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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 www.danceireland.ie 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 www.dancelimerick.ie shortly”.

PALIMPSEST: 31st AUG - 14th SEPT
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.

IMDT'S LEAR PROJECT AT KILKENNY ARTS FESTIVAL, BY CHOREOGRAPHER JOHN SCOTT
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.

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!

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).

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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