DDF News — 5 Feb 2020
The What Next dance festival takes over Limerick February 6-8, 2020
Full of passionate performances and immersive talks and workshops, the What Next dance festival brings together dancers from all over the world to Limerick.
For the third consecutive year, Dance Limerick is proud to present the What Next Festival this February 6-8. Offering a variety of dance performances, workshops and discussions over several locations in Limerick city, What Next is sure to be an entertaining and enriching weekend.
Not sure what to expect? Unsure if this is an event is for you? Don’t worry, Dublin Dance Festival has all the info to entice you!
The weekend kicks off on Thursday, February 6 at 3pm at the Ormston House with an important discussion on climate change and the way in which the dance community can contribute to this ongoing issue. This talk looks to bring together dancers, artists, and those wishing to make a change to the present crisis threatening our planet. Tickets for this workshop are available here (free, but booking required).
Following the talk, the Ormston House will host the festival’s opening reception, featuring surprise pop-up performances to get you ready before the shows kick off on Friday. This event is free and all are welcome to join in on the fun!
On Friday, the festivities kick off in the morning at 11am with a professional workshop with Jesús Rubio Gamo. Hailing from Madrid, Gamo has studied ballet, contemporary dance, theatre and literature. He has moved to England, where he completed a MA in choreography at London Contemporary Dance School. Are you a professional dancer or an advanced dance student? Then this workshop is perfect for you! For tickets and information, look here.
Friday evening features a triple bill from 7:30-9pm at Dance Limerick. This kicks off with LOOPED by Human Collective, a playful, fun blend of hip-hop and juggling. This will be followed by Restraint by Lina Gómez, in which dancer Julek Kreutzer is confined to a narrow space while creating continuous movements. Couldn’t get enough Jesús Rubio Gamo? He’ll be filling the final slot of the Friday triple bill with his work Bolero. A night full of variety, movement and passion.
(Restraint by Lina Gómez, photo by Gerhard Ludwig)
Saturday’s events start with a workshop with Lina Gómez. Gómez has background in traditional dances from Colombia and Brazil, as well as contemporary dancing and improvisation techniques. This workshop is recommended for advanced dance students as well as professionals. For booking information, look here.
Another triple bill will headline in the early evening at 4:30pm at Dance Limerick. Things will begin with Chameleon by Joseph Simon, in which dancer/choreographer Simon explores different forms and takes their shapes in this exciting piece. This will be followed by An Chuach by Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín. “The Cuckoo” blends light and dark, telling a personal story alongside music by drummer Solamh Kelly. The Saturday triple bill will conclude with 1p, 2p, 3p by Teatime Company, in which two performers discover their differences and similarities while sharing the stage together.
The festival will close with the energetic and fun-filled Céilí Afro Dabke from 8-9:30pm. This is for all ages and anyone who’d like to dance is welcome to join! This is a world music event that incorporates African and Irish dancing, as well as traditional Syrian/Palestinian dances. This event is free, however book is required.
(Chameleon by Joseph Simon, Photo by Rob Hogeslag)
What Next promises to offer something unique for everyone from advanced dancers to the casual fan of the art. From workshops to shows, Dance Limerick has put together a exciting and talented group of dancers, choreographers, and performers who will not disappoint.
If you want to learn more about the What Next Festival, please visit the website here.
Dance Limerick, 1-2 John’s Square, Limerick
+353 61 400994