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: www.lightmoves.ie.

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…

Cast:
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)

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.

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 www.dancelimerick.ie or by contacting 061-467813.

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

 

Three exciting new ventures for Limerick arts community

THE LIMERICK ARTS ENCOUNTER

Arts_Encounter_Logo_RGB_mediumLaunched at the birthday party for the Lime Tree Theatre,The Limerick Arts Encounter is a new pilot programme of events funded directly by the Arts Council and the City Council. It is a collaboration between the Limerick City arts office and the Lime Tree Theatre.

What money would have earmarked for the now defunct Belltable Arts Centre is to be funneled directly to theatre groups and arts practitioners to present work in local venues. Many well-known companies and individuals are involved. One event that has already taken place was a rehearsed reading of an adapted version of the Kate O’Brien novel, Distinguished Villa, in the refurbished Boru House (sickened that I missed that).

The programme of events started in mid-September and will run until March. Theatre, film, visual art and literature will get an airing. Venues include the former Belltable at 69 O’Connell Street, the Lime Tree, the Victoria Snooker Club, Dr John’s and the Blind Pig and Dance Limerick—the former St John’s Church, which once housed Daghdha Dance Company.

It is hoped that it will give a boost to the arts sector in the city and all stakeholders are delighted that the Arts Council are still supporting productions and events.

The Limerick Leader has speculated that the funding is in the region of €240,000. While not a long-term solution, it will hopefully lead to one. Further information on the Limerick Arts Encounter programme is on www.limetreetheatre.ie.

DANCE LIMERICK

Limerick Dance. Picture: Alan PlaceA new contemporary dance hub is being launched this Thursday, October 3, in at the dance space at the former St John’s Church (previously occupied by the now defunct, Daghdha Dance Company).

The initiative—a new support and development organisation for professional dance—is also funded by the Arts Council and Limerick City Council.

Director, Jenny Traynor, will attempt to reinvigorate dance in Limerick city. She is a former manager of CoisCéim Dance Theatre, one of Ireland’s leading dance companies, so the future of dance here is in safe hands.

Commenting on the launch of Dance Limerick, Ms Traynor, praised the “phenomenal” facilities at John’s Square and is “delighted to have the opportunity to programme these world class facilities for dance artists and dance audiences in Limerick”.

Choreographer Mary Nunan has been commissioned to create a performance especially for the event. It will feature five female dancers and is set to the 2nd movement of Schubert’s String Quintet. Tickets for the launch are available via its Facebook.

Dance Limerick will offer a programme of performances, residency opportunities, master classes, talks and lectures.

ARTISTS’ APARTMENTS

johnssquareMinister for Arts, Jimmy Deenihan, has officially opened a subsidised living space for artists at John’s Square in the city—a unique scheme thought to be one of the first of its kind in Ireland.

Limerick Arts Office is providing use of six newly refurbished apartments at 1-2 John’s Square to contemporary visual artists, performers, musicians and writers. Six artists will take up residency straight away (they can stay for one to three years) and another two apartments are available to local arts organisations for short-term use i.e. to accommodate visiting artists.

The entire square was redeveloped by Limerick City Council and is now being dubbed “Limerick’s living cultural quarter”.

All of these news items bode well for Limerick City of Culture 2014. The applications process is closed for that now so hopefully a programme will soon materialise.

SORRY!!

I’ve slipped back into my complacent ways about posting again. D’oh! Cue summary of some of my cultural intake for the last while…feel free to skip through; I’ll never even know!

I neglected to post about Angela’s Ashes: The Musical, which quickly blasted away my cynicism with a catchy score and fantastic performances all round. I hope it returns again so more people can see it. I didn’t get a chance to talk about the amazing documentary, The Summit, which was premiered as part of Elemental Arts & Culture Festival. The photography was breathtaking, the interviews heartbreaking and the tremendous courage and sacrifice shown by Limerick man, Ger McDonnell, on K2 was conclusively revealed.

I failed to mention the first birthday celebrations of the Lime Tree Theatre, which has totally excelled expectations and brought some outstanding performances to the local stage. The stage adaptation of Tuesdays With Morrie which followed was very moving; I read the book and it was lovely to see it played out so well.

I was seemingly stunned into silence by the dual brilliance of Break, at the Dublin Fringe Festival, and Fleetwood Mac at the O2 in Dublin. Both shows were just unreal!

I saw About Time…yeah I know it’s Richard Curtis and by default (A) Impossibly romantic (B) more than a little sentimental but I really enjoyed it. Domhnall Gleeson really comes into his own and it was very sweet and funny. I read the much hyped, Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn and I thought it was quirky, tense and had some killer twists—great stuff. I discovered a new bluegrass band, Punch Brothers, who have this fusion thing going on where there’s a bit of country, bluegrass and jazz. It’s a bit mad in a good way.