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WHAT NEXT Dance Festival 2022 welcomes full capacity audiences back to Dance Limerick from February 10-12



WHAT NEXT dance festival 2022 takes place at Dance Limerick from February 10 -12. Pictured above is Open Drift by Philippe Kratz.

WHAT NEXT Dance Festival 2022 welcomes full capacity audiences back to Dance Limerick from February 10-12

WHAT NEXT dance festival 2022

The festival returns in-person with a full audience to its home at Dance Limerick, John’s Square for the first time since 2020.

WHAT NEXT Dance Festival 2022 returns in-person to its home at Dance Limerick, John’s Square, bringing exciting artists from Ireland and Europe to Limerick City for a vibrant programme of performances and interactions. The packed three-day festival features events for all ages and interests, including public performances, workshops, and an Artists’ Talk.




A very special, site-specific performance in John’s Square called Nothing Accidental In This Big Dance, choreographed by Mary Nunan, kicks off WHAT NEXT Dance Festival 2022 on Thursday, February 10 at 6:30pm. Six dancers move and interact with the ever-changing environment of the square, adding an element of excitement for the audience. The outdoor show features exceptional dance artists; Isabella Oberländer, Rachel Sheil, Robyn O’Riordan, Salma Ataya, Sarah Fennell, and Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín, and is sure to be one of the programme highlights of WHAT NEXT 2022.

Other local Limerick artists featured include Isabella Oberländer, once more, with her acclaimed solo based on otherness called Glisten, Tobi Omoteso’s duet AYE, and Angie Smalis presenting a fascinating immersive installation piece called Moloney, created in collaboration with Colin Gee. Performances also include; Yulia Arsen’s humorous look at femininity: Plastic Bag, Zoë Ashe-Browne’s Flux and The Space Between Us, Philippe Kratz’ beautiful work Open Drift, an engaging schools’ performance called Bill & Fred by Elysia McMullen and Luisa Schmitz, and the dark and science fiction-esque Vanishing Point by Alexandros Vardaxoglou and Dafin Antoniadou.

The easing of Covid-19 measures, such as the return to full capacity for arts and cultural events, couldn’t have come at a better time for WHAT NEXT. For the first time since March 2020, full audiences will be invited back to Dance Limerick’s stunning performance venue, St. John’s Church, John’s Square.

WHAT NEXT Dance Festival 2022 co-curator, and director of Dance Limerick Jenny Traynor is delighted to see the return of audiences to live dance: ‘I am thrilled to welcome artists and audiences back to live performances at Dance Limerick and to be able to shine a spotlight on the remarkable new talent and happenings within dance both here and elsewhere. In these challenging times, it is especially important that we come together to celebrate and to be inspired, enchanted and captivated. I urge everyone to just dive in and discover dance.’

Events take place indoors and out, as well as in schools, and feature a range of free and paid options. Mixed performance bills ensure there is a show to suit everyone’s taste. Why not discover dance in 2022, at WHAT NEXT dance festival from 10th – 12th February. 


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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.