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Dance Limerick will be supporting a number of dance artists in the following months through a rich autumn winter programme of residencies and performances

Dance Limerick announces its programme of residencies for this autumn winter term as it prepares for Angie Smalis’ new dance piece ‘All the Relations’

Dance Limerick will be supporting a number of dance artists in the following months through a rich autumn winter programme of residencies and performances
The Parsley Collective, a newly-established group of five Limerick-based dance artists -Salma Ataya, Mary Nunan, Isabella Oberländer, Rachel Sheil and Angie Smalis. Pic: Shane Vaughan

Dance Limerick announces its autumn/winter programme which focuses on celebrating the organisation’s role as a hub of creativity for the artists community in Limerick city and for all those with whom it engages through dance. 

In keeping with their purpose and vision, Dance Limerick will be supporting a number of dance artists in the following months through a rich programme of residencies and performances.

Limerick-based dance artist Angie Smalis will be in residence at Dance Limerick with collaborator Colin Gee in the run-up to the premiere of the pair’s newest script-based live dance piece, ‘All the Relations’.


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Angie Smalis is an independent contemporary dance artist and dance teacher, Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Theatre, and Founder and Director of Patterns Dance Collective, a group of dance artists with intellectual disabilities under the auspices of AVISTA. 

Her and American-born actor Colin Gee have collaborated on different projects since 2007.

‘All the Relations’ is a work of story-based dance featuring eight dancers, a narrator and live music, about an event in a small town. 

The piece functions as a true symphony of Limerick-based artists, among whom are musician Andy Connolly who will be performing electronic music tracks live, actor Pius McGrath who will narrate the story and dancers Yumi Lee and Salma Ataya, both Irish World Academy alumni. 

Claire Keating will deepen her current research on improvisational scores interweaving vocalisations and text within energetic movement architectures during her residency. Pic: Mildred Rambaud

Artist Martin Shannon’s hand-drawn set design features locations within a town that is recognisable but out of all proportion. Costume designer Giordana Giache brings a theatricality to the character’s daily wear.

Dominik Kosicki and Shane Vaughan helped design some of the beautiful graphics that accompany the piece.

See the premiere at Dance Limerick on November 30th at 7.30 pm and Dance Cork Firkin Crane on December 1st at 7.30 pm.

In their effort to support and build stronger ties among the local artists community, Dance Limerick has partnered with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance to bring a new programme of residencies called Autumn Associates, aimed at supporting professional dance artists with strong ties to Limerick whose work focuses on community-building and engagement. 

Thanks to this scheme, dancer, choreographer and dance teacher Anastasiia Lapko will develop a new short documentary film about Dance Limerick and the community of dancers and dance lovers that has formed around it.

Multidisciplinary artist Claire Keating will deepen her current research on improvisational scores interweaving vocalisations and text within energetic movement architectures during her residency. Finally, The Parsley Collective, a newly-established group of five Limerick-based dance artists -Salma Ataya, Mary Nunan, Isabella Oberländer, Rachel Sheil and Angie Smalis – will continue their particular brand of movement research called z(ero)ing. 

The five artists have been meeting periodically at Dance Limerick, pooling their collective experience for the development of improvised performances.

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