Limerick photographer captures leading dancers

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Double Exposure: A dancer's movements are captured by Maurice Gunning
ACCLAIMED Limerick photographer Maurice Gunning will premiere his new work in Dublin this weekend as part of a year-long programme of dance events to celebrate Dance Ireland’s 21st anniversary.

ACCLAIMED Limerick photographer Maurice Gunning will premiere his new work in Dublin this weekend as part of a year-long programme of dance events to celebrate Dance Ireland’s 21st anniversary.

Commissioned by Dance Ireland, Maurice will exhibit his highly anticipated new work, Source, on May 1 in DanceHouse, Foley Street, Dublin 1, as part of Dance Ireland 21: Still in Motion.

From Clancy Strand, the 35-year-old has been in residence in DanceHouse last year working closely with three of Ireland’s leading dancers during rehearsals, as well as capturing the day to day activity of DanceHouse.

Throughout his time in DanceHouse, Maurice has created a new body of photographic work incorporating still photography and moving image.

The group praised him for “creating highly engaging images which brings the vibrancy of DanceHouse and the exquisite movement vocabulary of the dancers to life. His exploration of ‘a life in the day of Dance Ireland’ is beautifully captured.”

Paul Johnson, chief executive of Dance Ireland, said they are delighted to commission such unique images from Maurice, “a photographic artist of the highest quality whose work will add to our understanding of the beauty of movement. ”

The exhibition will run from this May until the end of December. His work has previously been exhibited in Buenos Aires, where he worked extensively with the Argentine Irish diaspora over a number of years, and has been the resident photographer at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL since 2006.

He also filmed the Chilean miners in 2011.