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.

Thu 03 Jul '14

Are you aged between 15-25yrs? Are you passionate about dance?
Why not come along to our free Taster/Audition Session for Limerick Youth Dance on:
Wednesday 3rd September
at Dance Limerick Studio, 1&2 John's Square, Limerick.

If you enjoy the taster, you can join Limerick Youth Dance for a term/year*. All you need is:
- A passion for dance
- A commitment to be part of a dance ensemble, a group of people dedicated to LYD dance projects
- To participate in weekly workshops
- To want to develop as a dancer, perform on stage & screen, meet other young dancers and come to dance events!

*Limerick Youth Dance new term/year begins on Wed 10th Sept.
Term 1: Sept-Dec 2014
Term 2: Jan-April 2015
Term 3: April-June 2015
Membership Fee: €25.00 + Fee Per Term: €100.00
Further info: (061) 467813 /

Tue 01 Jul '14

Step-Up: Dance Project 2014 runs at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick from 7th July - 12th August and this year's project features a special partnership with Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre.

Now in its fourth year, Step Up: Dance Project is once again playing host to some of Ireland’s most promising contemporary dance graduates. Following a national open call in April, the highest number of applications to the project to date were received. For the first time, auditions were part of the selection process and the number of shortlisted dancers increased from six to seven this year, an increase which was made possible through this year’s partnership with Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre Company.

The shortlisted dancers selected to take part in the prestigious programme 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).

For the duration of the project, the participating dancers will reside at UL, utilising the state of the art studios and facilities at the Irish World Academy. The prestigious programme will culminate in the performance of a new work to be performed at Dance Limerick, the Firkin Crane in Cork and DanceHouse in Dublin over the last weekend of the project (August 8 – 11).

This year’s dancers are working under the direction of choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan. Michael is Founder and Artistic Director of Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre and an associate artist of Sadler’s Well’s Theatre. Most recently, he directed and choreographed a new Stravinsky double bill, The Rite of Spring & Petrushka, which opened at Sadler’s Wells, London in April 2013. It has since appeared at the Galway Arts Festival, Ireland, and the Brisbane and Melbourne Festivals, Australia.

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 will enhance these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and improving their professional opportunities in Ireland.

Step Up: Dance Project 2014 showings:
8th August at Dance Limerick
9th August at Firkin Crane, Cork
11th August at DanceHouse, Dublin

Further info:

Date for your Diary: Culture Night 19th September
Wed 18 Jun '14

Culture Night, Ireland's annual national celebration of all things cultural, takes place on Friday 19th September 2014. Dance Limerick already has plans in the pipeline, so watch this space for updates!

Liz Roche Company and Maiden Voyage Dance in Residence
Wed 28 May '14

Dance Limerick is delighted to welcome two leading dance companies - Liz Roche Company from Dublin and Maiden Voyage Dance from Belfast - to Limerick for a residency in July. These two companies are coming together to create a new dance work, "Neither Either", which explores the predicament of living out two conflicting states of mind at once.
The creative process begins at Dance Limerick and culminates in October-November 2014 with performances in Belfast, Dublin and a cross border national tour, finishing with a performance at Dance Limerick on 27th November.

Further details from the Liz Roche Company website or Maiden Voyage Dance website (see links opposite).

Jean Butler (Choreographer) in Residence with Neil Martin (Composer)
Wed 28 May '14

Renowned dancer and choreographer Jean Butler will be in residence at Dance Limerick with musician, composer and producer Neil Martin, exploring the relationship between music/sound and movement.
Read more about Jean Butler's work at or click on the link opposite.

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The Tain, in association with Dance Limerick
Tue 27 May '14

Dance Limerick is delighted to announce details of The Táin, an exciting hip hop dance theatre interpretation of the famous story of Cúchulainn, which will be in development and rehearsal at Dance Limerick from 16 June-19 July. Presented in association with Dance Limerick, The Táin will be performed at The Milk Market, Limerick from 20-25 July at 9pm nightly.

To buy tickets online for The Táin, click link on right.

About The Táin...
The city is the state, two tribes collide, a hero emerges.
The epic Irish tale of Cúchulainn and Queen Maeve is launched into today’s simmering underworld of tribal turf wars. Fired by passion and pride, Cúchulainn seeks to defend his territory at all costs. In this explosive re-imagining of the ancient story, there are scores to be settled, sacrifices to be made and the ultimate prize to be claimed.
This spectacular production fuses urban art forms with stunning performances by a cast of local, national and international hip hop dance theatre artists, to a searing original soundtrack by Icarus Rising.
Suitable for audiences over 12 years.
Limited seating.
Tickets: €10.00 / €5.00 (concession)
Supported by Limerick City of Culture under the Made in Limerick strand.

Tue 13 May '14

We're thrilled to report that our first dance symposium, Mind in the Flesh: Female Bodies in Contemporary Performance, was a huge success! We were delighted to welcome colleagues, friends and newcomers from the dance sector and beyond to Limerick for three days of stimulating discussion, ideas, thoughts and provocations, as well as some truly stunning performances.

Some of the wonderful feedback we have received includes:
"Dance Limerick have put on a FEAST of dance and discussions... Delighted I made the effort and travelled".
"Thanks so much for creating this event. I really enjoyed a very inspiring day in Limerick, both at Dance Limerick, but also seeing the ancient grandeur of the city".
"With these three days, I feel so nourished - I'm so happy!"

Speaking at the conclusion of Mind in the Flesh, Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, said "We were delighted with the quality of the presentations and performances from all of our participants. We were particularly excited to be able to bring leading national and international artists to Limerick for this event and I would like to express our appreciation to our Co-Curator Isabella Oberlander for her work putting the exciting Mind in the Flesh programme together".

Jenny added "This was also a fantastic opportunity to challenge the Dance Limerick Space and show how incredibly versatile it can be. We are very grateful to Limerick City of Culture, who funded the performance programme of Mind in the Flesh, and to the Arts Council and Limerick City and County Council for their ongoing support".

Lucy Suggate
Fri 09 May '14

Just as Mind in The Flesh, Female Bodies in Contemporary Performance kicked off in the Dance Limerick Space yesterday evening, performer Lucy Suggate was just down the road in the RTE radio studios waiting for her live interview. Lucy spoke with presenter Evelyn O'Rourke about her performance of the "Inquisitive Middle" happening tonight in Dance Limerick at 6pm, and about the concepts and themes being presented at the Symposium over the weekend.

Click on the soundcloud link below to listen to a podcast of Lucy's interview. You can watch Lucy perform 'The Inquisitive Middle' tonight at 6pm in Dance Limerick. And at 8pm the Eddita Braun Company will perform 'Planet Luvos' in the Lime Tree Theatre.

Wed 23 Apr '14

Dance Limerick and Limerick City and County Council Arts Office invite proposals from Dance Artists for a residency based in Limerick from July 2014 – June 2015.

The successful Dance Artist will partner with the two organisations in making an application to the Arts Council’s Dance Artist in Residence Scheme 2014-15.

The aim of the Residency is to offer an Artist the opportunity to develop his/her own practice and to research and create a new collaborative dance work for presentation in Limerick. The Residency will be relevant to artists interested in working in a socially engaged manner in the development of new work with communities of place and/or interest. The Residency will offer opportunity for the Artist to develop an in-depth relationship with a community of his/her choice. The realisation of the Residency may result in a variety of outcomes including but not limited to the following:

The creation of a new work to premiere at Dance Limerick, on John’s Square or another appropriate space within the city or county

The professional development of the artist to produce new work, perhaps in a new context

The engagement of new audiences with dance as an art form

The facilitation of access to and participation in dance for a wider public

Examples of the context in which the Artist may choose to work might include health care, disability, science, cultural diversity, bus drivers, bankers or any community which shares a common interest either socially or through their work place.

Examples of Collaborative Projects

International examples of artists who work collaboratively are She She Pop and Rimini Protocol. An Irish example of a collaborative project might be Visual Artist Jessie Jones’ Prosperity Project with the OPW and The Convention Centre Dublin. See external links for further information on examples. Further Irish examples of collaborative work can by found on run by Waterford Healing Arts Trust.

The Artist in Residence may not reside full-time in Limerick but he/she is expected to be in residence for blocks of time at regular intervals throughout the 12 month period.

Budget and Resources

• €20,000 (pending successful Arts Council application)
• An additional €8,000 for realisation of the project.
• The performance and studio spaces at Dance Limerick will be available to the Artist for the purpose of researching, creating and performing. Spaces and times will need to be booked in advance.
• A desk at the offices of Dance Limerick on a part-time basis.
• Technical support for performances and projects taking place at Dance Limerick
• If not resident in Limerick, the Artist will have access to the Artists Apartments, operated by Limerick City & County Council for blocks of up to two months at a time. Dates for occupancy to be agreed and subject to availability.
• Promotional support for the residency and its activities through Dance Limerick’s regular marketing channels and through the City & County Council Arts Office’s online marketing channels, e-newsletters and social media.

Application Process

Please submit a detailed and fully costed proposal for the project you would like to undertake. This should include fees, materials costs, travel and other expenses.

This is a pre-submission process to the Arts Council’s Dance Artist-in-Residence Scheme and applicants should pay particular attention to the Arts Council’s Guidelines for applying to the scheme. Please use Arts Council template for this proposal - see external link.

Proposals should be accompanied by
• 2-3 online video samples of dance works and/or samples of previous projects.
• A CV / Biography of the Artist

Proposals should be emailed with relevant supporting material to by 12 noon on Monday 28 April 2014.

Selection Criteria

• The quality, originality and ambition of the Artist as demonstrated in the proposal
• The capacity of the Artist to deliver the proposal within the available resources.
• The track record of the Artist within a field of dance practice relevant to this Residency

Selection Process

The successful applicant will be selected on the basis of the Proposal. Should it be necessary to shortlist applicants for interview, these will take place on Tuesday 29 April. The selected proposal will be submitted by Dance Limerick to the Arts Council’s Dance Artist-in-Residence scheme by Thursday 01 May.


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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