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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

LINGER, BY BREANDÁN DE GALLAÍ, THURSDAY 4TH FEBRUARY AT DANCE LIMERICK
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.

INKBLOTS: LIMERICK YOUTH DANCE & STANZAS
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)

LIGHT MOVES 2015 FESTIVAL AWARDS
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 UK 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 UK Director/choreographer: Lisa May Thomas; Music: Simon Preston; Sound Design: Jonny Crew. Award for Outstanding Irish Work Chaplet of Roses Ire Director: Colin Gee; Choreographers: Colin Gee, Anglie Smalis. Outstanding Student Work Award Joint award winners: Fence Canada Director/Choreographer: Camille Jemelen and Release Ire 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)

DANCE LIMERICK'S YOUNG DANCERS SHOWCASE!
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.

CONTEMPORARY DANCE IMPROVISATION LAB
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 agnese.santoro@live.com

Professional Dance Class with Katherine O'Malley
Wed 04 Nov '15

Katherine O'Malley, associate artist with Liz Roche Company, will lead a professional dance class while at Dance Limerick for her residency to develop her new solo work "Three Parts Grace". Katherine's class draws on a number of dance techniques and movement practices. It is mostly influenced by a release style and its structure mixes both set and improvised sequences. Katherine focuses on re-establishing and affirming natural body alignment and movement, developing a more global physical awareness and organisation. The class draws on the body's natural weight and momentum while encompassing the lightness and interpretative possibilities of movement language. Fri 06 Nov 10am-11.30am Dance Limerick Studio Class fee €7.00

THE RHYTHM OF FIERCE BY CROI GLAN & FEARGHUS O CONCHUIR AT DANCE LIMERICK, THURS 22 OCT
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 Snap” 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.

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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