Six promising young dancers have been chosen following a competitive open call and audition process to take part in Step Up Dance Project 2019, Ambre Twardowski, Juliana Tarumoto, Aliina Lindroos, Claudia Gesmundo, Rosie Mullin and Ginevra Cecere. The participants have worked with three renowned international choreographers to create three new dance pieces for the Step Up 19 Triple Bill.
Lost in Translations by Marguerite Donlon (Ireland, Germany). Lost in Translations is the story of ten days, six dancers, five languages, years of experiences, millions of emotions, thousands of questions, hundreds of opinions, one passion, one life. Marguerite says of the work ‘The stories are true and belonging to the dancers. Using these stories as a base we weaved this piece together. Language played a big role in in many ways in the process, hence the title Lost in Translations.’ Marguerite Donlon is the Step Up 19 Artistic Curator.
The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Francesco Vecchione (Italy, Spain). Inspired by the poetry of Amanda Lovelace, Francesco Vecchione wanted to present and verbalise through movement the opinions of 6 young women on their personal role in our present society. With the dancers coming from different cultural and religious backgrounds, the piece depicts how they feel, sometimes stereotyped and always questioning their position in this so called ever evolving society.
Six Hidden Variations by Emanuele Soavi (Germany, Italy). In this interplay six dancers appear and vanish into the dark: an empty space remote from traditional aesthetics and their beautiful bodies. The puzzling sounds that arise are equally without any clear location or reference. Creaking, clattering and cawing. Appearing to take place in a melting, hidden space over multiple times, the performers appear to dissipate, splintering into infinitesimal fragments right in front of our eyes. The piece unfolds like a baroque scenery set.
2019 Irish Tour Dates
26th August at Dance Limerick
28th August at Backstage Theatre, Longford. Info HERE.
30th August at Firkin Crane, Cork. Info HERE.
31st August at Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Info HERE.
More Information on Step Up Dance Project 2019
Marguerite Donlon is an innovative, contemporary choreographer and performer based in Berlin. Known for her humour and profound creativity, her work thrills an unusually broad audience. With stylistic innovation, Irish wit and the combination of different art forms, she has pushed artistic limits to secure a place in the international dance scene.
Francesco Vecchione has danced with Ballet Basel, Nederlands Dans Theater II, Compañía Nacional de Danza, and the Ballett des Saarländischen Staatstheaters (first under the direction of Marguerite Donlon and later, Stijn Celis). His choreography ANNA won the “Castilla y Leon” Prize at the Burgos-New York International Choreography Competition in 2015.
Emanuele Soavi started his career at Opera Roma and Teatro La Fenice in Venice. He then worked with Ballet Dortmund the Dutch company Introdans with Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, William Forsythe and Mats Ek. Since 2016 he has been working as a freelance choreographer for independent ensembles, companies, theaters and universities, among them Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, Theater Aachen and Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne.
The participants received coaching and training from acclaimed dance artists and choreographers during the project, they are:
Prof Dieter Heitkamp (Germany). Dieter Heitkamp will give an in-depth workshop on improvisation techniques as one of the greatest teachers in this field. A dance piece may develop out of this process and will be subsequently performed with the other works. Further information on Prof Dieter Heitkamp HERE.
Rainer Behr (Germany). Rainer is a long time dancer with Pina Bausch. Participants will learn repertoire choreography as well as the philosophy and deeper meaning of each movement handed down to Rainer directly from Pina Bausch. Further information on Rainer Behr HERE.
Eoin Mac Donncha (Ireland) is the Step Up 19 ballet master and rehearsal director. Eoin trained at The Rambert School of Ballet in London before working at various state theatres in Germany including Stadtheater Giessen and Staatstheter Saarbrucken. He has worked with the Cathy Sharp Dance Company, Switzerland, the Expressions Dance Company, Australia, and has danced for Ballet Hagen under the direction of renown choreographers including Wayne McGreggor. Currently, he works as a soloist in Budapest with choreographer Pál Frenák. Eoin has taught at the Hong Kong academy of performing arts in Hong Kong, and has set a piece for the students of the graduating year there. Eoin will teach morning class and will assist the choreographers and rehearse the new works. He will be in the studio at all times, to assist with artistic matters.
Rivca Rubin (England). Rivca will provide personal coaching to the participants. Rivca encourages artists to ascertain their vision, locate the essence and refine their practice, grow purpose, align practice to values, and create working cultures people engage with, flourish and enjoy working in. Further information on Rivca Rubin HERE.
Step Up Dance Project is a partnership between the Arts Council Ireland, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy at University of Limerick, which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland.
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