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Dance Limerick Presents Hardy Animal by Laura Dannequin

Pictured is Laura Dannequin. Photo: Paul Blakemore

Dance artist Laura Dannequin returns to Limerick to present her moving performance piece Hardy Animal at Dance Limerick on Wednesday 12 April at 8 pm. A tender solo which explores human resilience in the face of chronic pain, Hardy Animal is a goodbye letter to a former self and a moving ode to dance.  
Concerned with the human body and its failings, Hardy Animal tells of a dancer’s journey into immobility. Inspired by Dannequin’s own experience of chronic pain, the piece interweaves text and movement, retracing a brutal journey of loss, and hope, and looking at our need to create meaning in a baffling world.  Hardy Animal was described by the well-known comedian/performer Daniel Kitson as “entirely excellent… defiant, and angry and sad and funny and beautiful and brave and just so very, very good indeed.” 
Laura Dannequin is a French-born performer, choreographer and performance maker, working predominantly in movement. She is interested in creating work that is present, live and raw and that explores bodily being in the world. Laura has a strong connection with Limerick, having lived and worked in the city with Daghdha Dance Company from 2007-2010, during which time she was also awarded a Dance Bursary for choreographic research from the Arts Council. Since her time in Limerick, she has gone on to work internationally with a number of highly regarded dance companies and choreographers, including Deborah Hay, Roberta Jean/Mysteryskin and Dan Canham/Still House. 
Announcing details of the forthcoming performance of Hardy Animal, Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, explains “We are very excited to have an artist of Laura Dannequin’s calibre at Dance Limerick.  Laura was an Aerowaves Artist in 2016, which means she was selected as one of the 20 most promising choreographers in Europe in 2016 by the Aerowaves network of 33 European partner countries. Operating as a hub for dance discovery in Europe, the Aerowaves network identifies and promotes the most promising new work by emerging dance artists, enabling these younger choreographers to bring brand new dance to new audiences. Being selected as an Aerowaves artist is a real badge of honour for dance artists and an internationally recognised standard among the dance community”. Traynor goes on to explain “We are also very pleased that Dance Limerick was recently accepted as a member of the Aerowaves network. This is our own badge of honour and, in practical terms, our membership gives us access to dance of the highest quality internationally and the opportunity to collaborate with fellow member dance organisations across Europe”. 
Hardy Animal Production Credits: 
Written, created & performed by Laura Dannequin. 
Creative Advisor: Dan Canham 
Created with support from The Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England, Bristol Old Vic Ferment and Theatre Bristol. 
Dance Limerick opened in October 2013 as a centre for professional dance and to promote dance in Limerick and beyond. Through a programme of performances, artist residencies, classes, talks and workshops, Dance Limerick provides opportunities for dance to be created, experienced and discussed in many ways, by all ages. Dance Limerick supports the development of new and innovative work and encourages dance participation by the wider community.

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