Movies meet Dance at Light Moves Festival from Nov 6-9

LightMoves cover_ Beach Party AnimalLight Moves, Ireland’s first festival celebrating dance on film, is taking place in Limerick from this Thursday, November 6 to November 9.

Hot on the heels of the very successful Richard Harris Film Festival, this innovative new festival—supported by City of Culture—will see “beautiful, funny and engaging films for all ages” screened at 69 O’Connell Street and Dance Limerick.

Featuring over 60 works from 18 countries, the festival programme includes short films, full length films and family screenings, plus installations and documentaries selected from an open call—all designed to entertain, provoke and invite discussion.

Light Moves is curated and directed by Mary Wycherley and Jürgen Simpson in collaboration with Dance Limerick and DMARC (University of Limerick), with additional support from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.  Light Moves is a Limerick City of Culture legacy project.

Absent InstinctsThe Light Moves programme highlights include the comical ballet Playtime, directed by Jacques Tati, which will be the Irish premiere of the newly restored digital version of the classic film, as well as Alexander Sokurov’s masterpiece Russian Ark.  The programme will also include a series of free screendance installations running daily at Dance Limerick, in addition to special family screenings of Disney’s Fantasia and Mad Hot Ballroom for young and old alike at 69 O’Connell Street (formerly The Belltable).

Light Moves will also include a Symposium running over two days of the festival.  Entitled Rooting/ Rerouting Screendance, the symposium will feature a keynote address from the seminal figure in screendance, Douglas Rosenberg, whose works Here Now With Sally Gross and Circling will also be screened.

The Light Moves Screendance Lab, Screened Dance and The Dance Screen, takes place on November 5 and 6 at UL.  The lab will be led by some of the most respected international dance film-makers: Douglas Rosenberg, founding editor of The International Journal of Screendance, the award-winning creative team behind GOAT media Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes, and Light Moves co-curator Jurgen Simpson.

Full programme details and tickets at available at:

Irish legend, The Táin, reimagined through dance this week

The_TainThe ancient tale of The Táin is getting a 21st century rework with a hip hop dance theatre interpretation in Limerick this week. Running from tonight (July 20) to Friday July 25 at 9pm nightly in Limerick’s Milk Market, the epic legend of Cúchulainn and Queen Maeve will be reimagined and retold using a combination of dance and an MC to an original soundtrack by Icarus Rising.

The Táin—produced in association with Dance Limerick, the City of Culture ‘Made in Limerick’ strand and the local authority—brings together a cast of local, national and international hip hop dance theatre artists. It features local dancer Barry Burke AKA Bazzy B as well as other local dancers and members of the Limerockers Cru. The creative director is well known local theatre practitioner, Ciarda Tobin.
The blurb is: “The city is the state, two tribes collide, a hero emerges.
The epic Irish tale of Cúchulainn and Queen Maeve is launched into today’s simmering underworld of tribal turf wars. Fired by passion and pride, Cúchulainn seeks to defend his territory at all costs. In this explosive re-imagining of the ancient story, there are scores to be settled, sacrifices to be made and the ultimate prize to be claimed. This spectacular production fuses urban art forms with stunning performances…”

It sounds amazing and really unique! Making a story from the distant past relevant again is no mean feat and of course, this production builds on the buzz created earlier in the month by the The Tain 24Make A Move festival—a celebration of hip hop and urban culture.

The Táin is suitable for audiences over 12 years and there is limited seating.


Tickets are €10 and €5 (concession). Tickets can be bought online, at Harpers Coffee House @ The Milk Market and on the door (cash only for door sales). More general information here.
Ms Tobin said: “The legend of The Táin is familiar to many people. We have taken the original story and are re-telling it in the present day.  It’s still a story about power and greed, but the setting is contemporary and is inspired by city life.  We’re really excited to be re-imagining the epic tale through hip hop theatre and are very lucky to be working with amazing collaborators such as Bad Taste Cru – specialists in hip hop theatre – and Barry Burke, who is well known for his work with hip hop groups in Limerick, as well as Icarus Rising, who have created an original soundtrack especially for The Táin. This is the first hip hop theatre show to be produced in Ireland, so we really hope everyone will come and see what it’s all about.  We have a great team made up of creative and performing artists from all over the world, together with some of Limerick’s finest, and we’re very grateful to Limerick City of Culture whose funding has made this exciting project possible”.

See below for a teaser ad…

Barry ‘Bazzy B’ Burke (Limerick)
Shane Davis, aka Dirty Harry (Limerick)
Michelle ‘Mystique’ Lukmani (US)
Darren ‘Jelly’ O’Kane (Ire/UK)
Sachith ‘Bboy SamRoc’ Premarathna (Sri Lanka/Dublin)
Nora Rodriguez (Mexico/Limerick)
Chris ‘Fluidgirl’ Young-Ginzburg (US)

Choreography is by Paul Martin and Conor O’Kane of leading international hip hop theatre company Bad Taste Cru, in collaboration with Limerick dancer and teacher Barry ‘Bazzy B’ Burke;
Original soundtrack is by hip hop duo Icarus Rising: Mexy (Dundalk) and West Knyle Ambers (Detroit/Dublin), featuring vocalist Emma Jane Maher  (Dundalk);
Set and Costume Design is by Irish Theatre Award Nominee Emma Fisher (Limerick)
Lighting and AV Design is by Art O’Laoire (Cork)
Film Content is by Shane Serrano (Limerick)

Make A Move Fest starting this Thursday

580x232xmake_a_move_3_580x232.jpg,qitok=upCPmQxE.pagespeed.ic.3kF1PyLyWtOne of the most unique festivals in the country will take place in Limerick from Thursday this week as the The Make A Move Festival comes to city streets and venues from July 3 to 6.

Now in its third year, the festival of hip-hop and urban culture has a packed programme encompassing music, dance, street art, theatre and more.

smug-mural-limerick-03From street dance to MCing/rapping and graffiti to discussion, Make A Move will showcase work from all around Ireland and abroad but “with a special focus on the work of the emerging talent and skill from Limerick”. The city was left with some spectacular graffiti from visiting artists last year (see example on the right) so here’s hoping we’ll see more of that this year.

There are many highlights on the programme (see here) like gigs and the paint parade. Another one of these is Raymond Scannell’s play, DEEP, an award winning play set in Ireland in the late 80s and 90s. The blurb is: “House Music, Club Culture, Vinyl Obsession. Larry Lehane knows all about them.” The play is part fiction and part documentary with interviews and footage from Sir Henry’s in Cork. The Irish Times describes Larry as “a character who is full of frantic energy and madcap dreaming”. DEEP won an award for Best Male Performer at the Dublin Fringe Festival Awards 2013 and was also nominated for the Spirit of the Fringe award.

The play runs for one night only this Thursday (July 3) at 8 pm at 69 O Connell Street (formerly the Belltable). Tickets from €12 (available here).

See a preview here:

Irish Times journo, Jim Carroll, will host an event called Banter on Friday July 4 at 7.30 pm in Shannon Rowing Club. The topic for discussion will be Limerick City of Culture and its aftermath.

“The big question, though, is what comes next. When the circus leaves town at midnight on December 31, will Limerick cease to be a city of culture? Does a city like Limerick need a city of culture designation to show off its wares? Isn’t culture supposed to be more about bed nights? What will Limerick remember most from and take from 2014′s cultural parade? Will we remember this year in a year solely for reports, spats, costs and inventive use of an old dairy”

Panelists include: City of Culture Director, Mike Fitzpatrick; Arts Council member, theatre practitioner and facilitator with the new Creative Communities Limerick Network, Monica Spencer; senior youth worker and board member of the Make a Move, Catherine O’Halloran and head of the Dept. of Arts Education & Physical Education at Mary Immaculate College, Mike Finneran.

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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 or 061-467813.

For further information or a full schedule of events visit

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.

Magnetic in Dance Limerick this Thursday

IMDT_Magnetic_Image Chris Nash__5774_small2This Thursday (April 3) Dance Limerick will welcome renowned choreographer, John Scott, to Limerick with his latest production, Magnetic.

Director of Irish Modern Dance Theatre, John Scott, spent time in Dance Limerick during 2013 working with the MA Students in Contemporary Dance Performance. He will return to the city with his company to perform a brand new piece of dance theatre in the Daghdha Space, John’s Square.

Featuring five dancers who have performed in everything from Broadway musicals to Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Magnetic has been described as “an explosive and joyous dance theatre work where each dancer pushes to achieve new levels of perfection: physical, technical and spiritual”.

Dance Limerick Director, Jenny Traynor, said that “supporting dance and dancers in Limerick and beyond is central to what we do”.

“We were delighted to have John Scott working in the space last year and are excited to see this new work. Knowing the passion John always puts into his work we are sure this will be an exciting and thrilling performance.”

Irish Modern Dance Theatre_Magnetic_Image Chris Nash__5832A4Renowned for his quirky humorous performances John Scott’s work has been described as “Beckett meets Monty Python”. Irish Modern Dance Theatre is based in Dublin and the Limerick performance is part of a nationwide tour.

Magnetic takes place at 7.30pm.Tickets are €12/10 and can be purchased from or by contacting 061-467813.

Dance Limerick is supported by The Arts Council and Limerick City Council Arts Office.