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STEP UP: DANCE PROJECT 2014 PUBLIC PERFORMANCE 8th AUGUST
Thu 31 Jul '14

The first public performance of a new work in progress created under the Step-Up: Dance Project 2014 takes place at Dance Limerick on Friday 8th August at 7.30pm. This work has been choreographed by Michael Keegan-Dolan, with dancers on the Step Up programme and members of Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre. Admission is free and all are welcome but please email stepupdanceproject@gmail.com to reserve your place. Step Up: Dance Project 2014 has been running at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick since 7th July and provides a unique opportunity for some of Ireland's most promising contemporary dance graduates to create new work under the direction of Michael Keegan-Dolan. Dancers featured in this prestigious programme for 2014 are Ailish Maher (Ire), Aifric Ni Chaoimh (Ire), Marion Cronin (Ire), Magda Herzak (Ire/ Pol), Juan Urbina (Ven/ Ire), Adam Faillul (Mal/Ire) and Murni Omar (Mal/ Ire). Performances of this new work in progress will also take place at: - the Firkin Crane in Cork, 9th August, 6pm - DanceHouse in Dublin, 11th August, 6pm Step Up: Dance Project, is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and the University of Limerick, which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. It is an annual, intensive programme of training, rehearsals, performance and development for selected dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years. The Step Up programme enhances these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and improving their professional opportunities in Ireland.

REMINDER: CLOSING DATE 1st AUG FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS TO LIGHT MOVES: FESTIVAL OF SCREENDANCE
Tue 29 Jul '14

Reminder: The closing date for film submissions to LIGHT MOVES: Festival of Screendance is Friday 1st August. LIGHT MOVES invites filmmakers, choreographers and video artists to submit screendance works for consideration for the forthcoming 2014 programme of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme. The Festival takes place 6-9 November 2014 at Dance Limerick. For further info and to submit work, see www.lightmoves.ie LIGHT MOVES will award a range of prizes to both established and student works for work submitted via the open call.

CALL FOR FILM & PAPER SUBMISSIONS: LIGHT MOVES
Fri 04 Jul '14

LIGHT MOVES festival of screendance, 6-9 November 2014, is Ireland's first festival dedicated to screendance. Taking place at the Dance Limerick Space, the festival will feature large format screenings, screendance installations, a workshop and a series of paper presentations and panel discussions. Open Call Notice: Film Submissions Film-makers, choreographers and video artists are invited to submit screendance works for consideration for their forthcoming 2014 programme of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme. Submissions can be made online at http://www.lightmoves.ie Submission deadline: August 1st. Light Moves will award a range of prizes to both established and student works for work submitted via the open call. Open Call Notice: Paper Submissions Light Moves Festival of Screendance is also pleased to announce its call for presentations and paper proposals for inclusion at the Light Moves Symposium 2014: Rooting/ Rerouting Screendance. The aim of the symposium is to encourage artistic and scholarly exchange in screendance and related disciplines including performance, dance, film, visual arts and text. Proposals are invited from national and international practitioners and scholars for 15-20 minute presentations. Experimental and/or group formats of presentation are welcome. The theme for this year's symposium is “Rooting / Rerouting Screendance” and papers and project presentations may include but are not limited to the following areas: The collaborative bridge – balancing interdisciplinarity, dance and technology Sound and movement The body on location and in landscape Scripts and the dramaturgy of screendance Framed moving bodies Choreographed/improvised ‘Liveness’ and the fixed medium Proposals for presentations, papers, and project discussions should be emailed to symposium@lightmoves.ie on or before 22nd July 2014. Please submit in PDF format only. Proposals should be no more than 300 words and should include: The title of your paper or presentation A maximum 300 word abstract (including brief description of the questions, concepts and topics you wish to explore, and how) State your preferred presentation format/approach A short biography AV requirements Images and weblinks, if necessary Light Moves is curated and directed by Mary Wycherley and Jürgen Simpson and is a Limerick City of Culture Legacy Project collaboration with festival partners Dance Limerick and DMARC (The Digital Media and Arts Research Centre, CSIS Dept. University of Limerick) and additional support from The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Light Moves gratefully acknowledges the support of Limerick City of Culture and the University of Limerick.

LIMERICK YOUTH DANCE: FREE TASTER/AUDITION, WED 3rd SEPT!
Thu 03 Jul '14

Are you aged between 15-25yrs? Are you passionate about dance? Why not come along to our free Taster/Audition Session for Limerick Youth Dance on: Wednesday 3rd September 6pm-8pm at Dance Limerick Studio, 1&2 John's Square, Limerick. If you enjoy the taster, you can join Limerick Youth Dance for a term/year*. All you need is: - A passion for dance - A commitment to be part of a dance ensemble, a group of people dedicated to LYD dance projects - To participate in weekly workshops - To want to develop as a dancer, perform on stage & screen, meet other young dancers and come to dance events! *Limerick Youth Dance new term/year begins on Wed 10th Sept. Term 1: Sept-Dec 2014 Term 2: Jan-April 2015 Term 3: April-June 2015 Membership Fee: €25.00 + Fee Per Term: €100.00 Further info: (061) 467813 / jenny@dancelimerick.ie

STEP UP: DANCE PROJECT 2014 BEGINS
Tue 01 Jul '14

Step-Up: Dance Project 2014 runs at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick from 7th July - 12th August and this year's project features a special partnership with Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre. Now in its fourth year, Step Up: Dance Project is once again playing host to some of Ireland’s most promising contemporary dance graduates. Following a national open call in April, the highest number of applications to the project to date were received. For the first time, auditions were part of the selection process and the number of shortlisted dancers increased from six to seven this year, an increase which was made possible through this year’s partnership with Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre Company. The shortlisted dancers selected to take part in the prestigious programme are Ailish Maher (Ire), Aifric Ni Chaoimh (Ire), Marion Cronin (Ire), Magda Herzak (Ire/ Pol), Juan Urbina (Ven/ Ire), Adam Faillul (Mal/Ire) and Murni Omar (Mal/ Ire). For the duration of the project, the participating dancers will reside at UL, utilising the state of the art studios and facilities at the Irish World Academy. The prestigious programme will culminate in the performance of a new work to be performed at Dance Limerick, the Firkin Crane in Cork and DanceHouse in Dublin over the last weekend of the project (August 8 – 11). This year’s dancers are working under the direction of choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan. Michael is Founder and Artistic Director of Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre and an associate artist of Sadler’s Well’s Theatre. Most recently, he directed and choreographed a new Stravinsky double bill, The Rite of Spring & Petrushka, which opened at Sadler’s Wells, London in April 2013. It has since appeared at the Galway Arts Festival, Ireland, and the Brisbane and Melbourne Festivals, Australia. Step Up: Dance Project, is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and the University of Limerick, which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. It is an annual, intensive programme of training, rehearsals, performance and development for selected dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years. The Step Up programme will enhance these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and improving their professional opportunities in Ireland. Step Up: Dance Project 2014 showings: 8th August at Dance Limerick 9th August at Firkin Crane, Cork 11th August at DanceHouse, Dublin Further info: stepupdanceproject@gmail.com

Date for your Diary: Culture Night 19th September
Wed 18 Jun '14

Culture Night, Ireland's annual national celebration of all things cultural, takes place on Friday 19th September 2014. Dance Limerick already has plans in the pipeline, so watch this space for updates!

Ballet Class for Adults continues through the summer
Wed 18 Jun '14

Our very popular Ballet Class for Adults is set to continue during the summer! Led by Nora Rodriguez, this class focuses on the basics of ballet technique, building a vocabulary of steps and constructing sentences with what we have learned. Your legs probably won’t touch your ears, but you will develop strength and co-ordination. No previous experience necessary.

Morning Class with Liz Roche
Wed 28 May '14

Dance Limerick is delighted to provide a wonderful opportunity for professional dancers and advanced level dance students to take a class with Liz Roche, one of Ireland's leading contemporary dance performers and choreographers. The class is based on release techniques, focusing on structural alignment and the mechanics of movement in the body. Elements such as suppleness, co-ordination, balance, use of momentum and relationship with gravity are introduced. Participants are encourage to apply these techniques into more complex dance sequences. To book, call Dance Limerick (061) 467813 or email jenny@dancelimerick.ie

Liz Roche Company and Maiden Voyage Dance in Residence
Wed 28 May '14

Dance Limerick is delighted to welcome two leading dance companies - Liz Roche Company from Dublin and Maiden Voyage Dance from Belfast - to Limerick for a residency in July. These two companies are coming together to create a new dance work, "Neither Either", which explores the predicament of living out two conflicting states of mind at once. The creative process begins at Dance Limerick and culminates in October-November 2014 with performances in Belfast, Dublin and a cross border national tour, finishing with a performance at Dance Limerick on 27th November. Further details from the Liz Roche Company website or Maiden Voyage Dance website (see links opposite).

Jean Butler (Choreographer) in Residence with Neil Martin (Composer)
Wed 28 May '14

Renowned dancer and choreographer Jean Butler will be in residence at Dance Limerick with musician, composer and producer Neil Martin, exploring the relationship between music/sound and movement. Read more about Jean Butler's work at www.jeanbutler.com or click on the link opposite.

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The Tain, in association with Dance Limerick
Tue 27 May '14

Dance Limerick is delighted to announce details of The Táin, an exciting hip hop dance theatre interpretation of the famous story of Cúchulainn, which will be in development and rehearsal at Dance Limerick from 16 June-19 July. Presented in association with Dance Limerick, The Táin will be performed at The Milk Market, Limerick from 20-25 July at 9pm nightly. To buy tickets online for The Táin, click link on right. About The Táin... The city is the state, two tribes collide, a hero emerges. The epic Irish tale of Cúchulainn and Queen Maeve is launched into today’s simmering underworld of tribal turf wars. Fired by passion and pride, Cúchulainn seeks to defend his territory at all costs. In this explosive re-imagining of the ancient story, there are scores to be settled, sacrifices to be made and the ultimate prize to be claimed. This spectacular production fuses urban art forms with stunning performances by a cast of local, national and international hip hop dance theatre artists, to a searing original soundtrack by Icarus Rising. Suitable for audiences over 12 years. Limited seating. Tickets: €10.00 / €5.00 (concession) Supported by Limerick City of Culture under the Made in Limerick strand.

MIND IN THE FLESH PERFORMANCE
MIND IN THE FLESH - A HUGE SUCCESS FOR DANCE LIMERICK!
Tue 13 May '14

We're thrilled to report that our first dance symposium, Mind in the Flesh: Female Bodies in Contemporary Performance, was a huge success! We were delighted to welcome colleagues, friends and newcomers from the dance sector and beyond to Limerick for three days of stimulating discussion, ideas, thoughts and provocations, as well as some truly stunning performances. Some of the wonderful feedback we have received includes: "Dance Limerick have put on a FEAST of dance and discussions... Delighted I made the effort and travelled". "Thanks so much for creating this event. I really enjoyed a very inspiring day in Limerick, both at Dance Limerick, but also seeing the ancient grandeur of the city". "With these three days, I feel so nourished - I'm so happy!" Speaking at the conclusion of Mind in the Flesh, Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, said "We were delighted with the quality of the presentations and performances from all of our participants. We were particularly excited to be able to bring leading national and international artists to Limerick for this event and I would like to express our appreciation to our Co-Curator Isabella Oberlander for her work putting the exciting Mind in the Flesh programme together". Jenny added "This was also a fantastic opportunity to challenge the Dance Limerick Space and show how incredibly versatile it can be. We are very grateful to Limerick City of Culture, who funded the performance programme of Mind in the Flesh, and to the Arts Council and Limerick City and County Council for their ongoing support".

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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