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).
We are delighted to welcome Davide Terlingo, Head of Dance at the Arts Council to lead a Dance Funding Clinic providing information about the various funding schemes offered to dance artists. The clinic will be held at 2pm on 23rd January at Daghdha Space.
Funding programmes covered will include Dance Project Award, Bursary Awards, Travel & Training and Dance Artist Residency Scheme only. The Clinic will cover:
The purpose and priorities of the award
The application process
The assessment and decision making process
There will be an opportunity for Q&A and general advice for making an application. In order to provide a meaningful clinic, the focus will remain on the topics outlined above and it will not be possible to use the clinic to address individual or unsuccessful funding decisions.
Admission Free but please reserve a place at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ballet Ireland's talented dancers are sizzling in this fantastic new ballet. Bizet's music is pure dance. And Lime Tree Theatre are offering PLAN members tickets for just €10 for the performance on 12 December.
Thanks to everyone who signed the petition and to Megan Kennedy for organising and submitting. The Travel & Training Awards offered by the Arts Council to Dance artists have been reinstated.
It is nice to know that change can be effected when we protest nicely. Many thanks to the Arts Council and all involved.
The city of Limerick has always been an important creative city for me. Some of my early works premiered at The Belltable Arts Centre, and recently The Lime Tree Theatre. I am excited to be back in Limerick and at Dance Limerick's beautiful venue at St.John's Church. It seems fitting that during our week of CoisCéim Connections programme, we are able to present "Missing" at St. Johns. I feel the work will grow and benefit from our time here, as the building has a beautifully atmospheric sense of place and creative contemplation.
I am looking forward to meeting the Limerick audiences and artists and hope this visit will be the beginning of a long and happy dialogue between CoisCéim and Dance Limerick.
David Bolger, Artistic Director
This week we have a chance to immerse ourselves in the creative process once again through our residency at Dance Limerick. The change in environment is welcome as it always has a positive effect on the making of a new piece. As your daily pattern changes so does your thinking and so we are expecting our time spent in St. Johns Church will be productive and inspiring. Its also great to be able to show an extract of the work on Saturday. These informal ways of showing work help us transition from the inward intensity of the development and rehearsal process into performance in a more gradual way, and also catch the work at an early point where feedback is vital.
Dancers and choreographers aged 18-30 can apply for £30,000 and mentoring through the Sky Arts Futures Fund.
Closing Date Friday 6 December 2013
The Futures Fund is open to UK and Irish applicants working in the following fields:
• Performing arts theatre-makers including directors, producers, puppeteers
• Dance including dancers and choreographers
• Music including composers, conductors, musicians and songwriters
• Visual art including painters, photographers, animators, digital artists
• Creative producing - for people who bring together different artists
• Creative writing including playwrights, novelists and poets
A diverse range of dance programming for Autumn/Winter 2013 was unveiled last night as part of the launch of Dance Limerick, a new support and development organisation for professional dance artists in Limerick City.
Funded by the Arts Council and Limerick City Council, Dance Limerick has taken up residency in the dance space at the former St John's Church, which had previously been occupied by Daghdha Dance Company. Since the closure of the company, the Mid West Region has been without a large-scale professional dance resource.
The Dance Limerick programme includes classes for professional dancers, children and over 50s. Highlights in the performance programme are a triple bill that includes the Liz Roche Company and a performance of Missing by CoisCéim Dance Theatre.
In a clear move to entice dance artists back to Limerick City, Dance Limerick has also announced an open call for artists interested in residencies, which include funding and rehearsal space.
Encouraging dance artists to engage with Dance Limerick, Director Jenny Traynor said: “The Dance Limerick door is wide open. We invite dance artists to get in touch with proposals and ideas”.
Speaking at the launch, the Arts Council's Arts Director John O'Kane spoke of Limerick's legacy in dance and referred to “the special connection the Daghdha Space building has with dance audiences in Limerick”.
Performing at the launch were dancers Laura Murphy, Katherine O'Malley, Lisa McLoughlin, Nora Rodriguez and Dagmara Jerzak in a specially created commission by choreographer Mary Nunan.
With Limerick City of Culture 2014 rapidly approaching Dance Limerick is positioned as a key player in Limerick's arts and cultural scene.
PRESS RELEASE FOR DANCE LIMERICK – LIMERICK'S NEW CONTEMPORARY DANCE HUB
Dance Limerick, a new support and development organisation for professional dance artists launches in Limerick city. Funded by the Arts Council and Limerick City Council, Dance Limerick has taken up residency in the impressive dance space at the former St John's Church, which had previously been occupied by Daghdha Dance Company.
Dance Limerick's Director Jenny Traynor is leading the charge to reinvigorate dance in Limerick city. Jenny Traynor has a solid track history in contemporary dance having managed CoisCéim Dance Theatre, one of Ireland's leading dance companies, for over ten years. Ms Traynor has also previously worked at Project Arts Centre and the Arts Council. Commenting on the launch of Dance Limerick Ms Traynor says:
“The facilities at John's Square are absolutely phenomenal and I am delighted to have the opportunity to programme these world class facilities for dance artists and dance audiences in Limerick.”
Dance Limerick will officially launch at 7pm on Thursday 3rd October in the Church, now known as the Daghdha Space, John's Square. Choreographer Mary Nunan has been commissioned to create a performance especially for the event. An established and well regarded choreographer Mary Nunan is Course Director of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the University of Limerick and was also the founding Artistic Director of Daghdha Dance Company.
“It is really fitting that Mary Nunan is creating a commissioned piece for the launch of Dance Limerick. Mary is responsible for so much of the excellence in dance that has happened in Limerick city in the last 25 years. In some way, Mary embodies dance in the Limerick region and I’m really excited to have her piece as part of our launch.” says Jenny Traynor.
Mary Nunan's commissioned performance will feature five female dancers, and is set to the 2nd movement of Schubert's String Quintet. A celebration of dance and of the beautiful space at Dance Limerick the performance resonates with the lyrical beauty of Schubert's composition. Commenting on her commission for Dance Limerick Mary says:
“In working on this piece I really wanted to celebrate the capacity that the dancers have and bring a layer of subtlety and detail to relatively simple movements. It takes a lot of skill and sensitivity to do this so I’m delighted to have this opportunity to work with what I consider to be some of the best dancers in Ireland in choreographing this work. I rarely work with music so taking Schubert's composition as my starting point was very unusual for me. What I've really tried to do here is to get inside the music with movement, in essence to get in under the music.”
Tickets for the launch of Dance Limerick are available via facebook www.facebook.com/dancelimerickhub
Following the launch in October, Dance Limerick will offer a programme of performances, residency opportunities, master classes, talks and lectures. The programme to the end of 2013 includes performances by the Liz Roche Company, CoisCéim and the Donnellan Dance Company.
Established and renowned choreographer Mary Nunan has been commissioned to create a piece especially for the launch of Dance Limerick on the 3rd October at the Daghdha Space. An experienced and accomplished choreographer Mary Nunan is currently Course Director of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the University of Limerick, and was the founding Artistic Director of Daghdha Dance Company.
Mary's commission (currently unnamed) has at its starting point the romantic and lyrical 2nd movement of Franz Schubert's String Quintet in C major. Fittingly Mary has created an ensemble piece with five female dancers. The choreography meets the otherworldly tranquility of the music with grounded, soft, earthy movements as the dancers trace patterns in the space. It also holds a steady intensity as it passes through the turbulent passages of the music with movement patterns that, rhythmically and spatially, fall together and apart: repeatedly.
A celebration of dance and also a celebration of the beauty and space of the church (Daghdha Space), the performance very much honours Schubert's composition while not slavishly following it. Commenting on her commission Mary says:
“In working on this piece I really wanted to celebrate the capacity that the dancers have and bring a layer of subtelty and detail to relatively simple movements. It takes a lot of skill and sensitivity to do this so I’m delighted to have this opportunity to work with what I consider to be some of the best dancers in Ireland in choreographing this work. I rarely work with music so taking Schubert's composition as my starting point was very unusual for me. What I've really tried to do here is to get inside the music with movement, in essence to get in under the music.”
Mary's commission is 15 minutes long and will be performed in front of approximately 100 guests at the launch of Dance Limerick on Thursday 3rd October. The five female dancers performing the piece are Katherine O'Malley, Lisa McLoughlin, Laura Murphy, Nora Rodriguez and Dagmara Jerzak.
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