Dance Limerick surprises, challenges, inspires and engages people through dance. Through its programmes of residencies, performance, training and research, Dance Limerick promotes, supports and celebrates innovation and excellence in the choreographic arts. Dance Limerick nurtures the art form of dance by providing professional artists, across a range of practices, with a platform for artistic dialogue, professional development, research, creation and presentation, alongside practical supports for dance and its production.
In keeping with Dance Limerick’s objectives, we invite applications for the new Associate Artist programme beginning in August 2019. The aim is to support the creative practice and organisational development of an emerging maker/practitioner who is keen to progress to the next stage, and to work with us to develop their practice further. Alongside a programme of development tailored to the individual artist, Dance Limerick is offering a small commission of €5,000 toward the creation of a new short work, to be presented as part of Dance Limerick’s programme of professional performances, which includes the What Next Festival.
Who We Are Looking For
We are seeking applications from early career choreographers based in Ireland who are interested in advancing their practice to the next stage. While the scheme is not stylistically specific, we hope to recruit artists pursuing clear objectives working across dance and movement, and who have presented at least one publicly performed work at a professional venue.
The Associate Artist will be appointed in June and the Associateship will begin in August 2019 for a period of 18 months.
Benefits for Associate Artists
The Associate Artist Programme will be individually tailored to the needs of the Artist and in discussion with the Artist once selected. The following list is not exhaustive and some benefits may be less relevant for some applicants.
- A commission fund of €5,000 for the creation and production of a short new solo or duet work to be presented at Dance Limerick
- A budget of €2,000 toward a programme of training and research
- Accommodation for up to 4 weeks in artist friendly house or artist apartment above Dance Limerick
- Up to four weeks studio space for creation and rehearsal
- Up to 5 days working with an artistic mentor or dramaturge on the new work
- Technical support from Dance Limerick’s Technical Manager
- Opportunities to share research and receive feedback
- Coaching and support with writing about your work, for application, presentation and proposal purposes
- Support in seeking opportunities outside of Dance Limerick
- Visibility and profile within Dance Limerick’s communications including website and social media
- Free tickets for selected performances and events at Dance Limerick.
What do we Expect
- Active engagement with Dance Limerick’s events, programmes and networking opportunities
- Dance Limerick identified as the commissioner of the new work in all future materials
- Dance Limerick logo included in all of the Artists’ publicity materials during the course of the Associateship
- Involvement in evaluation and reflection of the Associate Artist scheme
How to Apply
Complete the short application form which is available to download (at the bottom of this page) to include:
- Artistic Statement
- Outline of work proposed work programme
- Benefits you anticipate from being an Associate Artist with Dance Limerick
- A link to up to three examples of your work
- Any additional information you would like to share
Please include all information in one PDF document and email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 14 June 2019.
Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted by a selection panel to include the Director of Dance Limerick and two Professional Artists.
Priority will be given to artists who:
- Have presented at least one publicly performed work to an audience at a professional venue;
- Demonstrate the potential for a thoughtful and rigorous programme of work with clear objectives;
- Have the capacity to take initiative and create opportunities for themselves;
- We think will benefit significantly from the Associate Artist Programme at Dance Limerick.
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