Culture Night at John's Square!
Thu 18 Sep '14

To celebrate Culture Night 2014, John’s Square - outside our doors here at Dance Limerick - will spring to life with an imaginative showcase of Limerick youth arts groups including Limerick Youth Dance, Fresh Film Festival, Music Generation, Limerick Youth Theatre and Scoil Uí Ruairc Irish dancing school.
Join us for live music, dance, theatre and film screenings for all ages. All welcome!

Friday 19 September 2014
From 5.30pm-10pm

Mon 08 Sep '14

Dance Limerick Residencies 2015
Closing Date 10 October 2014

Professional dance artists and ensembles are invited to submit proposals for projects to be researched and/or developed in 2015 at the studio, or the performance space, depending on the nature of the project. Residencies are open to national and international dance artists in all genres for a period of two weeks.

The Residency aims to provide:
1. professional dance artists with space and some support for research, experimentation, practice development and/or performance of new work
2. local dance professionals with opportunities for interaction and networking

The selection is competitive and the selection panel will choose artists who can make the best use of the facilities available and who will have a positive impact on the professional dance community.

Dance Limerick also has a particular interest in receiving applications from artists who wish to:
a) premiere new work at Dance Limerick
b) engage with local non-dance communities e.g. through conversations or research workshops, possibly leading to the making of new collaborative work

As part of each Residency, we encourage artists to share their work either through a work-in-progress showing or through a talk. First Fridays, an initiative of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at UL, is now well established in Limerick and this forum provides the opportunity for artists to share and talk about their work with like-minded professionals and advanced dance students. As the name suggests, this forum meets on the First Friday of each month and we try to programme residencies at Dance Limerick to coincide with these dates.

Both Dance Limerick and the studios at UL are accessible to wheelchair users.

About our Residencies
Residencies may be for the following purpose(s)
1. Exploration, research, development and experimentation or
2. Taking an already developed idea to the next stage or
3. Rehearsal / production weeks if premiering new work at Dance Limerick

What Dance Limerick can provide
• 2 weeks studio time
• If required, support in identifying local communities within whom you may wish to work
• Accommodation provided for up to 4 artists/collaborators in apartments or artist-friendly houses depending on availability at the time of the residency
• A contribution of up to €30 per person toward travel costs for up to 4 artists/collaborators
• Peer feedback if showing work at First Friday session
• Residency listing in our printed and online newsletter

What Dance Limerick asks in return
• That resident artists deliver a company class, at least once each week during residency
• That artists interact with the local dance community through sharing of work or a talk about your work
• That you contribute a news item for our website
• The Dance Limerick logo on all future publicity materials relating to the work resulting from your residency
• Your feedback and suggestions

Criteria for selection - Applicants must demonstrate:
• A close fit with the aims of the Residency
• A proven track record in making dance work
• A focus on new work that will be interesting / relevant within a local context and to local artists
• The ways in which the residency will contribute to the artist’s development and to his/her work
• A financial capacity to undertake the residency on the basis of what Dance Limerick can offer
• Feasibility, particularly within the context of Dance Limerick's budget

Proposals will be assessed by a panel on the basis of the above criteria.
Applications should be made on the accompanying application form and emailed to
Closing Date for receipt of applications is Friday 10 October 2014

Fri 29 Aug '14

Limerick Dance Artist-in-Residence Megan Kennedy is hosting auditions on Tuesday 14 October in Limerick for a new production in March 2015.

Megan Kennedy is looking for four high-calibre professional contemporary dancers with strong technique and versatile performance style. Please send your CV, photograph, and a short movement video clip (no longer than 3 minutes) to

Closing date Friday 19 September

Applicants must be available for the following rehearsal and performance dates, to be held in Limerick:

March 2nd - March 28th inclusive

This residency is a partnership between the artist Megan Kennedy, Dance Limerick and Limerick City & Council Council and is supported by The Arts Council.

Artist in the Community Scheme: Information Event Fri 26 Sept
Wed 27 Aug '14

Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, in partnership with Dance Ireland and supported by Dance Limerick, will host an information event in relation to the Arts Council's Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2014: Collaborative Dance.
Interested artists will learn about the application process and how a bursary can help facilitate and support experiment, research and professional development.

Friday 26 September 2014 | 3.00pm-4.30pm
Dance Limerick Studio

Further info:

Dreams Under My Feet: Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre
Wed 27 Aug '14

Dance Limerick is very excited to partner with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre in their magical new production Dreams Under My Feet, being presented with support from Limerick City of Culture and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL.

Dreams Under My Feet brings you to a place where time is suspended, musicians fly, dancers soar through the air… anything is possible! Aerial dance, traditional Irish dancing, set dancing and music, contemporary dance and rap… it’s all here, so come and follow this promenade show from inside the church to outside on the square and up to the skies!

Saturday 25 October: 2pm & 3.30pm
Sunday 26 October: 12pm, 2pm & 3.30pm
John’s Square, Limerick
€5.00 (individual) / €15.00 (family ticket)
Booking online - details to follow
Advance booking strongly recommended

Dance Ireland: The Road Less Travelled: Career Development for Dance Artists
Wed 27 Aug '14

Facilitator Jo Mangan, (CEO, The Performance Corporation) will draw together the extensive knowledge and experience of the panellists and share her own insights into thinking strategically about an artistic career. Dance artists and students are welcome to join in what promises to be a lively conversation about the options available and the skills needed to build a career in dance.
This is one of three roadshow clinics presented by Dance Ireland.
For further details see

Thursday 02 October | 4.30pm-6.30pm |
Dance Limerick Space | Admisson Free
Panellists: Paul Johnson, Muirne Bloomer, Lisa McLoughlin, Megan Kennedy

Limerick’s first Dance Artist-in-Residence announced: Megan Kennedy
Mon 11 Aug '14

Dance Limerick and Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council are pleased to announce that contemporary dance artist Megan Kennedy will be Limerick’s first Dance Artist-in-Residence. Megan will be in residence at Dance Limerick until June 2015, during which time she will create a new collaborative dance work, engage with local dance artists and initiatives and teach professional classes. The Dance Artist Residency scheme is a partnership between the artist, Dance Limerick and Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council and is funded by the Arts Council. The residency is based at Dance Limerick, John’s Square.

Originally from the US, Megan Kennedy trained at the renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Center in New York City and received a BA Honours Degree from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. She is Co-Artistic Director of the award-winning junk ensemble, based in Dublin, and has toured internationally with junk ensemble and other well-known theatre and dance production companies, including CoisCéim and Brokentalkers. Megan is a Director of Dance Ireland and a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar.

Announcing details of the Dance Artist-in-Residence scheme, Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, said “We’re really pleased that Megan will be our first Dance Artist-in-Residence. Megan is a highly creative and innovative dancer and choreographer who was selected for this role following an open competitive application process. This scheme presents the opportunity for a professional dance artist to work creatively and collaboratively within the local community to develop inspiring new work and we’re really looking forward to seeing what this exciting new project brings to the dance community and beyond in Limerick”.

Dr Pippa Little, Assistant Arts Officer with Limerick City and County Council, stated: “We look forward to supporting Megan in exploring her brief over the coming months, as she develops a new collaborative dance work for the spring. She brings a new energy and vitality to the dance sector in Limerick City and County and will develop new audiences for dance. The possibilities for her project will only become apparent when she undertakes the research phase, exploring Limerick, meeting people and engaging with their experiences”.

Megan Kennedy added “I’m delighted to have been chosen as Limerick's first Dance Artist-in-Residence and to begin my residency in this vibrant city. I look forward to engaging with different arts and health sectors in Limerick and collaborating with dance artists, creators and designers in the city. We will be holding auditions in October for professional dancers for a collaborative dance piece which will be created and performed in 2015 as part of this residency. Details of the application process for these auditions will be posted on shortly”.

Thu 31 Jul '14

Palimpsest, a two-week installation, book-ended by two performance evenings, comes to the Dance Limerick Space from 31 August - 14 September.

Created by John Galvin, Visual Artist, John Greenwood, Sonic Artist and Mark Carberry, Choreographer, Palimpsest comprises both a large-scale multimedia installation and two unique choreographed performance evenings. The architectural space of Dance Limerick (St John's Church) is re-imagined as a recording device, one that has stored traces of the memories and experiences of the inhabitants of Limerick City. These fragments of memory are then 'released' from the walls through an immersive and multi-layered audio visual experience.

Presented in association with Limerick City of Culture under the Made in Limerick strand.

Thu 31 Jul '14

John Scott's Irish Modern Dance Theatre (IMDT) presents a reimagining of Shakespeare's King Lear at Kilkenny Arts Festival in a production specially commissioned by the festival. Starring Valda Setterfield, legend of the New York modern dance scene, in this new version of King Lear, John and his international cast explore themes of parental love, old age, loss of power, fear of death, personal transformation and enlightenment.

Lear Project promises to be a deeply personal, playful and profoundly moving new work.

John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre is a pioneering and diverse ensemble that brings together Cunningham dancers with African torture survivors. Characterised by its passionate, witty and virtuosic choreography, the ensemble has toured its award-winning shows across the world.

A great friend of Limerick, John Scott has performed at Dance Limerick and has taught on the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick. Dance Limerick is proud to recommend this exciting new production and to wish our colleague and friend every success.

Thu 31 Jul '14

The first public performance of a new work in progress created under the Step-Up: Dance Project 2014 takes place at Dance Limerick on Friday 8th August at 7.30pm.
This work has been choreographed by Michael Keegan-Dolan, with dancers on the Step Up programme and members of Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre.
Admission is free and all are welcome but please email to reserve your place.

Step Up: Dance Project 2014 has been running at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick since 7th July and provides a unique opportunity for some of Ireland's most promising contemporary dance graduates to create new work under the direction of Michael Keegan-Dolan.

Dancers featured in this prestigious programme for 2014 are Ailish Maher (Ire), Aifric Ni Chaoimh (Ire), Marion Cronin (Ire), Magda Herzak (Ire/ Pol), Juan Urbina (Ven/ Ire), Adam Faillul (Mal/Ire) and Murni Omar (Mal/ Ire).

Performances of this new work in progress will also take place at:
- the Firkin Crane in Cork, 9th August, 6pm
- DanceHouse in Dublin, 11th August, 6pm
Step Up: Dance Project, is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and the University of Limerick, which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland.

It is an annual, intensive programme of training, rehearsals, performance and development for selected dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years. The Step Up programme enhances these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and improving their professional opportunities in Ireland.

Tue 29 Jul '14

Reminder: The closing date for film submissions to LIGHT MOVES: Festival of Screendance is Friday 1st August. LIGHT MOVES invites filmmakers, choreographers and video artists to submit screendance works for consideration for the forthcoming 2014 programme of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme.
The Festival takes place 6-9 November 2014 at Dance Limerick.
For further info and to submit work, see
LIGHT MOVES will award a range of prizes to both established and student works for work submitted via the open call.

Fri 04 Jul '14

LIGHT MOVES festival of screendance, 6-9 November 2014, is Ireland's first festival dedicated to screendance. Taking place at the Dance Limerick Space, the festival will feature large format screenings, screendance installations, a workshop and a series of paper presentations and panel discussions.

Open Call Notice: Film Submissions
Film-makers, choreographers and video artists are invited to submit screendance works for consideration for their forthcoming 2014 programme of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme.

Submissions can be made online at
Submission deadline: August 1st.
Light Moves will award a range of prizes to both established and student works for work submitted via the open call.

Open Call Notice: Paper Submissions
Light Moves Festival of Screendance is also pleased to announce its call for presentations and paper proposals for inclusion at the Light Moves Symposium 2014: Rooting/ Rerouting Screendance.

The aim of the symposium is to encourage artistic and scholarly exchange in screendance and related disciplines including performance, dance, film, visual arts and text. Proposals are invited from national and international practitioners and scholars for 15-20 minute presentations. Experimental and/or group formats of presentation are welcome.

The theme for this year's symposium is “Rooting / Rerouting Screendance” and papers and project presentations may include but are not limited to the following areas:
The collaborative bridge – balancing interdisciplinarity, dance and technology
Sound and movement
The body on location and in landscape
Scripts and the dramaturgy of screendance
Framed moving bodies
Choreographed/improvised ‘Liveness’ and the fixed medium

Proposals for presentations, papers, and project discussions should be emailed to on or before 22nd July 2014. Please submit in PDF format only.

Proposals should be no more than 300 words and should include:
The title of your paper or presentation
A maximum 300 word abstract (including brief description of the questions, concepts and topics you wish to explore, and how)
State your preferred presentation format/approach
A short biography
AV requirements
Images and weblinks, if necessary

Light Moves is curated and directed by Mary Wycherley and Jürgen Simpson and is a Limerick City of Culture Legacy Project collaboration with festival partners Dance Limerick and DMARC (The Digital Media and Arts Research Centre, CSIS Dept. University of Limerick) and additional support from The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Light Moves gratefully acknowledges the support of Limerick City of Culture and the University of Limerick.


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Dance Limerick exists to support the development of professional dance artists within the Limerick region and beyond.

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