What Next: Limerick to play host to a brand new dance festival

Dance Limerick to showcase 'stimulating contemporary dance' at What Next

What Next: Oscillate featuring Lucia Kickham and Marion Cronin, one of the works for Dance Limerick’s new festival, taking place from February 9-10 Picture: Abigail Denniston

What Next: Oscillate featuring Lucia Kickham and Marion Cronin, one of the works for Dance Limerick’s new festival, taking place from February 9-10 Picture: Abigail Denniston

DANCE Limerick wants people to “dive in and discover” the fruits of its new festival taking place in February.

What Next is the city dance resource organisation’s - and Ireland’s - newest dance festival and takes place from February 9-10.

Inspired by the impressive talent of rising dance artists from Ireland and abroad, Dance Limerick say it “promotes dance discovery through live performances” and encourages audiences to “sample something different” in the form of a thrilling, innovative and engaging line up of events.

A brimming festival programme has something for everyone, festival director Jenny Traynor says.

“I am delighted to announce our brand-new dance festival What Next, where we will present the work of early career artists from Limerick and beyond,” she said.

“I am very much looking forward to having our festival artists in residence with us for a week of creative exchange led by the festival’s Creative Exchange Curator and Facilitator Fearghus Ó Conchúir before seeing their performances on February 9 and 10.

“We are particularly excited to welcome Aerowaves artists Daniele Ninarello and Zigan Krajnčan and Gašper Kunšek, aka Alien Express.

“Aerowaves is a European dance network of presenters who select the most exciting emerging dance artists in Europe and promotes them for a year. We were happy to be invited to be one of the partners earlier in 2017.

“At What Next audiences will experience a programme of fresh and evocative interactions and performances with a new generation of artists on the cusp of establishing their choreographic voices,” added Ms Traynor.

What Next features an exciting line up of choreographers, dance artists, musicians and visual artists from across the world. Highlights include performances and choreography by Ninarello, from Italy, and Dan Kinzelman from USA, locally based Mary Wycherley, Justine Cooper, Ireland and New Zealand, Tanin Torabi, Ireland and Iran, and Laura Murphy, Ireland.

It will showcase stimulating contemporary dance in three programmes spread across two days with a Closing Party by VJ and visual art curator Padraic E. Moore.

See www.dancelimerick.ie.