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:

Short film screening based on stories by Bock the Robber tomorrow, Dec 14

Therewill be screening of four short-films—based on stories by local blogger, Bock theRobber—made by the MA students in Interactive Media at the University ofLimerick tomorrow, Wednesday December 14 at 8pm.
Therewill also be an exhibition of student photography on the night and thephotos will be auctioned/people can make donations on the night with allproceeds going to Irish Cancer Society’s Action Breast Cancer. 

Bock’s acerbic witand sharp social commentary are renowned; check out his musings at He had this tosay on the subject: “I’ve been writing stories all my life. Someare good and some are rubbish, as with so much else, but one way or another, Ican’t help writing. It’s in my nature. I write stuff, and while much ofthe shit I write is political, some of the stuff I write is fiction. Iwrite stories endlessly, short and long stories, which have been shoved away indrawers or performed by wonderful actors or simply forgotten.”

“All of the above. Anyway,let us not digress. Out there in the University of Limerick, somebody decided thatthe drivel produced by Bock would be a good basisfor postgraduate shit. Make a film out of that crap, saidthe course leader, or whatever he calls himself, and the students respondedaccordingly. I supplied a load of crap and they made films, sometimes closelybased and sometimes derived loosely. Either way, I can’t claim anycredit. The films are all theirs, but they’ll be showing them inBourke’s Bar…and with any luck they’ll also be shaking the bucket for breastcancer research. Go along, why don’t you, and call Bock a jerk?  This isyour chance, provided you stick a fiver in the bucket for breast cancerresearch.”

UL Graduate Medical School appoints artist in residence

If you thought the only contactdoctors have with art is making plaster casts, the University of Limerick wants to prove youwrong. It was announced last week that the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS)at UL is the first medical school in the country to appoint an artist inresidence.
Professor Daniel Duffy was born in New Jersey and is an academic as well as being anaccomplished artist who has exhibited his work widely. He will take up theposition—the first Lundbeck Visiting Fellow in the Humanities—later this month. Third-year medical students do acompulsory three-week module in the ‘Humanities in Medicine Programme’ andprojects can include critiquing a novel or body of poetry; creating originalworks of art; creative writing and dance.

The founding head of GEMS, Prof.Paul Finucane, said that the artist will work with students and staff to furthertheir interest and knowledge of the humanities. Prof. Duffy was quoted in the IrishTimes last week, speaking about his module in fine art said: “The aim of thiscourse is to improve medical students’ visual acumen through drawing workshopsand by observing elaborate narrative paintings.”

The basic idea is to get studentsto examine detailed works of art and draw the human form so they will be morecomfortable looking at patients and seeing them as people with an illness,instead of just an illness in a patient. “Studies of medical students whohave participated in such programmes in the United States found that they improved in their diagnosticskills by about 10%. The workshops also give them a break from the intenseoverload of information and a chance to do something other than absorbinginformation,” Prof Duffy added. If the fellowship works out, Prof.Finucane said that UL would hope to welcome writers or poets in residence inthe future.
I think the initiative is veryworthwhile. Medical students have a large workload and their fair share ofstress so any outlet is brilliant. The fact that the university acknowledgesthat a scientific mind isn’t the only thing that makes a good doctor puts itahead of the curve. I’ve had more contact with GPs, consultants and surgeons inthe last year and a half than in the 25 years before that! I can honestly thatunderstanding of human nature and what makes a patient tick, is one sign of a greatdoctor.
I’m pretty sure this is the artistin question,…I fricken hope so because the images are from the gallery on his website! 

Launch of National Dance Archive of Ireland/dance performance at UL

The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick is surely one of themost vibrant and active faculties on the campus, perhaps in the country. Thereare regular performances of both disciplines—by students, lecturers and invitedguests—in the beautiful, state of the art building. It has also made moves tocollaborate in the community i.e. an event in the Belltable Unfringed Festivallast January was masterminded and hosted in the academy (Absence and Loss/FlatPack by Nigel Rolfe). A few friends are based in UL and I’ve often visited thecafé in the building; I love hearing the faint strains of music coming fromopen windows on the way in!
This Monday (Nov 15), the academy had the honour ofhosting the official opening of the National Dance Archive of Ireland by JimmyDeenihan, Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The archive is thefirst of its kind in Ireland and is the mostcomprehensive in the country. It has old photographs, letters, newspaperscuttings and programmes from private collections, which were not accessible tothe public before now.        

Minister Deenihan commented that “all aspects of Ireland’s dance history can befound in this wonderful archive which highlights the broad range of styles and genresof this diverse art form”. 
“The National Dance Archive of Ireland will raise theprofile of dance at home and abroad and will give us all a greater sense of howdance in Ireland has developed in thepast and how it may evolve in the future. Such an interactive resourcewill ensure that everyone can experience and enjoy the richness, diversity anduniqueness of dance in Ireland.”

The archive is hometo over 40 collections of dance generously donated by individuals, companiesand dance organisations including the Dance Theatre of Ireland and the CorkCity Ballet. Over 5,000 dance items, spanning a period of over 100 years,and multimedia materials (print and audio-visual) are stored in the archive. 

Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Director of the Irish World Academy said the archive “is adirect follow on from the inspired and inclusive vision of Dance Research ForumIreland, across ballet,contemporary, traditional, popular and world dance genres”. 

Dr Catherine Foley,Director of the archive, said the establishment of the archive took around six years—pioneeredby Dance Research Forum Ireland in partnership with theGlucksman Library and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. It ishoused in the Glucksman Library at UL and works in partnership with thefounding organisations and the Arts Council. 

“I think an important characteristic of the archive isthe fact that it is inclusive of all dance forms and, therefore, dancers, nomatter what their dance background and experience, have something to contributeto the archive. These can be anything from scrap books and photographs to DVDsand books.  Some of these documents are retrieved from storage in attics,basements, people’s bedrooms and so on and it is great for people to know thattheir valued material will be taken care of in the archive and will be madeaccessible to the public as part of the history of dance in Ireland,” she added.  

The archive iscommitted to collecting, preserving, digitising and cataloguing multimediadance material, and to providing access and guidance to the collections,including traditional dance, social dance, contemporary dance, ballet, urbandance and world dance. This resource is very valuable and it’s great tosee the efforts of so many, for so long, finally come to fruition. Congratulationsto all involved.

For further information, see To visit the archive,phone 061 202690 or email: to arrange anappointment.
Incidentally, there will be a lunchtime performance ofcontemporary dance this Thursday, Nov 17 at 1.15pmin Theatre 1 of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Students ofthe MA in Contemporary Dance Performance will perform and the programme willfeature a new ensemble choreography by Berlin-based choreographer CharlesLinehan and a new work-in-progress by choreographer Liz Roche. Both of theseworks were commissioned especially for this group of students. Theprogramme will also feature a series of original solo compositionschoreographed and performed by each of the students.