Dance Limerick Heres Looking at You Kid Dance Limerick and CoisCéim Broadreach announce new dance project for people aged 50+. The project takes place at Dance Limerick in April and May 2016, beginning with a free taster dance workshop on Thursday, March 10.
Dance Limerick and CoisCéim Broadreach have announced details of a new dance performance project for people over 50. Here’s Looking at You, Kid draws inspiration from famous films, classic scenes and iconic movie stars and will encourage participants to create their own stories in dance, bringing to life some of the magic, movement and mayhem of the silver screen. Led by choreographer Philippa Donnellan, the project takes place at Dance Limerick in April and May 2016, beginning with a free taster dance workshop on Thursday 10 March at 2 pm and culminating with an informal performance and social event on Sunday 15 May. No experience is necessary and no upper age limit applies. Participants can come alone or bring a friend.
A partnership project between Dance Limerick and CoisCéim Broadreach, the participation and engagement strand of CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Here’s Looking at You, Kid came about as a result of previous work for older audiences by Philippa Donnellan. Philippa and Dance Limerick’s wanted to engage with older people in Limerick and the Mid-West. Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, explains “As part of our remit, Dance Limerick runs classes for all ages, from tots to adults, but we wanted to design a programme specifically tailored towards involving older people in dance. We’re really fortunate to be able to partner with CoisCéim Broadreach on this project and to work with Philippa Donnellan, who has considerable experience and will encourage people to tap into their creativity”.
Dance Limerick Heres Looking at you kid
Outlining how the project will operate, choreographer Philippa Donnellan explains “After the taster workshop, we’ll run 12 sessions in April and May, culminating in an informal performance and social event on Sunday 15 May. The sessions begin with easy movement warm-ups to stretch the muscles and focus the mind, followed by creating simple and lively dance sequences to music of all styles. It’s a social occasion also, so over a cuppa there’ll be time to chat with others about favourite films and scenes, hopefully inspiring each other to invent new choreography. Ideas could come from the exuberant Billy Elliot, the stylish Cabaret or the legendary Singin’ in the Rain. We can’t wait to see what people suggest!”
Dance Limerick promotes professional dance in Limerick and beyond, providing opportunities for dance to be created, experienced and discussed in many ways, by all ages. Founded in 2013, the organisation is based at John’s Square in Limerick city and supports artist residencies, performances, classes, talks and workshops. Dance Limerick is funded by the Arts Council and Limerick City and County Council.
CoisCéim Broadreach is founded on the principle that dance is a
performing art and a participatory activity which is open to everyone. Its activities are pioneering, targeting all sections of the population in an exciting and innovative manner to create a genuine curiosity for dance. Every year, Broadreach touches the lives of thousands of people through classes, workshops, dance performances, participation projects and its residency at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin. CoisCéim Dance Theatre is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and supported by Dublin City Council.
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