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Light Moves Festival of Screendance continuing to inspire Limerick in its fifth year

The annual Light Moves Festival of Screendance is now running in its fifth year.

Curated by Jürgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley; Light Moves presents feature screenings, short films, invited works and open submissions.

The sold-out opening performance for this year took place on Thursday, November 8, and consisted of one actress and her laptop.

‘Forecasting’ performed by Barbara Matijević is based on a collection of amateur videos taken from YouTube.

These videos were recorded by ordinary people and express their chosen representation of the world resulting in a dizzying hybrid experience.

Matijević is a dance artist from Croatia and created ‘Forecasting’ alongside Italian Giuseppe Chico who together form ‘Premier Stratagème.’

Photo: Maoiliosa Ni Loideain, Limerick Voice

German Yannika Frank attended the event saying: “I love dance and movement, music and movement are very connected and are a great way of communicating and I think this is very interesting.”

The festival boasts a variety of guests including Neil O’ Connor who is currently lecturing at the Digital Media Arts Research Centre in University of Limerick (UL).

“The festival is important as it allows artists within this field to showcase their work and network with similar minds working here and in Europe, it gives us the opportunity to show our work on a wider scale and hopefully illustrate the healthy amount of work going on within the field of digital art,” said O’ Connor.

1929’s ‘Man With A Movie Camera’ directed by Dziga Vertov, will be accompanied by a live score composed by Neil and Dunk Murphy.

“Jurgen Simpson asked myself and Dunk to score the film, this is the first time it’s been scored like this and presented live in Ireland,” added O’ Connor.

In his opening speech Jürgen Simpson paid tribute to the late Michéal Ó Súilleabháin: “There were so many different aspects to this man, Limerick will continue to feel the impact that he has had in terms of education forming the Irish World Academy who of course support this festival, he will be remembered very, very fondly.”

The festival is running until November 11 and more information can be found here

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