographic work includes Please (NIMHAFF, 2017), Within: Body+Time (Accidental Theatre, 2018) and Let Down (Being Human Festival, Breastival, Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival, 2018). Aoife is Co-President of the Irish Society for Theatre Research, Co-Convenor of the IFTR Choreography and Corporeality Working Group, and a performer/choreographer member of Dance Ireland.
Step Up Dance Project 2021 continues to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. Step Up is curated by Irish born, Marguerite Donlon, International choreographer. She is the Dance Director of the Dance Company at Theater Osnabrück, Germany. She is also the founder and director of Donlon Dance Collective, a project company based in Berlin.
Step Up aims to enhance young dancers’ professional networks, by connecting them to the Irish and international contemporary dance community, thereby improving professional opportunities for young dancers in Ireland and abroad. The eight-week programme is open to dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years and who hold an EU passport.
This year’s eight-week programme combines:
- Creation of new works with leading choreographers
- Learning repertoire from renowned international companies
- Personal coaching
- Performances in Limerick, Longford and Project Arts Centre, Dublin
CREATION & PERFORMANCE OF NEW CHOREOGRAPHIES
David Bolger, Choreographer (Ireland). Based in Dublin, David is Artistic Director and co-founder of CoisCéim Dance Theatre. He has directed and choreographed over 25 original productions for the Company, many of which have toured both nationally and internationally – garnering international recognition and prestigious awards for their innovation, performance and choreography. More info coisceim.com
Lucyna Zwolinska, Choreographer (Poland, Germany). Lucyna has performed with many internationally acclaimed companies including The Forsythe Company, Ballet des Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken and Company Susanne Linke. Her own choreographies have been presented by Stuttgarter Ballett, TANZtheatre INTERNATIONAL and Tanzcompagnie Gieβen among others. More info lucynazwolinska.com
LEARNING REPERTOIRE & METHODOLOGY WITH LEADING CHOREOGRAPHERS
Marguerite Donlon, Choreographer (Ireland, Germany). Based in Berlin and Hagen, Marguerite has created choreographies for dance companies worldwide. Her work has been performed most recently by prima ballerina Svetlana Zacharova and the Bolshoi Ballet. She has also created for companies such as the Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT), the Stuttgart Ballet, Berlin Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Company in Chicago, Rambert Dance in London, the Companhia Nacional de Bailado (CNB) Portugal, Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz Munich, Musiktheater im Revier (MiR) Gelsenkirchen and The One Grand Show, Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin. Most recently she has created works for Visceral dance Chicago, BalletX Philadelphia, Theater Basel and Staatsballet Karlsruhe. Her own project company Donlon Dance Collective has performed extensively in Dublin, Longford, Siegen, Neuss, Leverkusen, Houston and Berlin. More info donlon.de.
Roy Assaf Dance, (Israel). Roy began formal training at the age of sixteen, when he joined a dance group led by Regba Gilboa at the community center in Kiryat Gat. In 2003 he met the internationally recognized choreographer Emanuel Gat and made his mark touring worldwide with Gat as both performer and choreographic assistant from 2004-2009. Since 2010, he has created work independently. His work has been performed renowned venues and festivals including the Théâtre National de Chaillot, Jacob’s Pillow, Bolzano Danza, Pavillon Noir, Biennale di Venezia and the 17th Biennale de la Danse in Lyon. More info royassafdance.com.
REHEARSAL DIRECTORS / TEACHERS
Eoin Mac Donncha, Ballet master / Co-Rehearsal Director (Ireland). Eoin trained at The Rambert School of Ballet in London before working at various state theatres in Germany including Stadtheater Giessen and Staatstheter Saarbrucken. He has worked with the Cathy Sharp Dance Company, Switzerland, the Expressions Dance Company, Australia, and has danced for Ballet Hagen under the direction of renown choreographers including Wayne McGreggor. Currently, he works as a soloist in Budapest with choreographer Pál Frenák. Eoin has taught at the Hong Kong academy of performing arts in Hong Kong, and has set a piece for the students of the graduating year there.
Eoin will teach morning class and will assist the choreographers and rehearse the new works. He will be in the studio at all times, to assist with artistic matters.
Laura Macken, Co-Rehearsal Director (Ireland). Laura Macken trained at The Irish National College of Dance and joined Dublin City Ballet as a student member at the age of 15. Dancing with the company for several years Laura danced corps de ballet and solo roles in ballets such as Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Pas de Quatre, and Gisele. Laura teaches company classes and has worked as rehearsal director for John Scott Dance for several projects. Laura has taught on past Step Up programmes in 2013 and 2018, and in 2020 and 2021 took on the role of Rehearsal Director. More info lauramackendance.com.
In addition, participants will have opportunity to do class with the Choreographers leading the individual programme elements and with a number of guest teachers based in Ireland.
Independent dance artists are required to initiate their own opportunities, to manage their career paths and often their own projects. 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 include
- Personal Coaching with Rivca Rubin (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 rivcarubin.com.
- Connecting with key personnel within the dance field in Ireland
- Connecting with Step Up Alumni to hear their experiences since participating in Step Up
TIMEFRAME / KEY DATES
The full training / rehearsal / performance period runs from Monday 5 July – Friday 28 August 2021, using state of the art studios and facilities at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL initially, and then at Dance Limerick, before performing in Limerick and touring to three-four venues including Backstage Longford and Project Arts Centre, Dublin.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Covid Protocols | All participants will be required to provide a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours of joining the programme. Participants will be accommodated together so as to form a bubble or working pod and will be required to maintain contact only within the pod for the duration of the programme.
Rehearsals will take place 10.00 – 6.00pm Monday to Saturday for the duration of the rehearsal period. Some additional hours in the evening or on Sunday will be required, at the discretion of the choreographers.
6 Selected dancers will receive a full Step Up 2021 Scholarship which includes:
- Free access to the full programme.
- Accommodation Sunday 4 July – Friday 28 August inclusive.
- A weekly stipend toward day to day living costs.
- Travel expenses during the tour.
Participants must be available on an exclusive basis for the full programme.
What’s Not Covered:
- Travel Expenses to and from Ireland / Limerick
- Accommodation outside of the dates above
- Health Insurance
- Covid Testing in advance of joining the programme
We are seeking applications from exceptional young dancers who will graduate prior to Summer 2021 or who have graduated from professional level dance training within the past three years.
Please send your CV and a personal statement outlining your motivation to be involved in Step Up along with web links of recent live dance footage, on stage or in studio, made at home or outdoors to include:
- An excerpt of a dance solo
- An excerpt of improv
Applicants should submit one pdf, as an email attachment, to include cv, personal statement and web links. Please note individual video files and documents linked to Google drive cannot be accepted.
The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 30 April to firstname.lastname@example.org with Step Up Application in the subject line.
A shortlist of applicants will be invited to audition in in mid-May and letters of offer will be sent in the week immediately following the audition.
Queries on the application / process can be addressed to Jenny Traynor, Programme Director at email@example.com.
Step Up Dance Programme is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy for Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.
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