What Next dance festival opens doors for Limerick performers

What Next Dance Festival Limerick. Photo by Dance Limerick

The sixth edition of What Next brings together dancers at the cutting edge with two-day conference style event hosted by the European Dancehouse Network and Dance Limerick

By Ellen Cornelius

With a four-day programme of performances, talks and workshops, the What Next dance festival Limerick featured something for both performers and academics.

The main feature of the festival was the European Dancehouse Network (EDN) ATELIER – Dancing on the Edge: Peripheral Practices with a programme that featured round table talks and performance lectures.

Taking place in the iconic Belltable Theatre, Limerick this year, the EDN Atelier is hosted by different countries each year, with this year’s theme being one of operating on the periphery.

EDN describe the Atelier as one that will take participants to the edge of “what it means to be on the periphery; geographically, culturally and socially through the lens of creative, community and curatorial dance practices.”

The What Next dance festival Limerick programme mainly featured local artists while also connecting these artists and their work with the global dance community.

A highlight of this year’s programme was a video installation by dance artist Angie Smalis at the Limerick City Gallery of Art.

Three evening performances also took place at the Dance Limerick Church from Irish and international dancers.

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