Following his successful residency at Dance Limerick in 2014, we're delighted to welcome back US based dancer and choreographer Luke Murphy to premiere his exciting new work "Your Own Man/Mad Notions", which fuses storytelling, rich imagery and dynamic movement to create a personal essay on the nature of leaving, returning and searching for home. This intimate and personal piece of dance theatre reveals the quiet story of a man from Cork outside of Cork, a dancer from Ireland away from Ireland and the difficulties of maintaining a long distance relationship with one's cultural identity. Mark your diary now!
Dance Limerick is pleased to welcome back Maiden Voyage Dance with their new dance show for all the family, which brings four dancers and a cast of 15 chairs together in a riotous and playful game of musical movement. Let your imagination run free to their mischievous antics and be swept along with music from Bach and award winning composer Brian Irvine. "an ingeniously executed piece" Belfast Telegraph Choreographed by Enrique Cabrera. Maiden Voyage Dance is Northern Ireland's leading dance commissioning company and is well known for producing distinctive dance performances and programmes that stimulate and enrich audiences and participants. The company is artist-led and works with local, national and international collaborators.
Dance Limerick is delighted to welcome back renowned choreographer John Scott to present a vibrant evening of dance this January. "The Big Message" is an exquisite new solo work, performed by the extraordinary French dancer Kevin Coquelard. "Wandering", exploring the notion of the outsider, brings together operatic arias and dance in this exciting new work-in-progress created and performed by John Scott. The evening concludes with the crowd favourite "Actions", a spectacular duet with Ryan O'Neill and Kevin Coquelard. Not to be missed! Click link on right to book tickets.
Dance Limerick is delighted to announce that Spoken Dance, Limerick's integrated dance company, will hold a series of integrated dance classes from January to April 2015. Open to disabled and non-disabled participants including children (over 8 years), teenagers and adults, these classes will challenge all abilities to create a new and exciting movement vocabulary together. The classes will culminate in a performance with Spoken Dance in April. Classes take place at Dance Limerick Studio (wheelchair accessible). Teacher: Mary Hartney Class Fee: €10 per class/ €60 for 8 classes Day/Time: Saturdays, 2:30pm-4pm Dates: January: Saturday 17 & 24 February: Saturday 21 & 28 March: Saturday 7, 14 & 21 April: Saturday 18 To book or for further details, please contact email@example.com
Physical theatre artist Simon Thompson will lead an investigation into the moving body, through abstract form, in a fascinating workshop on Saturday 10th January at Dance Limerick. The investigations will be based on the work of Jacques Lecoq - best known for his work in physical theatre, movement and mime – by exploring different states of tension and a variety of impulses and stimuli to generate a quality and beauty of movement. This workshop will be physical and will suit those with a knowledge of performance, an interest in physical theatre and/or those who work with gesture as a narrative form. Places limited to 12 - Booking essential. Workshop fee: Pay what you can. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place. Simon Thompson trained with Jacques Lecoq in Paris and began his professional life as a clown in the late 1980s. Having spent many years touring across Europe and Asia working in circus, theatre and festivals, Simon trained with the Master Clown Philippe Gaulier, whereupon he discovered his love of the Bouffon and the art of parody. In 2007, he established Orchard Theatre Company, which produces exciting physical theatre, along with a range of educational and training work. 2014 saw Simon return to the stage with a solo clown theatre show which toured Ireland, the UK and Denmark. Simon lives in Limerick.
Click on link to the right to book tickets for Neither Either. Inspired by the writings of Seamus Heaney, the Liz Roche Company (Dublin) and Maiden Voyage Dance (Belfast) join forces to perform a new dance work that explores the predicament of living out two conflicting states of mind at once. Choreographed by Liz Roche and set to an original score by Neil Martin, identities, beliefs, emotions and aspirations are put to the test in this poignant blend of dance, poetry and music. Conflicting identities and habits within oneself, adapting to change and drawing distinctions are at the crux of the piece which looks to Heaney’s quote from Place and Displacement. Post Show Talk Join us after the show for a discussion between Liz Roche, theatre artist Mike Finn and Dr Aoife McGrath, Chair of Dance Limerick. Click on link to the right to book tickets for Neither Either.
Our classes will be finishing up for the season the week beginning 1st December and will recommence in the new year the week beginning 12th January. This means the following are the specific dates for each class: Contemporary Dance for 55yrs+: Finishes Tues 02 Dec; Re-starts Tues 13 Jan 2015 Contemporary Dance for Adults: Finishes Tues 02 Dec; Re-starts Tuesday 13 Jan 2015 Limerick Youth Dance: Finishes Wed 03 Dec; Re-starts Wed 14 Jan 2015 Ballet for Adults: Finishes Thurs 04 Dec; Re-starts Thurs 15 Jan 2015 Dance Clubs for Tots/5-8 yrs/9-14yrs: Finish Sat 06 Dec; Re-start Sat 17 Jan 2015 Thank you everyone for helping to make Dance Limerick such a vibrant centre for dance in Limerick! Have a lovely break and we look forward to welcoming you back in the new year!
Click link on right to book tickets! The Irish National Youth Ballet on its inaugural tour is delighted to visit Limerick City of Culture 2014. INYB has put together an hour long programme to celebrate ballets past and future. Three stunning excerpts from the work of international choreographers Charles Czarny and Royston Maldoom will be performed, along with a ballet choreographed for INYB by Kilian O'Callaghan in 2014. The four ballets will delight everyone from the youngest to the most seasoned theatregoers and will show the diversity and the dynamism of this young company. A programme not to be missed.... Click link on right to book tickets...
A reminder to all our class participants that, due to Light Moves: Festival of Screendance, there will be no classes on Wednesday (Limerick Youth Dance), Thursday 6th (Ballet) and Saturday 8th (Dance Clubs for Tots, 5-8yrs and 9-14yrs). Classes will be back to normal next week (week commencing 10th November). In the mean time, why not have a look at the Light Moves festival programme and come and see some funny, intriguing, engaging and entertaining dance films! Full festival programme is available at www.lightmoves.ie
Spoken Dance, Limerick's professional integrated dance company, is facilitating three workshops during October for disabled and non-disabled participants. Workshop Dates: Thursday 9th October Thursday 16th October Thursday 23rd October Time: 7pm-9pm Venue: University of Limerick, PESS Building. These workshops are free of charge. No experience required. Further info (086) 1268222.
Our Dance Clubs for Tots, 5-8yrs and 9-14yrs will take a break on Saturday 25th October. Classes will resume the following week, Saturday 1st November. Please note that, due to the Light Moves: Festival of Screendance, there will be no classes at Dance Limerick on Thursday 6th and Saturday 8th November. Classes will be back to normal the following week.
Tickets for Dreams Under My Feet are available online! 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! Performance Dates & Times: Saturday 25 October: 2pm & 3.30pm Sunday 26 October: 12pm, 2pm & 3.30pm John’s Square, Limerick €5.00 (individual) / €15.00 (family ticket) Please click the "Book Tickets" link on the right to find the performance date and time of your choice. Advance booking strongly recommended. Presented in association with Dance Limerick, Limerick City of Culture and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.
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