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Illuminating Limerick: Light Moves

Back for its fourth year, Ireland's international festival of dance, film and media arts invites you to cut a rug in Limerick City this November.

Inviting audiences to view dance through a different lens, Light Moves’ compelling 2017 programme brims with thought-provoking and cutting-edge new and existing work. Dance and film lovers as well as newcomers, are set to embark on an inspiring and stimulating journey of discovery, movement and expression.

Taking place annually in lively Limerick City, this year from 2-5 November, the festival reflects the vibrant and ever-expanding field of dance film and screendance in Ireland and abroad. Screendance is an enveloping combination of cinematography and choreography, resulting in immersive and evocative short films. Over three illuminating days, Light Moves presents feature screenings, short films, invited works and open submissions that showcase world-class dancers, filmmakers, visual artists and musicians from Ireland and as far afield as China and Iran. Light Moves also stage a Screendance Lab and Symposium with some of the most highly respected figures in this intriguing field.

Screendance is an enveloping combination of cinematography and choreography, resulting in immersive and evocative short films.

Just some of 2017’s impressive line-up includes Irish artists and works such as Falling Out of Standing by the renowned CoisCéim Dance Theatre and Anú, choreographed by David Bolger, Owen Boss and Louise Lowe. Dearbhla Walsh directs and Fearghus Ó Conchúir choreographs I’m Roger Casement; Maurice Gunning directs Sekar Arum – Forging The Irish World Academy Javanese Gamelan; and Amanda Coogan: Long Now, captures the Dublin performance artist’s gruelling six-week live durational exhibition.

Dublin Dance Festival creator Ríonach Ní Néill presents I Modh Rúin, telling the story of women who went against the status quo and raised their families as Irish speakers. See the Man, choreographed by Maria Nilsson Waller and directed by Jose Miguel Jimenez, details a fortnight in a soccer team’s life including a Tchaikovsky-fuelled dance performance. Jimenez also directs Medicated Milk, choreographed by Áine Stapleton, a re-telling of the life of Lucia Joyce, professional dancer and daughter of James Joyce and Nora Barnacle.

The festival brings screendance to a number of Limerick locations, including Dance Limerick’s home in John’s Square with the historic St John’s Church, Belltable, Limerick City Gallery of Art and the University of Limerick.


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