Choreographic Laboratory with Colin Dunne

Choreographic Laboratory with Colin Dunne. Image by Maurice Gunning
Choreographic Laboratory with Colin Dunne. Image by Maurice Gunning


Free based on successful application


(All day)


Sun 28 Feb '21 to Mon 01 Mar '21


Dance Limerick, 1-2 Johns Square

Period of Laboratory: 31 May – 4 June 2021

Closing date to apply: 1 March

Led by Colin Dunne, the laboratory will provide up to 6 traditional dance artists with a one week intensive to explore methodologies in creative and performance practice. It aims to inspire shared conversations around where traditional dance performance currently stands in relation to the broader dance scene in Ireland.

The laboratory will be of particular interest to artists with a traditional dance background and who are approaching the making of new work through the filter of a contemporary dance practice. The laboratory will:

- Incorporate a daily practice in improvisation in both movement and sound making.

- Provide a space for sharing of ideas for new work

- Excavate processes, stumbling blocks, and new ways forward.

The overall aim is for participants to share, explore, solve problems and develop a way forward through new ideas generated at the laboratory.

This opportunity aims to:

- Stimulate the participants’ movement practice and imagination.

- Give meaningful feedback and support on the artists’ creative and compositional methods.

- Allow a space for reflection on and development of each participant’s unique artistic voice.

- Accommodation in Limerick will be provided along with a stipend of €100 toward living expenses.

How to apply:

Artists should submit by email an Expression of Interest by Monday 1 March (deadline to apply) outlining why you feel this would benefit your practice, along with an Artist Statement and a link to one work you have recently created. Email

Artists must have confirmed their availability for the entire period (31 May – 4 June).

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 15 March.

If you have any further questions, contact Dance Limerick at

About Colin Dunne

Colin Dunne is a leading figure in the world of traditional Irish dance. He collaborates across dance, music and theatre performance platforms in Ireland and internationally.

His first solo show, Out of Time (2008), was nominated for a 2010 Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in dance and toured internationally until 2016 including performances at Biennale de Lyon, Barbican, London and Baryshnikov Arts Centre, NY. His most recent solo show CONCERT, based on the music of Irish fiddle player Tommie Potts, received the 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Award for Music Collaboration in 2018, and a Bessie Award Nomination in 2020.

Recent collaborations include: Session (2019) with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Whitby (2017) with Joan Sheehy, Edges of Light (2016 commissioned by Music Network), and 20 Dancers for the XX Century (2015 Boris Charmatz, at the Tate Museum London).


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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