Dance Limerick limber up for What Next festival to promote ‘dance discovery’

What Next: In Struggle We Hope by Tobi Omoteso, who is performing at the Dance Limerick festival

What Next: In Struggle We Hope by Tobi Omoteso, who is performing at the Dance Limerick festival

DANCE Limerick is inviting audiences to “dive in and discover” dance at the What Next festival this week.

Returning for a second year, the What Next dance festival promotes dance discovery through live performances, workshops and other events.

Inspired by an impressive roster of talented dance artists from Limerick, the rest of Ireland and abroad, it encourages audiences to “sample something different through its fresh and engaging programme”.

The festival showcases an original line up of choreographers, dance artists and musicians and it runs from Thursday to Saturday, February 7-9 at Dance Limerick’s performance space in St John’s Church.

Highlights include performances and choreography by Isabella Oberländer, Kévin Coquelard, Liam Scanlon, Mónica Muñoz Marín, Oran Leong, Pietro Marullo and Rachel Sheil.

It features new and intriguing contemporary dance in three programmes spread across the weekend with a closing dance party hosted by festival artist, DJ and hip-hop dancer Tobi Omoteso. Prolific Irish dance artist and choreographer Catherine Young is festival co-curator along with Dance Limerick director Jenny Traynor.

Post show discussions will follow each programme where the audience will get the chance to meet the makers and find out more about the performances.

A free talk and panel discussion will take place at Limerick City Gallery of Art on the subject of Socially Engaged Arts this Thursday. There will also be a festival club in Mother Macs bar from 9pm on the Thursday and Friday of the festival.

Tickets for What Next are available at www.dancelimerick.ie or from Dance Limerick at 1-2 John’s Square. Full festival passes are available and there will be tickets on the door for each event.