Light Moves Festival of Screendance this wknd

light_moves_bookinIreland’s only festival dedicated to dance on film and video art with movement as a central theme—The Light Moves Festival of Screendance—takes place in Limerick this weekend (19-22 Nov) and will screen 55 works by 92 national and international artists.

Highlights of this year’s programme include the European premiere of 24 Frames Per Second, a multi-arts commission by Carriageworks, Australia’s leading contemporary arts centre; Performance artist Nigel Rolfe; Renowned UK choreographer Siobhan Davies in a public interview; a special screening of Matthew Barney’s Drawing Restraint 9, a screendance symposium & lab, and children’s workshops.

Now in its second year, Light Moves “is a response to the vibrant and expanding area of dance film/screendance in Ireland”.

light_moves_drawing_restraint_9Curated by Jürgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley, the festival combines feature films, invited works, open submissions and explorations of screendance with some of the most respected figures in this field.

24 Frames Per Second sees 10 discrete artworks presented at Dance Limerick, LSAD (Limerick School of Art and Design) and an outdoor installation on Lower Cecil Street.  This partnership with Light Moves, which is a European premiere, embraces an expanded notion of dance, with the selected artists practising embodied movement in a variety of forms.

Among the feature films presented this year, a festival highlight will be the special screening of Matthew Barney’s Drawing Restraint 9, the most complex instalment in an ongoing series, begun in 1987, which seeks to explore “resistance as a pre-requisite for development and a vehicle for creativity”.

A new addition to this year’s programme is the invitation to leading figures in the dance/screendance and performance world to share their experiences through a guest talk. Seminal performance artist, Nigel Rolfe, will give a talk entitled The Caught In Between and Nigel’s works Track and Into the Mire will be screened as part of the Invited Works programme. Renowned British choreographer Siobhan Davies will be in public conversation with the Light Moves curators.

light_moves_carriageworks_gapsIn addition to works invited to the festival, almost 40 open submissions with movement as a central theme will be presented.  Over 140 submissions were received from 30 countries in response to an international open call, with those to be shown selected by the festival curators.

An important element of the festival programme will once again be the Light Moves Screendance Symposium, which takes place over two half-days during the festival. The theme of the symposium is ‘Peeling Away the Layers’ and there will a keynote address and various speakers.

Speaking at the launch of the programme for Light Moves 2015, festival curator Mary Wycherley said:“We present a festival of opportunities which offers new and thought-provoking ways of engaging with performance and movement on screen. The works presented explore and expand the notion of choreography, enabling the body to take centre stage whilst advocating screendance as a way of both making film and thinking about film and dance.”

The event is produced by Dance Limerick, in partnership with DMARC (Digital Media and Arts Research Centre) at University of Limerick. Light Moves was established in 2014 as a legacy project under Limerick City of Culture.

Full details and booking information from www.lightmoves.ie

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.

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.

For more information, see www.makeamove.ie.

Limerick Arts Encounter/Dance Limerick events to note

Limerick Arts Encounter has been running, and will continue to run, various arts events around the city.

I saw the exceptional What Happened Bridgie Cleary by Bottom Dog TC in mid October and reviewed it for Irish Theatre Magazine. Read it here.

The episodic theatre piece, The Boneyard Man, has been running weekly for a month at Dr John’s to great success. The last instalment this Thursday is sold out but don’t fret, there are other delights to sample this week.

Sorcha Furlong & Gemma Doorly- Performing in W.A.G at Theatre at the SavoyTheatre at the Savoy is upon us. W.A.G by Gemma Doorly is in the lunchtime and teatime slots on Thursday and lunchtime on Friday.

W.A.G is a hilarious black comedy about the forced showdown between an Irish Soccer star’s wife and his mistress. Set in the lavish surroundings of the soccer star’s mansion while he is away, his wife has invited a guest around for a drink and a chat – his mistress. Armed with intimate photos of the mistress and a threat to leak the story to the newspapers – W.A.G is ready to fight for her marriage to the death!”

Evening Theatre at the Savoy then follows on this Friday and Saturday at 7pm. Galway’s Fregoli Theatre Company will present Dorset Street Toys.

Dorset Street Toys-Fregoli Theatre Company - Theatre at the Savoy“A child prophet is taken from a basket sent drifting down the Liffey. A young girl clutching a dolly is taken from her home. A man in a superhero cloak hides from the streets he once thought to save. A woman steps out into onto the street to sell the only thing she thinks she can. Fregoli are delighted to present the debut of Dorset Street Toys, a provocative, harsh but ultimately moving exploration of love, lost childhood and the Dublin streets”.

Bookings by phone at 085-8554341 or at www.limericktheatre.com.

 

There are Indie and foreign film screenings going on at the former Belltable Arts Centre at 69 O’Connell Street. A particularly exciting upcoming one (Nov 27) is Before Midnight, the third in Richard Linklater’s masterful Before and After films with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. There’s also an ongoing visual art exhibition there too. Check out the Lime Tree’s programme for even more theatre etc too.

The Dance Limerick programme is in full swing too, with classes and performances galore. It is taking part in Limerick Arts Encounter with The Limerick Experiment in its base, the Dance Limerick Church. This will involve performance and a conference (Nov 29-Dec 1).Fifteen Limerick artists, from different disciplines, have come together with a view to creating a collaborative, developmental work and that’s central to the event

Missing_webAlso, there is a really exciting event on in the same venue on November 7 in the form of Missing by Coiscéim Dance Theatre. I saw the Coiscéim show, Swimming With My Mother, a few years back in the Belltable Unfringed Festival and was absolutely blown away. It’s the only contemporary dance show ever where I enjoyed every single minute. The theatrical elements were fabulous. Rightly or wrongly, I have high hopes for this one! It’s great to see a company of Coiscéim’s calibre return to Limerick.

The premise of Missing is: “It is hard to imagine what it might feel like if a loved one went missing. This poignant new duet broaches the experiences of the families and communities left behind. Missing is a reminder of the fragility and beauty of moments shared. It is a dance poem to those absent and to those left in the abyss of the unknown.”
It is choreographed by David Bolger and will be performed by Emma O’Kane and Tom Pritchard. See the website for more info.

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.