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NATIONAL DANCE RESIDENCY PARTNERSHIP
Tue 10 May '22

About the National Dance Residency Partnership

The NDRP is a partnership between Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick, Firkin Crane, Galway Dance Project and Tipperary Dance to provide a networked support to choreographers in the production of new dance work. By coming together, the partners acknowledge that our collective infrastructure and resources can go further and encourage more ambition in the dance sector.

We are delighted to announce that this year's recipient of the award is Robyn Byrne

Each partner is contributing financially and in-kind space which will allow for six weeks rehearsal time across the country. This award includes a financial award of €10,000 to support the residencies and invest in the development of the new work, a bursary for the successful choreographer to attend Tipperary Dance International Festival, and the time and support of artistic staff.

Through this award, it is our intention to open up the model of making dance work in Ireland by de-centralising opportunities throughout the country, whilst building networked production models supported by a strong partnership infrastructure.

NDRP & Queen of the Meadows - Robyn Byrne

"It's very daunting to take your first steps as a choreographer. I have been craving the time to develop my work in a non-pressured environment, where I have the space to try new ideas, to throw them out, to try again and to slowly refine over a period of time. I'm so excited that I have been given the space through NDRP to do just this. I will be using this time to continue devising a new work, Queen of the Meadows, whilst also building invaluable connections across the major dance organisations in the country.

The inspiration for Queen of the Meadows came after the passing of my grandmother. I wanted to honour her life through dance and performance and pay tribute to a generation of women who, along with their folklore are slowly disappearing. I remember growing up around my grandmother’s unconventional, “old fashioned” ways; putting cobwebs on my cut knees instead of plasters, knocking on wood or having bizarre cures for various ailments. I always recall these moments in my head with such theatricality that they almost seemed otherworldly, absurd and far-fetched.

I will be devising this work in collaboration with Danish dancer Susanne Engbo- Andersen. Over the course of the NDRP, we will develop the choreographic language of the piece and contextualise our work through historical and social research. Through movement, sound, text and song we will take the essence of Old Wives Tales to build scenes and universes that are visually, sonically and emotionally rich."
- Robyn Byrne

About Robyn Byrne

Robyn is a contemporary dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Westmeath, working across dance, theatre, film, and spectacle - always with dance as the driving narrator. Her 2020 screendance ‘O before I,’ has been screened nationally and internationally, most notably being Leeds International Film Festival 2021. Her most recent performance credit is ‘Night Dances’ by Emma Martin/United Fall for Dublin Theatre Festival 2021, where her own work ‘Heat Sink’ also had a sharing. Other projects for this year include ‘Glimmer’, co-directed by Robyn Byrne & Rachel Ní Bhraonáin for for LIve Collision International Festival, and a work-in-progress sharing of "Queen of the Meadows" as part of the Originate Showcase at Dublin Dance Festival. Robyn will also be performing in Junk Ensemble’s new production ‘The Cold Sings.’

Dance Limerick is Hiring
Thu 07 Apr '22

Dance Limerick is seeking an experienced and dynamic Programme Co-Ordinator to work closely with the Director to deliver and promote the company’s activities across the areas of artist development, audience development and public participation programmes.  This is an exciting role for an enthusiastic individual who wishes to work within a busy contemporary arts environment.

Closing date Monday 9 May

To apply, please send cv to include the names and contact details of 2 former employers as referees, along with a motivation letter setting out your suitability for this post.  Applications via email only to jenny@dancelimerick.ie

Aerowaves seeks new CEO/Director
Thu 10 Mar '22

Aerowaves plays a unique role in connecting choreographers, dance programmers and dance enthusiasts. A network of 47 Partners in 34 countries, they bring the most promising new contemporary dance to audiences across Europe.

The organisation is seeking an outstanding new CEO/Director to lead the network into the next phase of life when founder John Ashford steps down after 25 years. 

A senior professional with extensive dance sector experience, the CEO/Director will have a current overview of contemporary dance across Europe, and a track record of working in partnership with artists and presenters. 

The new director will have a vision for how Aerowaves can contribute to artform and audience development, and the expertise to lead and work collaboratively with the Aerowaves partners. She/he/they will also need to be resident in one of the Creative Europe countries, or able to relocate and work there for the period of the appointment.

Aerowaves promotes equality and recognises the positive values of diversity. Applications from people from all backgrounds and identities are welcomed and encouraged.

To Apply

A full job description, person specification and details of how to apply can be found in the Aerowaves CEO-Director recruitment pack.

More Info here.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 29 March 12.00 GMT.

THE ROAD WE LIVE ON: CALL OUT
Fri 25 Feb '22

A dance, music and performance project.

Developed by Dance Limerick/DL.BRIDGE and St John’s Brass & Reed Band. Led by Choreographer Philippa Donnellan and Musical Director Jonathan Luxton.

Colourful, bold and brassy, THE ROAD WE LIVE ON is a new dance, music and performance project that is inspired by the neighbourhood of Garryowen and how the area has changed and developed in recent times. This includes the story of St John’s Band who began life as the community Victualler’s band in 1865 and is now based at No.2 Garryowen road.

To develop this project, we’re working with the team from the local Community Development Project and other groups, so if you’re from Garryowen or have links to the area - we welcome your ideas or stories from the neighbourhood. Or if you’re simply curious and enjoy dancing and playing music come and get involved!

THE ROAD WE LIVE ON kicks off in April with a range of dance and music activities, and culminates in a live performance in Dance Limerick’s fabulous theatre space to celebrate the area and community on Saturday 18 June 2022.

 

THE PERFORMANCE GROUP:

This is a specially established PERFORMANCE GROUP open to dance enthusiasts aged 18+.

6 Week project starting Thursday 5 May.

Led by Philippa Donnellan. Drawing on stories about the neighbourhood, you will collaborate with others to devise original choreography and perform in the final event. Dance experience of any style is useful, but not essential - enthusiasm and a commitment to the project are more important!

THE PERFORMANCE GROUP SCHEDULE

PROJECT INTRODUCTION
Thursday 5 May at 6-7.30pm, Dance Limerick studio,1-2 John’s Square, Limerick

CREATIVE PRACTICE 
Time: 6-8.30pm 
Day/Date: Tuesday 10, 17, 24, 31 May 7, 14 June
Thursday 12, 19, 26 May, 2, 9, 16 June
Location: Dance Limerick studio, 1-2 John’s Square, Limerick

FINAL PRACTICES
Times: TBC 
Costume & Practice: Sunday 12 June
On Site run-through: Wednesday 15 June
Dress run through: Friday 17 June

 

ST. JOHN’S BRASS & REED BAND:

If you interested in playing music as part of the project with St. John's Brass and Reed Band, and you play percussion, brass or a woodwind instrument, please contact: Tony McCarthy via email: tonymccrth@gmail.com / www.stjohnsband.com

 

LOCAL GROUPS INVOLVED:

We’re excited to work with local groups of all ages from the local community. More about these groups to follow…

 

MORE INFORMATION:

For more information about the project or to sign up for the PERFORMANCE GROUP contact Dance Limerick Tel: 061 400 994, or email Philippa at: dlbridgeinfo@gmail.com.

THE ROAD WE LIVE ON is free of charge for participants. Dance Limerick's spaces are wheelchair accessible. 

The Road We Live On is supported by the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts.

Dance Limerick/DL.BRIDGE is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Limerick City & County Council.

Curatorial Approaches
Thu 24 Feb '22

WATCH: Artist Talk - Curatorial Approaches

Finding, filtering, mediating, mixing, creating, connecting and resourcing are key ingredients in generating meaningful and engaging artistic programmes.

During this in-depth conversation chaired by Úna McCarthy of LCGA at WHAT NEXT dance festival on Friday 11 February, Benjamin Perchet (Carlow Arts Festival), Jazmin Chiodi (Dublin Dance Festival) and Laurie Uprichard (artistic director of Firkin Crane), shared their unique approaches and perspectives to presenting very special experiences for artists and audiences.

Watch here.

About the speakers

Benjamin Perchet is Artistic Director/CEO of Carlow Arts Festival since August 2021. Perchet is well known in the Irish scene for his leadership of Dublin Dance Festival from 2016 – 2021. He was previously Artistic Advisor for two major French institutions in Lyon: Maison de la Danse (2004 – 2015) and Biennale de la Danse (2008 – 2015). He has also been an Aerowaves partner, a founding board member of European Dancehouse Network (EDN) and a partner and management team member of Big Pulse Dance Alliance (BPDA), all of these networks and projects being co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the EU.

Born in Argentina and based in Ireland since 2005 Jazmin Chiodi is a dance artist and dance curator. She is the former co-director and founder of Tipperary Dance  and TD International Festival that she programmed for twelve editions. In 2021, she has been appointed Artistic Director at Dublin Dance Festival her fist curated edition will be presented in May 2022. Her choreographic work with Iseli-Chiodi dance company has produced over a dozen pieces that toured in Ireland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, USA, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Korea, Tunisia and the UK. Jazmin Chiodi holds an MA Festive Arts with First Class Honours (University of Limerick, Ireland). She worked as a guest lecturer at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick for more than a decade and collaborated in academic researches and publications including the IU research group for the Limerick 2020 European Cultural Capital bid.

Over the past four decades, Laurie Uprichard has curated contemporary dance and performance, both at the presenting organizations she led in the US and abroad, as well as for festivals and arts centers. Recently named Executive Artistic Director of Firkin Crane in Cork, Ireland, she previously served as Director & Curator of Performing Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, and was Director of the Dublin Dance Festival. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of Danspace Project in New York City. She founded and curated the Travelogues Series at Abrons Arts Center, and guest-curated programs at New York’s Irish Arts Center, The Joyce Theater, and La MaMa, as well as at Paris’ Centre Culturel Irlandais.

collage of 5 dancers
STEP UP 2022
Mon 21 Feb '22

Following a competitive Open Call earlier this year, we're delighted to announce the 2022 STEP UP dancers: Mia Bradley-Evans, Roberta Ceginskaite, Yumi Lee, Michael McEvoy, and Hannah Scully.

This year's young dancers will work with choreographer and STEP UP Dance Project Fearghus Ó Conchúir on creation and performance of a new dance work. They will also learn repertoire with Finola Cronin and Mufutau (Junior) Yusuf.

Participants will also have an opportunity to audition / interview for paid placements offered by John Scott, Artistic Director of Irish Modern Dance Theatre; Emma Martin, Artistic Director of United Fall; and Liz Roche, Artistic Director of Liz Roche Dance Company.

About the participants

Mia Bradley-Evans is a dance artist and choreographer currently based in the west of Ireland. Mia completed her training at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in 2019 while also being a member of The National Youth Dance Company of Scotland 2019, where she got to tour internationally with the company. After returning to Ireland in 2020, Mia worked with Galway Dance Project, Galway Capital of Culture 2020 and Dansnest, researching and creating dance pieces which could be accessible to communities who may not usually go to the theatre as part of the project ‘Galway Moves’. Mia has now come to a place in her journey where she hopes to now openly explore dance performance and choreography with a more holistic approach and use her passion to inspire and connect with other people through these shared experiences.

Roberta Ceginskaite was born in Lithuania in 1996 and relocated to Ireland in 2005. Roberta considers herself a nomad based in Ireland. She attended Inchicore College in Dublin for two years, before attending Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in The Netherlands. Roberta says of herself 'I dance -  I read and do some inbetweens(?)'.  She is strongly committed to playing, creating and connecting with others.

Yumi Lee is an Irish based professional dancer, improviser and performer. She holds a MA degree in Contemporary Dance Performance from the University of Limerick in Ireland. She started ballet training at 6 years old in South Korea and additionally trained in jazz, traditional dance, and aerial dance. Since her graduation, she has worked with dance artists Winona Lin, Liz Roche Dance Company, Helga Deasy, Mary Nunan, Tobi Omoteso and more.

Michael McEvoy is a dance researcher and theatre maker. Specialising in contemporary dance performance and choreography, Michael has had the great pleasure to work in TV, Film, Musical Theatre, Opera and most commonly dance theatre. With special skills including partnering and choreology, Michael has had the pleasure to work alongside Maiden Voyage Dance, Oona Doherty, Roisin Whelan Dance and Northern Ireland Opera. Graduating from Laban in 2019 with a first class BA Hons in Contemporary Dance, Michael has enjoyed being a part of new creations with dance company's along side producing his own work with MMK Productions, POKE Theatre and commissions from ACNI & MVD. Michael is looking forward to being part of STEP UP with Dance Limerick 2022, and has ambitions to keep working with Irish Choreographers and producing work nation wide.

Hannah Scully is a Wexford based dance artist who is inspired by Irelands beautiful landscapes and in that, how social culture and politics affect movement and expression. She recently graduated from The University of Limericks contemporary dance program and since has performed as a part of choreographer Saeed Hani's research and development work 'ROOT', thanks to Tipperary Dance Platform. She also joined the Irish Aerial Creation Center for their 2021 Creative Intensive. Hannah is especially looking forward to the collaborative process during the Step Up project, finding joy in solidarity.

 

CROWD - international dance exchange
CROWD Open Call
Thu 17 Feb '22

CROWD - international dance exchange
Call out for dance artists to apply for the 2022 dance residency programme

CROWD - international dance exchange is a collaborative network of dance organisations, together seeking to support dance makers who engage with communities as part of their practice.

Through hosting residencies and opening up space for discussion and knowledge development, the programme aims to support dance artists with an established practice in community engaged dance making to build their professional network, exchange experience with others in the field and develop their practice.

In 2021, the Goethe-Institut initiated the project and residencies were hosted with partners across Finland, the Netherlands, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in Germany and the UK. In 2022 the network is working with more partners and artists to raise its ambitions.

This year, ten selected dance artists (one from each host country and two from NRW in Germany) will collaborate with the support of the network partner organisations. Working in pairs, selected dance makers will come together twice, each time for a two-week residency in a new context. Alongside the residencies, between June and October the entire network will engage in digital, discursive sessions exploring community engagement in dance. 

Applications for the 2022 programme are now open and dance artists with a demonstrable practice in community engagement are encouraged to apply. The CROWD network is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community and we encourage applications from those from under-represented backgrounds. We have bursaries and support in place to accommodate applicants with additional access needs or caring responsibilities.

The application deadline is 10am (GMT), Monday 21 March 2022.

Further information in accessible formats on how to apply can be found at www.crowd.dance

Dance & Tech Hackathon
Wed 16 Feb '22

Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and Light Moves Festival in association with Culture Works, invite expressions of interest from dance artists, technologists and digital practitioners who are interested in collaboration and creative exploration of digital technologies in the making of dance.

We would like to hear from designers, developers, game engineers, technologists, who are open to bringing their skills and creativity to the artistic process of making dance performance for audience.

We would like to hear from choreographers and dance artists who are interested in integrating technology and digital elements into their process and productions.

What is a Dance & Tech Hackathon?

This hackathon will be a full day event Sunday 6th March from 10am – 5pm taking place at DanceHouse, Dublin, in which teams will be made up of both dance artists/choreographers, and professionals from the technical, design, gaming, education and digital sectors, who will get together and collaborate intensively on creative projects.

The aim of this day is to play: to work together to design, build and present the most innovative collaboration and creative exploration of digital technologies in the making of dance.

The process will be facilitated by Culture Works who will guide participants through the day, and support everyone to make the most of the experience – and have fun!

Participants will be encouraged to pitch a final concept, prototype, or presentation to representatives from Dance Ireland and partners at the end of the Hackathon.

Through this partnership and event Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and Light Moves aim to open up possibilities for collaboration between dance and technology; to share practices and spark new ideas; and to support dance artists and technologists to creatively push the boundaries of digital and technological innovation in dance performance (or vice versa).

Questions we invite participants to explore are:

When you combine dance and technology, can we create new artistic forms?
What kind of performance can we imagine together?
What kind of new experience can we create for audiences?

Why should you take part?

Opportunity to expand your network and find collaborators for creative projects
Generating new ideas and opportunities to innovate
Potential to skill share or investigate anew process in a very short space of time
Expose artists and technologists to  new perspectives and new ways of working
Develop transferable skills and ideas to take forward for the future

Expressions of Interest are open to professional dance artists and choreographers, and creatives from technical, design, gaming and digital sectors. Places are limited to 20 participants and applications will be assessed to ensure diversity of participation, including experience, interest, and ideas.

Please submit a short submission of interest HERE.

The Deadline for submission is 10am, Friday 25 February

An honorarium of €100 will be provided to selected participants to support attendance for the day.

Please let us know if you have any additional access needs by emailing louise.costelloe@danceireland.ie, or calling Dance Ireland at 01 855 8800.

Modes of Capture Symposium 2022
Mon 07 Feb '22

Modes of Capture Symposium 2022 will move back into the studio with two live, ‘in person’ strands. Exploring the capacity for writing to capture embodied experience in dance-making, we are hosting two intensive research-based workshops at Irish World Academy, University of Limerick, in February and April, followed by two days of workshops and talks by international dance artists in May as part of Dublin Dance Festival.

Our first 2-day workshop, led by Dr. Jenny Roche, will explore tools inspired by Micro-phenomenology to deeply excavate and (re)language movement experience. Micro-phenomenology is a new discipline that allows the exploration of our lived experience in fine detail. The workshop will explore possibilities to incorporate this approach in creative dance practice through shifting between writing and moving, memory and evocation.

When: 15 & 16 February

Time: 10am – 5pm

Where: Irish World Academy, University Limerick

There are 10 workshop places available free of charge to dance artists to attend.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR PLACE: Please contact Jenny Roche by email at Jenny.Roche@ul.ie by 5pm on Thursday, 10th February 2022.

For more information please visit: www.modesofcapturesymposium.org

NDRP OPEN CALL
Mon 07 Feb '22

National Dance Residency Partnership (NDRP): Call for Expressions of Interest

The NDRP is a partnership between Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick, Firkin Crane, Galway Dance Project and Tipperary Dance to provide a networked support to choreographers in the production of new dance work. By coming together, the partners acknowledge that our collective infrastructure and resources can go further and encourage more ambition in the dance sector.

Each partner is contributing financially and in-kind space to one choreographer which will allow for six weeks rehearsal time across the country. This award includes a financial award of €10,000 to support the residencies and invest in the development of the new work, a bursary for the successful choreographer to attend Tipperary Dance International Festival, and the time and support of artistic staff.

Through this award, it is our intention to open up the model of making dance work in Ireland by de-centralising opportunities throughout the country, whilst building networked production models supported by a strong partnership infrastructure.

What is on offer?

We will support 1 choreographer/maker who has resources in place to develop new dance work in 2022 by offering:

- 6 weeks (non-consecutive) of studio space across our partner venues in Dublin, Galway, Cork, Limerick, and Tipperary. This can be arranged in blocks of 1 to 2 weeks at 3 or more locations.

- A financial award of €10,000 to support residency expenses (travel, accommodation, per diems etc) and invest in the development of the new work.

- Support in arranging local accommodation. (Accommodation provided in Cork.)

- Opportunities to share work in progress, if appropriate.

- A pro-training bursary for Tipperary Dance International Festival, including accommodation & subsistence.

Who is this for?

We would like to hear from you if:

- You embrace the national and networked partnership approach and are willing to undertake residencies in various venues across Ireland. This is an opportunity to connect with the Partner organisations, understand the context we each work in, and – where appropriate – connect with peers or members of the community in each location.

- You are researching and developing new work in 2022. We are keen for this to be an opportunity to invest deeply in incubating new ideas and innovative new work that would benefit from engaging with the partners and building contacts and networks across Ireland.

- Have additional financial support through existing funding, grants, or independent resources. All partners are committed to the Arts Council’s ‘Paying The Artist’ policy. We recognise that the financial resource offered may not be enough to ensure that artists and the creative team are paid at an appropriate level, or to fully fund your research time. This is why it is important to consider how feasible this offer is for you before you apply.

- Can engage with the timeline of the partnership and complete the residencies before the end of 2022.  There is space available between April and December 2022, and some of this will be fixed and some flexible, depending on the location. We are open to working with the successful choreographer to make this work with their plans.

- Are willing to support the development of this partnership through sharing and evaluation. Artist-led engagement and connection between the partners is something we would like to explore. We are open to suggestions of how this can be achieved, and how this may impact the evaluation of the partnership.

- Are not in receipt of Strategic or Arts Grant funding from the Arts Council.

- Whilst this residency partnership is not focused on developing a work to full production, it may be possible to arrange for technical / production time at some venues. This could, for example, be used for testing production ideas, or for filming sections of work for publicity or showcasing. If you have an agreed performance date in Autumn/Winter 2022/23 do let us know.

Example application scenarios:

Research & Development: You may have a bursary or commission to research and develop a new work in 2022, and this national residency opportunity could bring additional space and resource to that process, and an opportunity to test ideas with local peers and supportive communities.

Bridge: You may have completed R&D on an idea, which may have been previously supported by a Bursary award or similar. This national residency could provide a bridge to develop and test ideas and outcomes further before submitting for further Project or Touring funding.

Production: You may have funding and resources in place to develop and fully produce a new work to premiere in 2022 or early 2023. This national residency could offer additional support and testing ground for this new production, ensuring high quality and ambition, and building potential audiences across the country with the support of the partners.

There was an Online Information Session on 16th February at 12 noon. Please email programme@danceireland.ie to request a recording of the session. 

How to apply:

The NDRP is coordinated and administered by Dance Ireland, and representatives from each partner organisation form a steering committee to support the programme, participate in the selection process and contribute to the future direction of the initiative.

Applications that meet the criteria outlined above will be shortlisted and considered by a panel including representatives from the partner organisations, and an independent artist representative.

To apply, please complete this Expression of Interest Form HERE.

Additional information, including budgets, CV’s or other relevant documents should be emailed to: programme@danceireland.ie with the subject title: “NDRP [NAME OF APPLICANT] Supporting Documents”.

Should you require additional support or have access needs, please let us know by emailing: info@danceireland.ie or calling Dance Ireland on 01 855 8800.

Timeline:

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Thursday 3rd March
Panel Meeting: Tuesday 16th March
Successful artists will be contacted by: Monday 21st March
All applicants will be contacted by Friday 25th March 2022.

Feedback will be provided to unsuccessful applicants, where requested.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Thursday 3rd March

Drop us a line at programme@danceireland.ie if you have any questions.

WHAT NEXT 2022
Mon 24 Jan '22

Dive In, Discover Dance at WHAT NEXT dance festival
10-12 February 2022 at Dance Limerick

The WHAT NEXT dance festival returns in-person to its home at Dance Limerick, John’s Square, bringing exciting artists from Ireland and Europe to Limerick City for a vibrant and fresh programme of performances and interactions.

The packed three-day programme features events for all ages and interests, including public performances, workshops, and Artists’ Talks. Shows take place indoors and out, as well as in schools, and feature a range of free and paid options.

Browse the FESTIVAL PROGRAMME here.

FESTIVAL CALENDAR

All Week 

Schools' Performance: Bill & Fred

Installation: Moloney

Thursday 10 February

Opening Performance: Nothing Accidental In This Big Dance

Double Bill: Evolving Meanings

Friday 11 February

Professional Workshop: Oona Doherty

Artist Talk: Curatorial Approaches

Double Bill: Embodied Realities

Saturday 12 February

Professional Workshop: Yulia Arsen

Triple Bill: Unique Transitions

Mentorship Programme for Dance Artist and Dance Producer
Fri 17 Dec '21

DANCE BUILDING BLOCKS: Call out for a Dance Artist and Dance Producer to join a new mentorship scheme February – July 2022

This is a unique opportunity for a Dance Artist and a Dance Producer to each further their career with the guidance and support of experienced professionals complemented by a programme of workshops and training.

DANCE BUILDING BLOCKS welcomes all people to apply, particularly artists/producers with disabilities and those from ethnically diverse communities, including—but not limited to—Black, Eastern European, Roma, Mincéir/Traveller, Asian, Latinx, or of a migrant background.

Gwen Van Spÿk (producer with Junk Ensemble, Luke Murphy/ Attic Projects, Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company) and Pádraig Heneghan (producer with United Fall and Jean Butler), funded by an Arts Council Capacity Building Scheme, have come together to create a six-month paid Mentorship Programme for a Dance Artist and Dance Producer called Dance Building Blocks.

The scheme will run from February - July 2022 and is focused on increasing the practical knowledge, skills and experience of realising dance projects from a producing perspective. The mentees will work with both producers on their existing clients' projects in terms of planning and delivering productions. In addition, they will be able to attend rehearsals and technical periods of the above companies' work as well as shadowing any productions of Ballet Ireland and Catherine Young during the period. They will also take part in workshops that experts will give to the above independent companies in the following areas:

- Financial/ Company Secretarial
- HR issues
- Digital development
- Contracts and Rights
- Public engagement and audience development
- Diversity and inclusion

Finally, they will take an active part in the evaluation of the programme. The Mentors will meet with the Mentees at the outset to plan their individual programme of work, taking into consideration the Mentees own aims and where they are based so that activity reflects what they will most benefit from at this point in their career.

It is expected that the programme will take, on average, a day a week over the six months and each of the participants will be paid an overall fee of €4,500 for their time. There is a budget to support travel expenses that may be incurred by the agreed programme of activity.

Who are DANCE BUILDING BLOCKS looking for?

- A Producer and an Artist who are each 2 or 3 years into their career and who have been responsible for delivering at least one professional project in that time.
- Have access to your own laptop, phone and a space to work from.
- Be conversant with core applications and software e.g. Microsoft word and Excel.

What do I need to do to apply?

Please respond in whichever format you feel is most appropriate to your practice. If responding in writing please do so in 500 words or less and if audio recorded or filmed (may include images), please keep to 3 minutes. Responses should share with us why you want to be part of this programme; this may include consideration of the following:

- Why should you be chosen?
- What would be the expected impact on your career of the programme?
- What would be the benefit on your practice?
- What have you done to date?
- What are your own strengths and weaknesses?
- What can you offer if chosen to be on the programme?

Timeline

- Please email your response to dancebuildingblocks@gmail.com by 10am on Monday, 10 January 2022.
- Shortlisting: week of 10 January 2022.
- Meetings (virtual and/or in-person): week of 17 January 2022.
- Announcement of the successful candidates: week of 24 January 2022.
- Programme starts 1 February 2022.
- Both producers along with two advisors (a producer and dance artist) will make the final
decision.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Gwen and Pádraig on:
dancebuildingblocks@gmail.com.

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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