Fri 11 Dec '15

Performance Sharing Sat 30 Jan, 5pm | Dance Limerick | Adm Free

Step Up Dance Project past participants return to Limerick for two weeks to take part in an exciting new development to this initiative.

The Repertory Programme will allow participants to gain a concentrated glimpse into the creative processes of renowned choreographers Liz Roche (Ire) and Lea Anderson (UK) as they teach repertoire from Bastard Amber (2015) and Yippeee!!! (2006) respectively, culminating in a Performance Sharing of the two works.

The programme takes place from 15-30 January.
The performance sharing will take place on Saturday 30 January at 5pm. All welcome. Adm free.

Pictured: Liz Roche*, Lea Anderson

*Photo credit: Barry McCall

Fri 11 Dec '15

Dance Limerick warmly welcomes Breandán de Gallaí to perform his stunning new work Linger on Thursday 4th February at 8pm.

A contemporary Irish step dance work for two male dancers, Linger is an immersive theatrical experience which unfolds through a rich tapestry of movement, music, photography and film.

Choreographed and directed by Breandán de Gallaí, former Riverdance principal dancer, Linger explores the poetic potential of Irish dance and examines topics rarely dealt with through the genre, such as identity, sexuality and ageing.

Performed by Breandán de Gallaí and Nick O'Connell.

More details to follow.

"Mesmerising" dance artist Maria Nilsson Waller brings Blanca to Dance Limerick, Thurs 3 Dec.
Tue 24 Nov '15

“Mesmerising” dance artist Maria Nilsson Waller brings “Blanca” to Dance Limerick, Thursday 3 December.

Swedish contemporary dance artist Maria Nilsson Waller brings her new work Blanca to Dance Limerick on Thursday 3rd December at 8pm. In Blanca, cutting edge jazz (by Klabbes Bank and Je Suis!) meets a mix of organic, computer generated visuals and compelling choreography. Inspired by psychology, video games, creation myths and hours of improvisation, Blanca is a visual, moving and poetic reflection on the Sami, Scandinavia’s indigenous people, and a journey of raw sound and physicality.

Tickets €12/€10 (see booking link on right)

Maria Nilsson Waller is a choreographer, performer, musician and designer. She has successfully developed and presented independent dance work across Europe since 2007, often bringing dance to unexpected places and communities. Maria has received a number of commissions and awards and was elected Hoffnungsträgerin (Bearer of Hope) by German magazine Tanz (Dance) in 2015. She is currently working with the Swedish professional football team OFK to create a new dance piece with the players in a unique collision between sport and dance.

Announcing details of the performance of Blanca in Limerick, Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, said “We’re really pleased to present this new work by Maria Nilsson Waller at Dance Limerick. Maria is an exciting up and coming dance artist who is beginning to make a serious impression on the contemporary dance world. I experienced her impressive performance of Blanca at Dublin Dance Festival earlier this year and thought this piece would work beautifully in the Dance Limerick Space, as well as appealing to the wider Limerick community. I would really recommend people to come and experience this performance of Blanca for themselves – It’s beautiful”.

Performed by Maria Nilsson Waller.
Choreography, lighting design, costume design: Maria Nilsson Waller.
Music: Magnus Vikberg, Klas-Henrik Horngren.
Video: José Miguel Jimenez.

“Maria’s movement quality is supreme… pure and entirely mesmerising”, Irish Theatre Magazine.

Audience note: Performance includes flashing lights

Additional Info – Collaborators on Blanca
Klas-Henrik Hörngren has been playing, composing and arranging music in many different constellations including commissioned work for Swedish radio, films and theatre groups. The main forum for his artistic ambitions is his own critically acclaimed band Klabbes Bank with whom he has toured internationally and received many nominations and awards.

Magnus Vikberg is a freelance drummer, mainly working within jazz and improvised music. Some of his current collaborations include Niklas Barno – Je Suis!, Ictus (playing Jimmy Giuffre 3), Erik Oscarsson trio/kvartett, Martin Kuchen trio, Kuchen/Stahl/Bothen/Williamson/Vikberg, Kvartett Blank with Johan Arrias and Aleklint-Bergman-Vikberg. Magnus has collaborated with Maria Nilsson Waller on several projects since 2011.

José Miguel Jimenez is founder and artistic director of The Company theatre company, Dublin. Internationally successful work includes The Rest is Action (2014), Politik (2012) and As you are now, so once were we (2011). José also works as a musician, filmmaker and editor in a range of collaborations, as well as being one third of the Dublin based DRAFF magazine.

Mon 23 Nov '15

Dance Limerick presents “Inkblots”, an evening of contemporary dance and the spoken word, featuring Limerick Youth Dance and Stanzas, Limerick’s young poets, on Saturday 5 December at 7.30pm. This exploration of the poetic body and the dancing mind is the result of ten weeks collaboration between these two exciting groups of young artists. There will also be poetry readings by Stanzonians (members of Stanzas) and music with singer-songwriter Adam Haugh.
Admission €5.00 on the door.
All welcome.

Leading the evening is the performance of Inkblots, a new work, by Limerick Youth Dance and Stanzas. This collaboration seeks to marry the aesthetic of contemporary dance with the rhythmic qualities of language. Angie Smalis, leader of Limerick Youth Dance, explains “The collaboration came about from the need to evoke meaning. The young dancers and poets have been in each other’s presence for 10 weeks and have shared many ideas, thoughts, interpretations, trials and errors, allowing the physical space and the sound of language to re-create and complement each other. Original music composed by Paddy Mulcahy, which will be performed live on the night, is adding another beautiful layer to the piece”.

Shane Vaughan of Stanzas added “Inkblots is an exploration of movement and language; the interchangeability of dance and poetry; a contemporary, mixed-media thrill. Stanzas is always seeking to explore new territory and give voice to the experimental, and this collaboration does exactly that”.

Inkblots will be followed by a Closed Mic section, featuring spoken word performances by nine Stanzonians: Paul McNamara, Linda Louise Galvin, Courtney McKeon, Mike McGrath, Aisling O’Connor, Fiona Grimes, Mel White, Stefan Barry and Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin.

Rounding off the evening will be Limerick singer-songwriter Adam Haugh. Adam is one half of The Jackpot Sundays, but will be performing solo on this occasion. The Jackpot Sundays – Adam Haugh and Jared Nadin – are a growing feature on the Limerick scene, as anyone who has seen them live can attest.

Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, is very excited at the prospect of the project coming to fruition: “Dance Limerick is always looking for ways to involve more people in dance and to encourage creative collaborations with dance and other disciplines. We have a wealth of talent among our young artists in Limerick and this has been a great opportunity to bring two key youth arts groups together. We’re very proud of what our Limerick Youth Dance members have achieved this term and this partnership with Stanzas has expanded their creative experience and brought them on an exciting and really interesting journey. We’re really looking forward to the 5th of December.”

Additional Info:
Limerick Youth Dance (LYD) is an ensemble for young people who have a passion for dance. LYD gives young people aged 15-25 the opportunity to develop as a dancer, to create new dance pieces and to perform on stage and screen. LYD meets for two hours every Wednesday evening at Dance Limerick Studio.

Stanzas is an event for emerging writers to express themselves and develop their craft. Stanzas members meet once a month in Hook and Ladder, Sarsfield Street. The next regular Stanzas event is scheduled for 22 January 2016 and is themed “The Hangover”.

Production Credits for Inkblots:
Performed by Limerick Youth Dance members.
Choreography: Angie Smalis and Limerick Youth Dance.
Original Poetry: Shane Vaughan, Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, Caleb Brennan.
Music: Paddy Mulcahy
Lighting: Gearoid O hAllmhurain
Costume: Angie Smalis
Projections: Shane Vaughan
Original Photography: Lucy Dawson

(Photo of Limerick Youth Dance by Lucy Dawson)

Mon 23 Nov '15

The Light Moves 2015 Festival Awards were presented on the final day of the festival.
We're delighted to announce the awardwinners in each category below. Our congratulations to all the nominees and award recipients!

Light Moves Festival Prize:
Liquid Gold is the Air
Created by Roswitha Chesher, Rosemary Lee;
Choreographer: Rosemary Lee.
(Image: Still from Liquid Gold is the Air)

Award for Most Innovative Use of Sound:
The Touch Diaries
Director/choreographer: Lisa May Thomas;
Music: Simon Preston;
Sound Design: Jonny Crew.

Award for Outstanding Irish Work
Chaplet of Roses
Director: Colin Gee;
Choreographers: Colin Gee, Anglie Smalis.

Outstanding Student Work Award
Joint award winners:
Director/Choreographer: Camille Jemelen


Director/Choreographer: Conor O'Brien

Special mention:
Stoixeia/Elements, by Limerick Youth Dance

For a full list of the nominees in each section, please visit the Light Moves Facebook page (link on right)

Tue 10 Nov '15

Sat 5 Dec | 3pm | Dance Limerick Space | Adm Free

Join us for a celebration of Dance Limerick’s young dancers!
Our class participants have been working hard all term, learning new moves, making new friends and striding into the beautiful world of dance.
Come and see contributions from our Tots Club, 5-8yrs class and 9-4yrs class.
All welcome.

Tue 10 Nov '15

Tuesdays 7.30pm (beginning 10 Nov)
Dance Limerick Studio

Professional dance artists are invited to take part in a new initiative beginning at Dance Limerick in November.

Initiated by contemporary dance artist Agnese Santoro, participants will be encouraged to practice their improvisational skills, share ideas, develop new concepts and engage in dialogues of movement and sound.
Further details from

Fri 09 Oct '15

Integrated dance company Croí Glan and choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir bring their exciting new show The Rhythm of Fierce to Dance Limerick on Thursday 22 October at 8pm. This unmissable collaboration rides the energy of club classics from the nineties and envelops the audience in a world of fabulous imagination and primal rhythm. Tickets EUR12.00/10.00.

“Rhythm is a dancer
It's a soul's companion
You can feel it everywhere
Lift your hands and voices
Free your mind and join us
You can feel it in the air
It's a passion

Described as “a show for everyone who has ever boogied in their bedroom and felt their fierce freak on the dancefloor”, The Rhythm of Fierce combines the light of dance with the dark of club culture and rewards audiences with a performance that excites, challenges and glitters. Renowned choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir says “Fierceness, fun, fantasy and surprise are the qualities drawn out, creating a porousness between performers and audience”.

Performed by Dawn Mulloy, Mike Daley, Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín, Mary Nugent.
Directed and choreographed by Fearghus Ó Conchúir

Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company is a professional contemporary dance company based in Cork, which performs work that includes dancers with and without physical disabilities. Founded by Tara Brandel and Rhona Coughlan, the critically acclaimed company has earned a reputation for its commitment to integrated innovative dance, both in its performance and education. Croi Glan highlights the artistic value of creating performance with diverse bodies by producing high calibre work by esteemed choreographers from Ireland and abroad, and touring this work nationally and internationally.

Wed 07 Oct '15

Dance Limerick was very pleased to receive a huge number of applications for our Short-Term Residencies 2016.

The following dance artists and their collaborators have been selected to join us at Dance Limerick next year to research and/or develop new work:

Luke Brown
Ruairi Donovan
Rob Heaslip
Beatrice Jarvis
Sheena Kelly
Luke Murphy
Lin Snelling
Ruth Zanella

Congratulations to all and we look forward to welcoming you to Limerick!

All welcome to opening event of Still, We Work, National Women's Council of Ireland exhibition, Mon 12 Oct, 3pm
Tue 06 Oct '15

Still, We Work, a touring exhibition presented by the National Women's Council of Ireland, opens at Dance Limerick on Monday 12 October. All are welcome to the free opening event, an introductory talk by Still, We Work initiator Valerie Connor, followed by a celebratory launch at 4pm.

This touring exhibition seeks to challenge mainstream representations of women and work.
The opening hours will be Mon 12th - Sat 17th October 12 noon-5pm and Sunday 18th Oct 2pm-5pm.

Curated by Michele Horrigan, the Limerick iteration presents Vagabond Review’s photographic series (In)Visible Labour Factorium at Dance Limerick, while artworks by Sarah Browne, Anne Tallentire and Miriam O’Connor are sited at other venues in the city.

For the opening event, Valerie Connor will introduce the conceptual framework driving this exhibition. Her talk will consider the legacies and current iterations of site-specific and participatory visual art practices, in turn reflecting on the intentions behind the working process of the artists in Still, We Work.

On Tuesday 13 Oct at 3pm, there will be a talk on Lady Mary Heath, the 1920s pioneering aviator from West Limerick, by Lindie Naughton, author of Lady Icarus – The Life of Irish Aviator Lady Mary Heath.

In 1928, Lady Mary Heath, born in Newcastle West, County Limerick, flew her tiny open-cockpit biplane from Cape Town to London, the first solo pilot to make the trip. It took her three months in an epic adventure that included forced landings, bureaucratic bungling, hostile natives and a bullet or two.

Never one to sit still for long, Lady Mary had already pioneered women’s athletics in Britain and helped introduce women’s track and field to the Olympics. Hear more about her contribution to a liberal understanding of women’s role in society from Lindie Naughton, author of Lady Icarus - the first full-length biography of Mary Heath.

Other related events take place at Limerick City Gallery of Art and The Hunt Museum during the week.

Mon 05 Oct '15

As We Know It: A conversation between Irish dancers
Sharing | Thursday 8 October | 7.30pm | Dance Limerick

This new work by Sibéal Davitt and Kristyn Fontanella challenges prevailing attitudes within traditional Irish dance. As We Know It takes the form of a frank conversation between a sean-nós dancer and a traditional step dancer, interrogating each other's perceptions while progressing towards a new movement dialogue. All are welcome to this sharing of this work-in-progress.

During their shared experience on the MA Contemporary Dance Performance programme at University of Limerick (UL) in 2013, Sibéal Davitt and Kristyn Fontanella discovered many similarities on their journey from traditional into contemporary movement. After completing the course, they felt compelled to collaborate and create new movement together.

They were delighted to be awarded Dance Ireland’s Mentored Residency in Traditional Dance under world-renowned dance artist and performer Colin Dunne. During this residency, they explored the connections between the established styles of Irish traditional dance (step dance and sean-nós dance) and found a new language of movement to traditional music. This involved looking at sean-nós and step dancing from different perspectives and finding ways in which to create new choreography which is unique to them as traditional/contemporary dancers. While working closely with traditional music, they use different choreographic methods such as spoken word, floor patterns and improvisation.

The aim of Kristyn and Sibéal’s joint choreographic practice is to debunk certain attitudes which exist in the realm of traditional Irish dance. It is their view that a well-recognised division exists regarding the different forms of Irish dance. Irish dancers perceive other Irish dancers to be different, from another world, but are yet all defined under the same title. The piece they are currently working on while in residence at Dance Limerick takes the form of a frank conversation between a sean-nós dancer and traditional Irish step dancer, challenging each other’s perceptions, while also presenting a new movement dialogue unique to both.

They pave an honest and humorous ground to communicate. They are not interested in pasting styles on top of one another, but rather in exploring a mutual language, something they recognise as part of their journey through contemporary dance as traditional dance artists.

Sibéal and Kristyn would love to ask what the future is for Irish traditional dance, or the oxymoronic ‘contemporary traditional Irish dance’, in a world where its meaning has become blurred and also pastiche in a commercial sense.

Dancer Biographies:
Sibéal Davitt
Sibéal is one of Ireland’s leading professional sean-nós dancers. Having won TG4’s talent show ‘Glas Vegas’ in 2009, she went on to perform in Las Vegas and other noted venues and festivals including Electric Picnic, Celtic Connections, the Abbey Theatre and the National Concert Hall. Sibéal learned classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dance from the age of 5 and is currently developing her choreographic practice in the range of Irish traditional and contemporary dance.

Sibéal recently completed an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at UL where she worked with acclaimed choreographers. She was awarded Dance Ireland’s Mentored Residency Award under Colin Dunne in 2014 and performed a work-in-progess alongside Kristyn Fontanella, which is currently being further developed.

She will perform a 'physical proclamation' as part of 'Embodied', a series of 6 solos by Irish female choreographers commissioned by GPO: Witness History Public Art Commission and Dublin Dance Festival in April 2016.

Kristyn Fontanella
Kristyn is a Limerick based dance professional with a broad range of experience in dance and theatre. Best known for her lead role in Gaelforce Dance, her training in many dance forms has taken her all over the world with professional touring companies such as Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. This experience and the influence of her fellow artists on tour has informed her unique expression as a choreographer and her current choreographic process within the worlds of contemporary dance and traditional Irish step dance.

In her short time in Ireland, Kristyn she has choreographed for 4th year students at UL and showcase material for Musical Theatre Ireland in Cork. She was awarded Dance Ireland’s Mentored Residency Scheme in 2014 with Sibéal Davitt for work with Colin Dunne, as received support from Limerick City and County Council for her participation in Limerick Dance Collective’s Sum of Parts in 2015. Kristyn is currently working with Jean Butler on her new duet with cellist Neil Martin, which will premiere in New York this November 2015.

Kristyn is currently a dance tutor at Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL. She holds a BFA in Theatre and Dance from Central Connecticut State University, an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from UL and is a certified Irish Dance Teacher with An Coimisiún le Gaelacha since 2009.

Wed 16 Sep '15

The programme for Light Moves festival of screendance 2015 has been announced. Highlights of this year’s programme include:
- European premiere of 24 Frames Per Second, a multi-arts commission by Carriageworks, Australia’s leading contemporary arts centre;
- Special screening of performance artist Matthew Barney’s Drawing Restraint 9;
- 55 works by 92 national and international screendance artists;
- Screendance Symposium;
- Screendance Lab;
- Children’s Workshops.

Light Moves takes place 19-22 November 2015 in Limerick and is produced by Dance Limerick, in partnership with DMARC (Digital Media and Arts Research Centre) at University of Limerick. Full details and booking information from (link on right)

Now in its second year, Light Moves is Ireland’s only festival dedicated to dance on film and video art with movement as a central theme and is a response to the vibrant and expanding area of dance film/screendance in Ireland. Curated by Jürgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley, the festival combines feature films, invited works, open submissions and explorations of screendance with some of the most respected figures in this field.

24 Frames Per Second, commissioned by Carriageworks, Australia’s leading multi-arts centre, sees ten discrete artworks presented at Dance Limerick, LSAD (Limerick School of Art and Design) and an outdoor installation on Lower Cecil Street. This partnership with Light Moves, which is a European premiere, embraces an expanded notion of dance, with the selected artists practising embodied movement in a variety of forms. Curators of the Carriageworks commission Beatrice Gralton and Nina Miall state: “An encounter with the works in 24 Frames Per Second highlights the exhilarating physicality of dance as it is presented on screen, from individual movement to collective expression, from endurance to exhaustion, from rehearsal to performance”.

Among the feature films presented this year, a festival highlight will be the special screening of Matthew Barney’s Drawing Restraint 9, the most complex instalment in an ongoing series, begun in 1987, which seeks to explore “resistance as a pre-requisite for development and a vehicle for creativity”. In this experimental film Matthew Barney and singer/composer Bjork board a Japanese whaling vessel and don wedding clothing for a special ceremony. This screening has been enabled through the support of the Gladstone Gallery, New York.

A new addition to this year’s programme is the invitation to leading figures in the dance/screendance and performance world to share their experiences through a guest talk. Renowned British choreographer Siobhan Davies will be in public conversation with the Light Moves curators. Siobhan’s work has been shown at some of the most prestigious art institutions in the UK and Europe and her work with David Hinton, The Running Tongue, will be shown at Light Moves as part of the Carriageworks/24 Frames Per Second project. Seminal performance artist Nigel Rolfe will give a talk entitled The Caught In Between. Nigel’s works Track and Into the Mire will be screened as part of the Invited Works programme.

In addition to works invited to the festival, almost 40 open submissions with movement as a central theme will be presented. Over 140 submissions were received from 30 countries in response to an international open call, with those to be shown selected by Light Moves Curators Mary Wycherley and Jürgen Simpson.

An important element of the festival programme will once again be the Light Moves Screendance Symposium, which takes place over two half-days during the festival. The theme of the symposium, “Peeling Away the Layers”, kindles an exploration and interrogation of the tendencies and scope of screendance. The keynote address will be presented by the internationally renowned screendance artist, writer and advocate Claudia Kappenberg, editor of the International Journal of Screendance, while 24 speakers from Europe, the US and Canada will share their experiences, thinking and practice.

The Light Moves Screendance Lab invites choreographers, filmmakers, editors, composers and performers to interrogate, explore and challenge dance filmmaking processes. This two day workshop will be led by Lucy Cash and Marisa Zanotti, two active filmmakers immersed in the world of screendance.

A workshop for young explorers (7-11 yrs) invites budding artists to create sound for film with acclaimed sound artist and educator Slawek Kwi, while for smaller children (3-6 yrs), dance artist and teacher Rachel Sheil will lead an interactive workshop encouraging creative movement through story-based improvisations.

Speaking at the launch of the programme for Light Moves 2015, festival curator Mary Wycherley said “We present a festival of opportunities which offers new and thought-provoking ways of engaging with performance and movement on screen. The works presented explore and expand the notion of choreography, enabling the body to take centre stage whilst advocating screendance as a way of both making film and thinking about film and dance. The exceptional response to this year’s Open Call for works attests to a continued vibrancy in the field of screendance that is evident nationally and internationally, and that reflects a wide spectrum of activity and enquiry”. Co-curator Jürgen Simpson added “We’re especially pleased this year to welcome Australia’s leading contemporary arts centre Carriageworks, whose ambitious commissioning initiative 24 Frames Per Second has enabled the creation of 24 striking new works. Light Moves 2015 is delighted to host the first international exhibition of a selection of these works, with a further selection to be presented in 2016, in conjunction with Limerick City Gallery of Art”.

Light Moves festival of screendance was established in 2014 as a legacy project under Limerick City of Culture. Light Moves 2015 takes place in Limerick, 19-22 November 2015 and follows the highly successful inaugural festival last year. Ireland’s only festival dedicated to dance on film and video art with movement as a central theme, Light Moves is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of dance film / screendance in Ireland and internationally. The festival is curated by Jürgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley and produced by Dance Limerick, in partnership with DMARC, University of Limerick. Light Moves is supported by the Arts Council, Limerick City and County Council, Dance Limerick and DMARC, University of Limerick. See (link on right)


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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