Dance Limerick rishes from the ashes of Daghdha

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Dance Limerick launch: Lisa McLoughlin, Katherine O'Malley, Laura Murphy and Dagmara Jerzak perform a piece commissioned from Mary Nunan. Picture: Sean Curtin
PROFESSIONAL dance is to make a return to Limerick with the launch last week of Dance Limerick, a new dance support organisation rising out of the ashes of the defunct Daghdha Dance Company.

PROFESSIONAL dance is to make a return to Limerick with the launch last week of Dance Limerick, a new dance support organisation rising out of the ashes of the defunct Daghdha Dance Company.

The organisation is to be based in St John’s Church in the city and unveiled a diverse range of programming for the coming months at the launch event, which featured a specially commissioned piece by choreographer Mary Nunan, a founder of Daghdha and UL dance course director.

Since the closure of Daghdha, Limerick and the wider region has been without a large-scale professional dance resource since the company lost their Arts Council funding in March of 2011.

The fantastic facilities in the Church will thus be utilised again, and the Dance Limerick programme includes classes for professional dancers, children and over 50s

Highlights in the performance programme are a triple bill that includes the Liz Roche Company and a performance of Missing by CoisCéim Dance Theatre.

In a clear move to entice dance artists back to Limerick City, Dance Limerick has also announced an open call for artists interested in residencies, which include funding and rehearsal space.

Jenny Trainor, director of Dance Limerick who managed Cois Céim Dance Theatre for over ten years, said: “The Dance Limerick door is wide open. We invite dance artists to get in touch with proposals and ideas.”

Speaking at the event, the Arts Council’s John O’Kane spoke of Limerick’s legacy in dance and referred to “the special connection the Daghdha Space building has with dance audiences in Limerick”.

Dance Limerick will exist to support dancers by providing bursaries, residencies and workshops and facilitate touring companies, with an emphasis on programming.

Ms Trainor said Dance Limerick would attempt to lead “the charge to reinvigorate dance in Limerick city”.

See www.dancelimerick.ie for details on the upcoming programme.