Thu 02 Oct '14

Light Moves: Festival of Screendance, was a great success! The festival included feature length films, short film screenings, panel discussions, symposium speakers and an extensive mentored and technically supported Dance Film Lab. The Festival was the first of its kind in Ireland and dedicated to the art of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme. Combining invited works and open submissions, LIGHT MOVES featured a host of curated screendance events in the exceptional setting of Dance Limerick, John’s Square. LIGHT MOVES was curated and directed by Mary Wycherley and Jürgen Simpson and produced by Dance Limerick with Festival Partner DMARC (Univ. of Limerick) with additional support from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (Univ. of Limerick). It was a Limerick City of Culture legacy project. For the full festival programme see the Light Moves website (link on right)

Tue 30 Sep '14

Light Moves: Ireland's inaugural festival of screendance, is here! Thurs 6 - Sun 9 November 2014 Ireland’s first festival celebrating dance on film features beautiful, funny and engaging films for all ages at 69 O’Connell Street and Dance Limerick. For tickets and the full festival programme, see (click link on right) Featuring over 60 works from 18 countries, the festival programme includes short films, features and family screenings, plus installations and documentaries selected from an Open Call, all designed to entertain, provoke and invite discussion. Light Moves is curated and directed by Mary Wycherley and Jürgen Simpson in collaboration with Dance Limerick and DMARC (University of Limerick), with additional support from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. Light Moves is a Limerick City of Culture legacy project. Light Moves programme highlights include the comical ballet Playtime, directed by Jacques Tati, which will be the Irish premiere of the newly restored digital version of the classic film, as well as Alexander Sokurov’s masterpiece Russian Ark. The programme will also include a series of free screendance installations running daily at Dance Limerick, in addition to special family screenings of Disney’s Fantasia and Mad Hot Ballroom for young and old alike at 69 O’Connell Street (formerly The Belltable). A programme of six short screenings of curated works received through an international Open call will be presented at Dance Limerick. The Open Call received over 150 film submissions from over 30 countries across the globe. These works were reviewed and selected for the festival programme by Festival Directors Mary Wycherley and Jurgen Simpson. Light Moves will also include a Symposium running over two days of the festival. Entitled Rooting/ Rerouting Screendance, the symposium will feature a keynote address from the seminal figure in screendance Douglas Rosenberg whose works Here Now With Sally Gross and Circling will also be screened. The Light Moves Screendance Lab, Screened Dance and The Dance Screen, takes place Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th of November at the University of Limerick. The Lab will be led by some of the most respected international dance film-makers: Douglas Rosenberg, founding editor of The International Journal of Screendance, the award-winning creative team behind GOAT media Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes, and Light Moves co-curator Jurgen Simpson.

Culture Night at John's Square!
Thu 18 Sep '14

To celebrate Culture Night 2014, John’s Square - outside our doors here at Dance Limerick - will spring to life with an imaginative showcase of Limerick youth arts groups including Limerick Youth Dance, Fresh Film Festival, Music Generation, Limerick Youth Theatre and Scoil Uí Ruairc Irish dancing school. Join us for live music, dance, theatre and film screenings for all ages. All welcome! Friday 19 September 2014 From 5.30pm-10pm

Mon 08 Sep '14

Dance Limerick Residencies 2015 Closing Date 10 October 2014 Professional dance artists and ensembles are invited to submit proposals for projects to be researched and/or developed in 2015 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. Aims The Residency aims to provide: 1. professional dance artists with space and some support for research, experimentation, practice development and/or performance of new work 2. local dance professionals with opportunities for interaction and networking The selection is competitive and the selection panel will choose artists who can make the best use of the facilities available and who will have a positive impact on the professional dance community. Dance Limerick also has a particular interest in receiving applications from artists who wish to: a) premiere new work at Dance Limerick b) engage with local non-dance communities e.g. through conversations or research workshops, possibly leading to the making of new collaborative work As part of each Residency, we encourage artists to share their work either through a work-in-progress showing or through a talk. First Fridays, an initiative of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at UL, is now well established in Limerick and this forum provides the opportunity for artists to share and talk about their work with like-minded professionals and advanced dance students. As the name suggests, this forum meets on the First Friday of each month and we try to programme residencies at Dance Limerick to coincide with these dates. Both Dance Limerick and the studios at UL are accessible to wheelchair users.

 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 if premiering new work at Dance Limerick What Dance Limerick can provide • 2 weeks studio time • If required, support in identifying local communities within whom you may wish to work • Accommodation provided for up to 4 artists/collaborators in apartments or artist-friendly houses depending on availability at the time of the residency • A contribution of up to €30 per person toward travel costs for up to 4 artists/collaborators • Peer feedback if showing work at First Friday session • Residency listing in our printed and online newsletter What Dance Limerick asks in return • That resident artists deliver a company class, at least once each week during residency • That artists interact with the local dance community through sharing of work or a talk about your work • That you contribute a news item for our website • The Dance Limerick logo on all future publicity materials relating to the work resulting from your residency • Your feedback and suggestions Criteria for selection - Applicants must demonstrate: • A close fit with the aims of the Residency • A proven track record in making dance work • A focus on new work that will be interesting / relevant within a local context and to local artists • The ways in which the residency will contribute to the artist’s development and to his/her work • A financial capacity to undertake the residency on the basis of what Dance Limerick can offer • Feasibility, particularly within the context of Dance Limerick's budget Proposals will be assessed by a panel on the basis of the above criteria. Applications should be made on the accompanying application form and emailed to Closing Date for receipt of applications is Friday 10 October 2014

Fri 29 Aug '14

Limerick Dance Artist-in-Residence Megan Kennedy is hosting auditions on Tuesday 14 October in Limerick for a new production in March 2015. Megan Kennedy is looking for four high-calibre professional contemporary dancers with strong technique and versatile performance style. Please send your CV, photograph, and a short movement video clip (no longer than 3 minutes) to Closing date Friday 19 September Applicants must be available for the following rehearsal and performance dates, to be held in Limerick: March 2nd - March 28th inclusive This residency is a partnership between the artist Megan Kennedy, Dance Limerick and Limerick City & Council Council and is supported by The Arts Council.

Fri 29 Aug '14

To begin our new season of dance classes, we're hosting some free taster sessions at The Milk Market, Limerick (upstairs) on Sunday 31 August and Sunday 7 September. All are welcome to come along and give dance a go! The free taster sessions are: - Dance Club for 9-14yrs: Sunday 31 August, 2.00pm-3.00pm - Contemporary Dance for Adults: Sunday 31 August, 1.00pm-2.00pm - Dance Club for Tots (2-4yrs): Sunday 7 Sept, 10.00am-10.45am - Dance Club for 5-8yrs: Sunday 7 Sept, 1.00pm-1.45pm A special free taster and audition session for Limerick Youth Dance will take place at Dance Limerick on Wednesday 3 September from 6pm-8pm. Limerick Youth Dance is a great way to develop as a dancer, to perform on stage and screen and to meet other young dancers, so all young people aged 15-25 are welcome to come along on September 3rd and give dance a go. Classes start the week beginning 8 September, as follows: - Contemporary Dance for Adults: Tuesdays 6pm-7.15pm - Contemporary Dance for 55yrs+: Tuesdays 2pm-3.15pm - Limerick Youth Dance (15-25yrs): Wednesdays 6.00pm-8.00pm - Ballet for Adults: Thursdays 6pm-7.15pm - Dance Club for Tots (2-4yrs): Saturdays 11.00am-11.45am - Dance Club for 5-8yrs: Saturdays 12pm-12.45pm - Dance Club for 9-14yrs: Saturdays 1.00pm-2.00pm Teachers for each class have been carefully selected for their experience and expertise, but also for their ability to encourage class participants to develop their confidence and skill, to express themselves through movement and to have fun. Classes are open to boys and girls, men and women and no previous experience is required. Announcing details of the new season, Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick said “As a resource organisation for dance in Limerick, we aim to provide opportunities for dance to be created and experienced by all ages and by professional and non-professional dancers alike. For our new season, we have added some new dance clubs for our younger communities and have made some changes to our classes for adults and older people. For the professional community, we also have a nice series of professional morning classes with visiting artists so, all in all, we’re very excited about our new programme and hope to get everyone moving this autumn!” For further info, please call Dance Limerick (061) 467813 or email

Artist in the Community Scheme: Information Event Fri 26 Sept
Wed 27 Aug '14

Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, in partnership with Dance Ireland and supported by Dance Limerick, will host an information event in relation to the Arts Council's Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2014: Collaborative Dance. Interested artists will learn about the application process and how a bursary can help facilitate and support experiment, research and professional development. Friday 26 September 2014 | 3.00pm-4.30pm Dance Limerick Studio Further info:

Dreams Under My Feet: Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre
Wed 27 Aug '14

Dance Limerick is very excited to partner with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre in their magical new production Dreams Under My Feet, being presented with support from Limerick City of Culture and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL. Dreams Under My Feet brings you to a place where time is suspended, musicians fly, dancers soar through the air… anything is possible! Aerial dance, traditional Irish dancing, set dancing and music, contemporary dance and rap… it’s all here, so come and follow this promenade show from inside the church to outside on the square and up to the skies! Saturday 25 October: 2pm & 3.30pm Sunday 26 October: 12pm, 2pm & 3.30pm John’s Square, Limerick €5.00 (individual) / €15.00 (family ticket) Booking online - details to follow Advance booking strongly recommended

Dance Ireland: The Road Less Travelled: Career Development for Dance Artists
Wed 27 Aug '14

Facilitator Jo Mangan, (CEO, The Performance Corporation) will draw together the extensive knowledge and experience of the panellists and share her own insights into thinking strategically about an artistic career. Dance artists and students are welcome to join in what promises to be a lively conversation about the options available and the skills needed to build a career in dance. This is one of three roadshow clinics presented by Dance Ireland. For further details see Thursday 02 October | 4.30pm-6.30pm | Dance Limerick Space | Admisson Free Panellists: Paul Johnson, Muirne Bloomer, Lisa McLoughlin, Megan Kennedy

Limerick’s first Dance Artist-in-Residence announced: Megan Kennedy
Mon 11 Aug '14

Dance Limerick and Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council are pleased to announce that contemporary dance artist Megan Kennedy will be Limerick’s first Dance Artist-in-Residence. Megan will be in residence at Dance Limerick until June 2015, during which time she will create a new collaborative dance work, engage with local dance artists and initiatives and teach professional classes. The Dance Artist Residency scheme is a partnership between the artist, Dance Limerick and Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council and is funded by the Arts Council. The residency is based at Dance Limerick, John’s Square. Originally from the US, Megan Kennedy trained at the renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Center in New York City and received a BA Honours Degree from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. She is Co-Artistic Director of the award-winning junk ensemble, based in Dublin, and has toured internationally with junk ensemble and other well-known theatre and dance production companies, including CoisCéim and Brokentalkers. Megan is a Director of Dance Ireland and a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar. Announcing details of the Dance Artist-in-Residence scheme, Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, said “We’re really pleased that Megan will be our first Dance Artist-in-Residence. Megan is a highly creative and innovative dancer and choreographer who was selected for this role following an open competitive application process. This scheme presents the opportunity for a professional dance artist to work creatively and collaboratively within the local community to develop inspiring new work and we’re really looking forward to seeing what this exciting new project brings to the dance community and beyond in Limerick”. Dr Pippa Little, Assistant Arts Officer with Limerick City and County Council, stated: “We look forward to supporting Megan in exploring her brief over the coming months, as she develops a new collaborative dance work for the spring. She brings a new energy and vitality to the dance sector in Limerick City and County and will develop new audiences for dance. The possibilities for her project will only become apparent when she undertakes the research phase, exploring Limerick, meeting people and engaging with their experiences”. Megan Kennedy added “I’m delighted to have been chosen as Limerick's first Dance Artist-in-Residence and to begin my residency in this vibrant city. I look forward to engaging with different arts and health sectors in Limerick and collaborating with dance artists, creators and designers in the city. We will be holding auditions in October for professional dancers for a collaborative dance piece which will be created and performed in 2015 as part of this residency. Details of the application process for these auditions will be posted on shortly”.

Thu 31 Jul '14

Palimpsest, a two-week installation, book-ended by two performance evenings, comes to the Dance Limerick Space from 31 August - 14 September. Created by John Galvin, Visual Artist, John Greenwood, Sonic Artist and Mark Carberry, Choreographer, Palimpsest comprises both a large-scale multimedia installation and two unique choreographed performance evenings. The architectural space of Dance Limerick (St John's Church) is re-imagined as a recording device, one that has stored traces of the memories and experiences of the inhabitants of Limerick City. These fragments of memory are then 'released' from the walls through an immersive and multi-layered audio visual experience. Presented in association with Limerick City of Culture under the Made in Limerick strand.

Thu 31 Jul '14

John Scott's Irish Modern Dance Theatre (IMDT) presents a reimagining of Shakespeare's King Lear at Kilkenny Arts Festival in a production specially commissioned by the festival. Starring Valda Setterfield, legend of the New York modern dance scene, in this new version of King Lear, John and his international cast explore themes of parental love, old age, loss of power, fear of death, personal transformation and enlightenment. Lear Project promises to be a deeply personal, playful and profoundly moving new work. John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre is a pioneering and diverse ensemble that brings together Cunningham dancers with African torture survivors. Characterised by its passionate, witty and virtuosic choreography, the ensemble has toured its award-winning shows across the world. A great friend of Limerick, John Scott has performed at Dance Limerick and has taught on the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick. Dance Limerick is proud to recommend this exciting new production and to wish our colleague and friend every success.



What Next - Closing Party | Music for Chameleons with Padraic E. Moore | Sat 10
What Next - Programme 2 | Saturday 10 Feb
What Next - Programme 1 | Friday 9 Feb

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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