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SCREENDANCE WORKSHOPS WITH MARY WYCHERLEY AT DANCE IRELAND, FRI 19 FEB
Thu 18 Feb '16

Screendance specialist and contemporary dance artist Mary Wycherley will lead two workshops in screendance at Dance Ireland on Friday 19 February. Introduction to Dance & Film: 10am-1pm Afternoon Masterclass: 2pm-5pm For full details, click link on right. Mary Wycherley is a dance artist whose work embraces live performance, choreography and film. In 2015 Mary was appointed Limerick Dance Artist in Residence by the Arts Council of Ireland, a year in which she also premiered In The Bell’s Shadow, a feature length screendance film made in collaboration with choreographer Joan Davis and scored for the Irish Chamber Orchestra by Jürgen Simpson. Mary’s installation work includes a diptych Starting With T, a community project made in collaboration with Mary Nunan and Monica Spencer, funded by Limerick City of Culture 2014, and a triptych The Dance of Making (2012) funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. In 2013 Mary premiered Frames & Fragments and Contour, two Dance Ireland commissions. Mary’s work has been shown at the National Museum of Contemporary Arts Bucharest, American Dance Festival, Solas Nua Arts Centre Washington, VideoDanza Festival Buenos Aires and at home, including Galway Film Fleadh, Kilkenny Arts Festival, West Cork Art Centre, RUA RED Gallery, Fab Lab (Limerick City Gallery off-site exhibition), Fastnet Film Festival, Firkin Crane and the Light House Cinema Dublin. Mary is a guest lecturer in dance and film at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. These workshops are presented by Dance Ireland. *Mary's stunning film "In the Bell's Shadow" will be screened at Dance Limerick on Thurs 31 March at 7pm. See link on right for more info.

LUKE BROWN TO TEACH PROFESSIONAL CLASSES
Mon 08 Feb '16

Contemporary dance artist Luke Brown will lead two professional classes during his residency at Dance Limerick. Fri 19th Feb: 10.00am-11.30am Tues 23rd Feb: 7.30pm-9.00pm Dance Limerick Studio Adm: €7.00 Luke describes his class as "A physical class that works with the centre of gravity and the gentle stacking of limbs in order to roll, slide, fall and float; focusing on human contact, allowing the pouring of weight between two separate bodies; synchronising people to move as one". Luke will be in residence at Dance Limerick for two weeks to research a section of his new work-in-progress Princess. Challenging the idea of a fairytale "happy ever after", Princess explores the humour and absurdity of romance, and the beauty and brutality of true love. Luke was last seen in Limerick performing in the stunning Marble & Bread, created and choreographed by Megan Kennedy, produced by Dance Limerick and performed at The Sailors Home. Professional classes take place at Dance Limerick Studio during residencies by visiting dance artists and are suitable for professional dancers and advanced level students.

ANGIE SMALIS PERFORMS THE MELODY OF THINKING
Fri 05 Feb '16

Thurs 25 Feb | 1.15pm The Tower Theatre, Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, UL. This contemporary Dance Solo explores the dancer’s personal movement vocabulary in a given space and refers to procedural knowledge and observation. 5 thought experiments 5 single momentary events 5 practical experiences of Angie’s natural world. The moments generated could also be the lyrics of a song or a melody that sticks in one’s head for a long time. Forever, rather. Angie will be accompanied by bass player, jazz musician and music tutor, Peter Hannigan. Please note this performance takes place at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, UL.

BARBARA MAHLER TO TEACH 4-DAY WORKSHOP IN KLEIN TECHNIQUE - SOLD OUT
Mon 18 Jan '16

Workshop in Klein Technique Tues 29 March – Fri 1 April | 11am - 5.30 pm Workshop fee: €150 (four days) / €40 (one day) **This workshop is full** Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL are delighted to welcome Barbara Mahler to Limerick. Barbara will lead a four-day workshop in Klein Technique. The workshop will take place at Dance Limerick, John's Square, from Tues 29 March to Fri 01 April. Open to professional dancers and actors/movers. Klein Technique has been in development since the mid 1970s. It is a cohesive movement system that connects the body and mind. The result, over time, is a clarity and sureness of movement, fluidity and a new level of understanding the innate intelligence of one's body. When the bones are aligned we become connected and grounded, efficient and alive. Firmly grounded in the principles of change, possibilities and efficiency through the tools of process, the technique weaves together theory and practice. The workshop will focus on the inherent relationship between these principles and our personal relationship to our bodies. Barbara Mahler is a widely respected choreographer, performer, movement educator, bodyworker and recipient of a 2013 BAX Arts Educator Award. She travels extensively as a guest artist to many festivals and colleges across the US, Canada and Europe, as a master teacher of and major contributor in the development and outreach of Klein Technique™. Barbara's choreographic vision and passion is the small and intimate dance for large and small spaces. An alumn of Hunter College, NYC, she holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Barbara has been a recipient of many grants for her choreography and teaching. **This workshop is full - Our thanks to everyone for their interest!** Photo credit: Julie Lemberger

ROB HEASLIP & LAURA MURPHY IN RESIDENCE
Thu 07 Jan '16

Dance Limerick warmly welcomes Rob Heaslip and Laura Murphy to research their new project which addresses themes of unconscious, unsought and unexpected behavious through physical movement. Rob and Laura will also lead a professional dance class during their residency: Fri 15 January 10am-11.30am €7.00 For further details about Rob and Laura, please see their websites (links on right).

LUKE BROWN IN RESIDENCE
Thu 07 Jan '16

Dance Limerick is delighted to welcome back Luke Brown to research a section of his new work-in-progress Princess. Challenging the idea of a fairytale "happy ever after", Princess explores the humour and absurdity of romance, and the beauty and brutality of true love. Luke will also lead two professional dance classes during his residency: Fri 19 Feb, 10am Tues 23 Feb, 7.30pm Class fee: €7.00 Luke was most recently seen in Limerick in Marble & Bread, created and choreographed by Megan Kennedy, produced by Dance Limerick and performed at The Sailors' Home. For more details about Princess and Luke Brown, please see Luke's website (link on right).

ROB HEASLIP & LAURA MURPHY TO LEAD PROFESSIONAL CLASS
Thu 07 Jan '16

Contemporary dance artists Rob Heaslip & Laura Murphy will lead a professional dance class during their residency at Dance Limerick. Fri 15 January 10.00am-11.30am €7.00 Professional classes take place at Dance Limerick Studio during residencies by visiting dance artists and are suitable for professional dancers and advanced level students.

HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU, KID: DANCE & FILM PROJECT FOR OVER 50s, TASTER SESSION 10 MARCH
Thu 07 Jan '16

Do you enjoy dancing? Like to try something new? Come along and find out about taking part in a new dance project which draws inspiration from famous films, classic scenes and iconic movie stars. No upper age limit - All abilities welcome. Come on your own or bring a friend. Interested? Let us know at (061) 467813 / info@dancelimerick.ie Information Session & Taster Dance Workshop: Thurs 10 March, 2pm Project runs 7 April - 15 May Here’s Looking at You Kid is a partnership project between CoisCéim Broadreach and Dance Limerick and will be led by choreographer Philippa Donnellan.

OPEN O, new project with Mary Nunan & Monica Spencer, begins 11 Feb
Thu 07 Jan '16

Thurs 11, 18, 25 Feb | 7.30pm Open O is a reflective space that provides for a simple encounter involving people, silence, chairs, movement and stillness. That's the dance. Led by contemporary dance artist Mary Nunan and theatre practitioner Monica Spencer, Open O is open to all. No previous experience is required, just come as you are on the night. Further info from nunan.mary@gmail.com Open O is supported by Dance Limerick and proudly funded by Milford Care Centre's Compassionate Communities initiative.

GIVE THE GIFT OF DANCE THIS CHRISTMAS: DANCE LIMERICK LAUNCHES VOUCHER SCHEME
Fri 11 Dec '15

Looking for an unusual, creative but practical gift this Christmas? Why not give the gift of dance, by purchasing a gift voucher from Dance Limerick. The voucher can be redeemed for a range of activities at Dance Limerick, including performances by visiting professional dance companies, dance classes and other events taking place at the John’s Square venue. Vouchers for Christmas may be purchased in person up to Friday 18 December by calling in to Dance Limerick, 1-2 John’s Square, tel (061) 467813 or by emailing your order to jenny@dancelimerick.ie Director of Dance Limerick Jenny Traynor explained “These days many people have lots of “things” but this is an opportunity to give someone an experience. This can be as an audience member at a dance performance – for example we have the wonderful Breandan de Gallai, formerly of Riverdance, performing his new work Linger with us on 4th February – or as a dancer themselves, taking part in one of our many dance classes, from Tots to teens to adults. You decide how much you’d like to spend, give us a call at Dance Limerick, and we’ll arrange your voucher for you”. Dance Limerick promotes professional dance in Limerick and beyond. Through performances, talks, classes, workshops, projects and residencies, Dance Limerick provides opportunities for dance to be created, experienced and discussed in many ways, by all ages.

DANCE CLASSES FOR ALL
Fri 11 Dec '15

Dance Classes for all at Dance Limerick! Dates for each class are: Dance Club for Tots **CLASS IS FULL - WAITING LIST FOR SUMMER TERM ONLY**: From Saturday 16 January Tots Club 1: 10am-10.45am Tots Club 2: 11am-11.45am **Both Tots Clubs are full. If you would like to go on the mailing list to receive details about future classes, please email info@dancelimerick.ie. Please be sure to include your name, contact tel, child's name and age. Dance Club for 5-8yrs **CLASS IS FULL**: From Saturday 16 January 12pm-12.45pm **This class is full. If you would like to go on the mailing list to receive details about future classes, please email info@dancelimerick.ie. Please be sure to include your name, contact tel, child's name and age. Dance Club for 9-14yrs: From Saturday 16 January 1pm-2pm Please book in advance - Very limited availability - See link on right. Contemporary Dance for Adults: From Tuesday 19 January 6pm - 7.15pm Limerick Youth Dance (15-25yrs): From Wednesday 20 January 6pm-8pm New members welcome! Ballet for Adults: From Thursday 21 January 6pm-7.15pm Please email info@dancelimerick.ie for further details.

STEP UP DANCE PROJECT: REPERTORY PROGRAMME
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

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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
jenny@dancelimerick.ie