What Next dance festival 2020 brings you a programme of fresh and captivating performances and interactions from a bold new generation of dance artists.
Featuring exciting performances, off-site dance, a climate action dance manifesto and the inclusive Ceíli Afro Dabke, What Next has something to offer everyone. Local artists based in Limerick, Cork and Dublin join artists from Madrid, Columbia and France to perform in the city over the festival weekend.
Dive In, Discover Dance at the What Next dance festival, 6-8 February at Dance Limerick.
Download our festival brochure HERE or scroll down to view the calendar of events day by day.
Offsite Pop Up Performances at various locations across Limerick city
Thursday 6 February
Dance & Climate Action - Talk / Workshop at Ormston House
Festival Opening Reception (featuring Pop Up Performances) at Ormston House
Festival Club at Mother Macs
Friday 7 February
Professional Workshop with Jesús Rubio Gamo at Dance Limerick
Friday Performance Triple Bill at Dance Limerick
Festival Club at Mother Macs
Saturday 8 February
Individual Tickets can be booked through the events pages above. Tickets cost €14 full price or €12 concession. Get 10% off by booking your ticket online today, why pay more on the door!
Be a Dance Hero!
Make someone's day by becoming a Dance Hero. From January 2020, when you buy an online performance ticket at Dance Limerick you can choose the option of a second ‘Hero Ticket’ which will be gifted to an individual who is not able to buy their own ticket for financial or other reasons. Hero Tickets available for all What Next performances. Click here for more info.
17 - 28 February
Rachel Sheil and Matt Szczerek will be exploring the generation of movement material from comic books, anime, cartoons & fantasy. Rachel has been interested in this kind of work since her MA in 2016 and is excited to move from solo-making to duets and making work on another body. She hopes to deepen her choreographic practice by finding her unique voice, culminating in a sharing of the duet's work-in-progress.
Fantasy, fiction and animation have different rules. It's a different reality. In this new reality, Rachel wants to explore what's possible; how humans can push past, push through to new depths of magic.
Dance artist Catherine Young returns to Dance Limerick for a 2 week residency to research a new project I am not political. During this time she will host morning classes for professional artists, more info on the classes here.
Catherine also joins us in February as co-curator of the What Next dance festival.
Giving the Gift of Dance this holiday season means sharing creativity, movement, fitness and fun! With such a wide range of events, classes and performances at Dance Limerick, a gift voucher is the perfect present. Vouchers are available for €90, €50, €12.60 for a Performance Ticket.
Get Your Gift Voucher HERE
How to use your voucher:
You can use the gift voucher for any of the events listed below. Simply choose the class, performance or event you would like to attend and email firstname.lastname@example.org / call 061 400 994 with your Ticket Number to reserve your place.
Gift vouchers can be redeemed against the following:
- Adults Dance Classes
- Dance Clubs for Young People
- Evening Performances
- What Next dance festival programme of events
- Gift vouchers are valid for 1 year (expiry 31st December 2020)
- Adult classes vouchers can be redeemed against are: Contemporary Dance, Ballet and our Over 50s Dance Project
- Vouchers not redeemable against Limerick Youth Dance Company
- Pre-booking essential for all events, classes and performances due to limited numbers
Studio Friends Scheme | €70 per year | Open Call for Local Artists | Closing 17 Janurary
In 2020, The Studio Friends Scheme is open for a small number of professional artists interested to develop their work or their practice. The scheme offers 40 hours of studio space which can be used by the hour, day or week and subject to availability. In addition, the subscription will entitle artists to concession rate tickets to Dance Limerick’s performance programmes. Available dates and times are subject to Dance Limerick's evening class schedule and Saturday Dance Clubs.
Performance tickets will be available online and will include all booking fees.
Applications are welcome from dance and performance artists living locally. Interested artists should send a CV and a short statement about how they may wish to use the studio space in 2020.
Please email email@example.com with applications and for more details.
Learn to dance, have fun and meet people from around the world at our Céilí Afro Dabke Performance Project.
Céilí Afro Dabke is a world music céilí featuring African dance, traditional dabke dance from Palestine/Syria and the old style Irish céilí dances.
There are 2 parts to the project:
- A series of 8 free workshops in African dance and dabke in January and February 2020 (workshops suitable for 18yrs+).
- A performance during the public Céili Afro Dabke on Saturday 8 February during the What Next dance festival (céilí suitable for all ages).
Open to everyone to come dance and meet folks from all over the world that live in your neighbourhood. No previous dance experience required.
If you'd like to get involved or would like more info on the project email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 061 400 994.
Tuesdays and Thursdays | 7-9pm
January 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th & February 4th & 6th
Performance: Saturday 8th February, 8pm
Dance Theatre of Ireland are currently recruiting for an immediate opening for the full-time position of Marketing & Finance Executive, closing date 12 December.
Dance Theatre of Ireland is a professional dance Company based in a beautiful, purpose-built Centre for Dance studio and office in Dún Laoghaire, with Award-winning Dance & Health and Educational Outreach programs working locally, nationally and internationally. Winners of a 2019 National Lottery Good Causes Award, over 2,500 people are engaged in a variety dance programs throughout the year at the Centre and in the Community. In very welcoming atmosphere we bring joy to children, teens, Adults and Seniors and introduce them to their creative selves, offering innovative opportunities for all ages to Learn, Create and Perform.
Marketing & Administration Executive
This is a very dynamic position in a busy arts organisation, reporting to the Artistic Directors. A full-time multi-faceted role which includes marketing, social media, accounts management, development and public contact.
To apply please send a cover letter of application and your CV to
The Artistic Directors
All applications will be held in strict confidence.
Collaborative Solo - Fn - Fibonacci Sequence
Follow a number of years of developing duets and large ensemble works, Kristyn Fontanella is focusing on a solo. In this residency Kristyn will study the beginning order of the Fibonacci sequence to create rhythms through traditional Irish dance methods.
The Fibonacci Sequence was made known by Leonardo of Pisa, but was actually discovered by Hemachandra, an Indian poet and polymath who discovered the sequence 50 years before Fibonacci. Indian scholars who had long been interested in rhythmic patterns that are formed from one-beat and two-beat notes studied these numbers.
Kristyn would like to take these patterns and rhythms and interpret them through Irish dance. After finding a basic understanding of the sequence and what possible rhythms, she will invite a musician, mover and poet into the studio to collaborate with their interpretations.
As a dance artist and choreographer, Kristyn Fontanella holds a BFA with high honours in Theatre and Dance from CCSU and an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the University of Limerick. Kristyn has toured the world with many prestigious dance shows including: Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and performed lead female role in Gaelforce Dance.
Her current choreographic works focus on her past knowledge of Irish step dancing and presents it in a contemporary context and has been presented at multiple platforms: Tanzmesse, Düsseldorf Germany; Dublin Dance Festival; Echo Echo Dance Festival, Derry; and KLAP Marseille, France. Kristyn’s latest ensemble work, IN LiMBO has been supported by the Irish Arts Council and will tour Ireland in February 2020. Her current mission is to show another side of the complex world of Irish Step dancing to future generations of dancers.
Dance Limerick presents a new series of morning classes here in our studio in John's Square. Each month a new dance artist will host Wednesday morning classes suitable for professional dance artists and advanced students.
Click here to view all Professional Classes.
Professional dance artists and ensembles are invited to submit proposals for projects to be researched and/or developed in 2020 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.
Our Percolate Residency aims to provide professional dance artists with space and support for research, experimentation, practice development and/or performance of new work.
The selection is competitive, and artists will be selected on the basis of who we think can make the best use of the facilities available and who will have a positive impact on the local dance community.
Dance Limerick also has a particular interest in receiving applications from artists who wish to:
a) Premiere new work at Dance Limerick at the end of their residency.
b) Engage local artists (through talks/ workshops/ performances or in developing work within a socially engaged arts practice.
As part of each Residency, we encourage artists to share their work either through a work-in-progress showing or through debate/discussion with invited peers.
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 toward premiering new work at Dance Limerick.
What Dance Limerick can provide:
• 2 weeks studio time
• Accommodation provided for up to 4 artists/collaborators in studio apartments or artist-friendly houses.
• A contribution of €75 per week, .per artist toward living costs – payable to the lead Applicant on receipt of an invoice
• Residency listing in our printed and on-line newsletter
• Peer feedback / mentoring if required.
In return, Dance Limerick requests the following:
• That resident artists deliver a company class, at least once each week during residency period
• Interaction with the local dance community through sharing of work or a talk about your work
• That you contribute a news item for our website
• That the Dance Limerick logo be included on all future publicity materials relating to the work resulting from your residency
• A completed evaluation form with feedback and suggestions for future residency opportunities
Criteria for selection
Applicants should demonstrate:
• A close fit with the aims of the Residency
• A proven track record in making and presenting dance work
• A focus on new work that will be interesting / relevant to local artists and audiences
• The ways in which the residency will contribute to the artist’s development and to his/her work
• Feasibility, within the context of the Artist’s budget and on the basis of what Dance Limerick can offer
NB Dance Limerick can put the Residency artist in contact with local dance artists if the residency research/work depends on the input of other artists. In such instances, the Residency Artist should be in a position to provide a small fee or stipend for the local artist.
Proposals will be assessed based the above criteria by a selection panel.
Applications should be made on the accompanying application form and emailed to email@example.com.
Closing Date for receipt of applications is Friday 13 December 2019. Applicants will be notified in January 2020.
The suspense is over! Aerowaves are proud to announce the Twenty20 artists selected by the Aerowaves partners, including Dance Limerick:
Panflutes and Paperwork - Ingrid Berger Myhre and Lasse Passage, Norway / The Netherlands
PLI - Viktor Černický, Czech Republic
Postmodern Cool - Inés Belli, Norway
Mechanics of Distance - Máté Mészáros, Hungary
Warrior - Anne-Mareike Hess, Luxembourg/Germany
Bouncing Narratives - Roza Moshtaghi, Norway
The Feline Project - Dagmar Dachauer, Austria
GOLEM - Abis Company / Julien Carlier, Belgium
UN/DRESS MOVING PAINTING - Masako Matsushita / Nanou Associazione Culturale, Italy
CHEERS - Kristin Ryg Helgebostad, Norway
A white sustainable construction - Manuel Rodríguez, Spain
The Angular Distance of a Celestial Body - Alessandro Carboni / Formati Sensibili, Italy
Bir şey - Ekin Tunçeli, Turkey
Alshe/me - Linda Hayford, France
Unauthorised - ZITA / Iris Karayan, Greece
Babae - Joy Alpuerto Ritter, Germany
Stand still you ever-moving spheres of heaven - Henrique Furtado & Chiara Taviani, Portugal / Italy
BEAT "I just wish to feel you" - Collective Dope / Jenna Jalonen, Belgium
FLY! - Markéta Stránská, Czech Republic
The Ephemeral life of an octopus - Léa Tirabasso, Luxembourg/UK
There is a chance to meet the Twenty20 artists at Spring Forward from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April, hosted the Croatian Cultural Centre in Rijeka (Croatia). Save the date!
Aerowaves would like to send the warmest welcome and congratulations to our newly selected artists and special thanks to all the applicants for submitting their works.
Please check out the Aerowaves social media channels to find out more about these choreographers in the coming weeks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Picture: ‘Bouncing Narratives’ Roza Moshtaghi © Josh Lake/Ben Pender
A new project by Laura Sarah Dowdall Dance, PROX-IMIT, experiments with performance that activates and engages space and audience giving them influence to impress upon a performance in a radical and dynamic way.
Laura’s residency in Dance Limerick will explore dynamics of proximity, relation and detachment using a container of scenario based situations, site specific research and public engagement.
For info on Laura's Work-in-Progress Sharing on 25 October click here.
For info on Laura's Professional Workshop on 22 October click here.
Any dancers interested in joining her research can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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