Snapshot: dancer Millie Daniel-Dempsey
A SERIES of short dance works will be presented in Limerick next week, the latest fruits of the Step Up project.
Dance Limerick plays host to Snapshot, presented by five young contemporary dancers, next Wednesday night.
Directed by choreographer Lea Anderson, it is inspired by superstars of dance, sport, screen and pop, analysing and sampling movement from footage and photos from iconic figures as diverse as Michael Jackson, Muhammad Ali, Martha Graham and Marilyn Monroe. The result is a fascinating mesh of styles, rhythm and drama in a captivating dance theatre experience, Dance Limerick tells us.
Step Up, now in its sixth year, is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL that sees recent graduates take part in an intensive programme, directed by a guest choreographer.
Jenny Traynor, Dance Limerick director, says while many young dancers train abroad, Step Up “is a wonderful opportunity for them to return and re-connect with the professional dance community here, developing their technical and performance skills, and deepening their understanding of the creative process.
“This is a great opportunity for any young dancer who has the drive, energy and initiative to succeed, and for the audience to witness some of our exceptional young talent. All are welcome, so we’d love our audience to come and see what some of our best young dancers are up to.”
The dancers are Millie Daniel-Dempsey, who graduated in 2015 from the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, Dublin dance artist Sibéal Davitt, who has performed in Las Vegas and at leading venues around the world, Lisa Hogan, who has a BA in Voice and Dance from UL, Emily Kilkenny Roddy, who began her dance training at Bray Institute of Further Education and Rachel Sheil, who is currently completing her MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy.
Snapshot takes place at 6pm on August 24. Admission is free. See www.dancelimerick.ie.