Women in spotlight for Dance Limerick symposium this week

10304352_843987012281305_2274262923573782428_nMind in the Flesh, Female Bodies in Contemporary Performance, a three day symposium presented by Dance Limerick will run from tomorrow (Thursday May 8) to Saturday. It will focus on what it means to work as a female performance artist in a national and international context today.

The symposium will feature artists’ talks and debates, performance lectures and workshops as well as evening performances. An invited panel of national and international choreographers, performers, and dance scholars will deliver an exciting series of events to stir an exploration of female bodies in contemporary dance performance and beyond, crossing over and exchanging with other art forms and media in the process.

“As well as the performances we have programmed a series of talks and workshops that will dissect and analyse the place and space for women in contemporary dance.”

Evening performances will take place on all three nights in bot the Dance Limerick Space and the Lime Tree Theatre. Performers include David Hoyle, Liz Aggiss, Lucy Suggate, The Editta Braun Company, Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamilla Johnson-Small. The performances explore concepts of identity, gender and the female body through contemporary dance, humour and physical movement.

Workshops will take place on Friday morning at Dance Limerick with Liz Aggiss and on Saturday with Lucy Suggate. There will be talks on Friday and Saturday afternoon in the Dance Limerick Space.

Commenting on Mind in the Flesh, Dance Limerick Director, Jenny Traynor, said that “we have secured some top names to perform and talk at the symposium: Performers like Liz Aggiss and David Hoyle are loud voices who, through their work, strongly question and comment on the use and manipulation of the female body in dance”.

“As well as the performances we have programmed a series of talks and workshops that will dissect and analyse the place and space for women in contemporary dance.”

It will open at 7.30pm on May 8 in The Dance Limerick Space, with a performance of O by Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamilla Johnson-Small. A romp through the politics of identity driven by basslines, paper signs and deftly thrown shapes, O negotiates the inescapable sexualisation of the body, through multiple positions and numerous wigs. The performance will be followed by an opening reception.

1375163_840217995991540_2486449315854132050_nA symposium pass giving complete access to all events over the weekend costs €80. A symposium one day pass plus access to two performances costs €40. Single tickets can also be purchased for each performance and workshop with prices ranging from €10-16. Tickets can be purchased by contacting jenny@dancelimerick.ie or 061-467813.

For further information or a full schedule of events visit www.dancelimerick.ie

Mind in the Flesh, Female Bodies in Contemporary Dance is supported by Limerick City of Culture 2014. Dance Limerick is funded by The Arts Council and Limerick City Council.

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