A note from Mary & Jürgen.

Since its inception in 2014, Light Moves has celebrated and explored screendance in all its forms via its annual festival in Limerick, Ireland.

We are now announcing that Light Moves is taking a pause from a 2019 festival to support the team to reflect and plan for its next phase of activities.

Over the past five festivals, Light Moves has championed artists and surprised audiences via a range of initiatives demonstrating the originality of screendance: from the cinematic context to gallery installations, and supporting both artistic and academic research and commissioning. Light Moves strongly values remaining responsive, relevant and impactful within the national and international community and we believe that taking a pause will facilitate us to reflect on what has been achieved and to explore new ways to connect, advance and realise our future vision. Light Moves is committed to dance, film and media arts and looks forward to renewed and refreshed perspectives, new models for engaging and a strategy for its future.

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Would you like to Volunteer for Light Moves 2018?

LIGHT MOVES is currently seeking volunteers to join our team to help make the 2018 festival a reality. We are looking for a small but dedicated group of individuals to become an invaluable part of LIGHT MOVES festival of screendance. We are looking for people who can commit to a half day of volunteering (a morning / afternoon of maximum 6 hours).

Roles include: carrying out our audience survey, invigilating, meeting and greeting, assisting festival artists, overseeing our Audience Award and Survey and most importantly…taking lots of pictures and videos for social media!

If you are interested in being a Light Moves Volunteer, please email info@lightmoves.ie with the subject line: Volunteer Application 2018 before Monday 22 October (please note there will be a mandatory volunteer meeting in Dance Limerick ahead of the festival on Tuesday 30 October at 6:30pm).

Include the following info in your email:

-          Name and mobile number
- Occupation / status
- Area you will be travelling from (how far you are from the festival)
- Is there anything in particular you would like to help out with? (even if it’s not listed in the above paragraph)
- Any other info / comment you would like to add

Volunteers will receive a Full Festival Pass and Light Moves tote bag for their assistance.

Light Moves Lab - Altered states, Alternate Landscapes

Mocap + Virtual Reality workshop with Ruth Gibson and Bruno Martelli

The Light Moves Screendance Lab is a three-day workshop that invites participants to experience the exciting potential of immersive technologies that are becoming ever more available across the arts and society. The Lab is open to dancerschoreographersmedia artists and film-makers. It will introduce these technologies and open the door to the many possibilities that are emerging across and between these disciplines.

Altered States, Alternate Landscapes shares artists Gibson/Martelli's research and process in works such as Falling Upwards and MAN A VR. The workshop opens kinaesthetic awareness through self-exploration and active engagement in Motion Capture & Virtual Realities channelling the teaching and philosophy of Skinner Releasing Dance Technique. Participants will experience and experiment with performance technologies to discover how we respond to ourselves, others and environments in these ‘new spaces'.

An invitation to play, explore, record, draw and move in and around these new spaces afforded by Mixed Realities. Felt experience in new landscapes, sensations, affect, perceptions in a new arena permits, prompts new configurations, articulations, shifts in the imaginary. Performance in immersive experiences questions the role of the somatic in digital environments. Altered States allows for new approaches and new ideas in an expanding choreographic field.

This practical workshop begins with simple VR drawing packages which capture movement as non-temporal sequences. Gibson/Martelli will demonstrate how different packages can be used to create virtual environments. Building onto this, participants will get hands-on experience with  motion capture in order to record their own sequences. Gibson/Martelli offer practical advice on preparing for performance capture sessions with commercial studios to minimise costs. Participants will be encouraged to improvise in the system, responding to virtual environments with a view to creating new virtual environments. 

Monday 12 - Wednesday 14 November | Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick | €75 / €60 Concession | Pre-Booking Essential due to limited numbers

To register your interest in the Light Moves Lab email info@lightmoves.ie

Open Call for Papers for Light Moves Symposium 2017

The fourth international Light Moves Festival of Screendance symposium announces its open call for papers and presentations entitled Screendance Through the Senses. The symposium sits within a festival and encourges artistic and scholarly exchange, debate and discussion in screendance and related disciplines including performance, dance, film, visual arts, sound and text.

The 2017 symposium invites screendance makers, spectators, advocates, and academics to examine the forms and approaches that enable this field’s diversity and vibrancy. We particularly welcome presentations that are discursive and interactive including workshop type formats, group/panel discussions, demonstration events, as well as paper presentation formats.

This year, Light Moves is pleased to announce that its Call for Papers and Presentations may benefit from the opportunity of publication in collaboration with the International Journal of Screendance. To that end, particularly strong responses to the call will be offered the opportunity to further develop their work for potential publication in a special volume (or section of volume) of the IJSD in April/May 2019.

Papers and project presentations may include but are not limited to the following areas:

1.  Structures, orthodoxies and strategies.

Balance and exchange: Situating choreography and performance within (and in contrast to) film-production cultures and conventions.

Conceptual underpinnings in screendance - weaving and layering dance, visual arts, sound and film.

Screendance Polarities: from Entertainment to Conceptualism: Framing screendance’s multiplicity / enabling its diversity.

Screendance and the Poetic: Exploring Narrative Intransitivity – Digression, Non-linearity and Diegetic Heterogeneity.

2. Beyond the Image.

Sensation and embodiment in the encounter between film and performance.

Time and space: Compression, dilation and experiencing performance on screen.

(With)holding ephemerality: The challenge of mediatising liveness.

Countering ocularcentric paradigms: Embracing sound, interaction, kinetic, kinaesthetic and somatic experiences.

3.  Genre, Movements, Orientations and Contexts

· Articulating difference: Screendance classification (genre, style, culture and medium).

·Curatorial processes and the challenge of genre typology.

·Investigating curatorial histories, methodologies and intuitions.

·Media archeological trends in screendance practice.

·Towards screendance: emerging choreographic orientations in new media forms.


Proposals for presentations/papers should be emailed in .doc/.docx format only to:  lightmovesfestival@gmail.com

Deadline: Fri 30 June 2017.  (Note: submissions and discussion on format propositions in advance of this deadline date are welcomed.)

Proposals should be no more than 300 words and must include:              

The title of your presentation | A maximum 300-word abstract (including brief description of the questions, concepts and topics you wish to explore and how) | Preferred presentation format/approach | A short biography | Website links supporting proposal, where appropriate.

Light Moves announces Film Submissions Open Call for festival 2017

Light Moves festival of screendance has announced its Open Call for Film Submissions for this year’s festival, which takes place in Limerick from 2-5 November 2017.  Filmmakers, choreographers and video artists are invited to submit for consideration screendance works which embrace dance and all forms of movement through the art of film and video art.  Submissions should be made via the Light Moves page on FilmFreeway.com
The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 26 May 2017. 
Prizes will be awarded to both established and student practitioners for works submitted via the Open Call.  Full details, terms and conditions are available here

Works which will be considered include:
- Long films exceeding 20 minutes duration to be presented in a cinematic context.
- Short films not exceeding 20 minutes duration to be presented in a cinematic context.
- Documentaries not exceeding 55 minutes.
Student films in which the director and/or the choreographer is a registered student on a course up to and including MA level.

In addition to films which embrace dance, submissions that reflect the unique potential of choreography, performance, cinematography and sound, as well as alternative forms such as animation and computer modelling will also be considered.  While previously screened works are accepted, recent works will be given particular consideration in the selection process.

Filmmakers should note that, in 2017, Light Moves, in collaboration with Limerick City Gallery of Art, will be curating a selection of invited screendance installations.  Therefore, unlike previous years, Light Moves will not be accepting installation submissions via the Open Call.

Announcing the Open Call Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick which produces Light Moves, said “We’re very excited to announce this year’s Open Call for film submissions for Light Moves.  We were blown away by the beauty, creativity and imagination evident in last year’s submissions, so we can’t wait to see this year’s entries.  This year we are using FilmFreeway.com for the first time, so this should make submitting films very easy.  We’re also delighted that Light Moves 2017 will again take place at the three city centre venues of Dance Limerick, Limerick City Gallery of Art and Belltable, Limerick”.

Light Moves is Ireland’s international festival of dance on film and is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of dance film / screendance in Ireland and internationally.  The festival showcases thought-provoking and cutting-edge new work in Limerick venues and includes classics, family screenings, invited works, open submissions and explorations of screendance with some of the most respected figures in the field.  Light Moves is curated by Jürgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley and produced by Dance Limerick, in partnership with DMARC (Digital Media and Arts Research Centre), at University of Limerick.  Light Moves is supported by the Arts Council, Limerick City and County Council and the JP McManus Fund. 

Light Moves 2016 Festival Awards Announced

We are pleased to announce the following winners and shortlists of the Light Moves 2016 Festival Awards:

Light Moves 2016 Festival Prize
The Lily the Rose - Director Charlotte Darbyshire, Choreographers Kate Marsh, Welly O'Brien.
Special Commendation: Vecinas - Director/Choreographer Natalia Sardi.

- Ravages - Director/Choreographer Alan Lake;
- To the Ends of the Fingertips - Director Roswitha Chesher, Choreographers Sophie Arstall, Elizabeth Barker;
- Proclamation - Director Jason Akira Somma, Choreographer John Scott;
- The Lily the Rose - Director Charlotte Darbyshire, Choreographers Kate Marsh, Welly O'Brien;
- Red Moon Rising - Director Vivienne Dick;
- Vecinas - Director/Choreographer Natalia Sardi;
- Some Stories Are True That Never Happened - Director/Choreographer Renata Sheppard;
- The Wake - Director Oonagh Kearney, Choreographer Cindy Cummings, in collaboration with the Director and Cast.

Light Moves 2016 Outstanding Irish Work Award
Proclamation - Director Jason Akira Somma, Choreographer John Scott

- The Wake - Director Oonagh Kearney, Choreographer Cindy Cummings, in collaboration with the Director and Cast;
- Proclamation - Director Jason Akira Somma, Choreographer John Scott;
- Red Moon Rising - Director Vivienne Dick.

Light Moves 2016 Innovative Use of Sound Award
Marzanna - Directors Natalia Barua, Owa Barua; Choreographer Natalia Barua.

- Play - Director Victor Manuel Barbera Hernandez, Choreographers Ines Vieites, Stephanie Van Laethem;
- Marzanna - Directors Natalia Barua, Owa Barua; Choreographer Natalia Barua;
- Ravages - Director/Choreographer Alan Lake;
- Vecinas - Director/Choreographer Natalia Sardi.

Light Moves 2016 Outstanding Student Work Award
Personal Pronouns - Director Andrea Sudorova, Choreographer Jan Sevcik.
Special Commendation: Disquiet - Director Becky Farrall, Choreographers Alice Hibbert, Alesha Riley.

- Personal Pronouns - Director Andrea Sudorova, Choreographer Jan Sevcik;
- Eye Spy - Director/Choreographer Bianca Paige Smith;
- La Magnitude Humaine - Directors Florent Schwartz, Andrej Lipovsky, Harun Bayraktar; Choreographer Florent Schwartz;
- Disquiet - Director Becky Farrall, Choreographers Alice Hibbert, Alesha Riley;
- We're All Mad Here - Director/Choreographer Grainne O'Carroll.

Congratulations to all our nominees and award-winners, but also to all whose films were presented at Light Moves 2016, making this year's festival a rich and enriching experience for everyone.

Light Moves Festival Programme 3-6 Nov 2016

Light Moves, Ireland's festival of dance on film, is back for its third year, with a programme that showcases beautiful, thought-provoking and cutting-edge new work in Limerick venues 3rd-6th November.

This year's festival will feature work from artists from home and abroad, past and present, including Merce Cunningham, Terence Malick, Olwen Fouéré, Tacita Dean, Jennifer Walshe, Temper-Mental MissElayneous, Laura U. Marks, Vivienne Dick, John Scott, Douglas Rosenberg, and Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion.

The festival is an opportunity for audiences both local and international to watch, learn, film, compose, dance, discuss and participate. The programme includes Irish and world premieres, performances, installations, workshops, labs and talks from leading artists and thinkers from across the world. The festival includes a special focus on work from Ireland, a participatory project for older people and screenings for audiences aged 4+.

Details were announced at Dance Limerick on Tuesday 13th September by festival curators Mary Wycherley and Jürgen Simpson, who were joined by special guest Professor Mel Mercier, Chair of Performing Arts at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, to officially launch the programme.

Mary Wycherley and Jürgen Simpson said: “We invite you to delve into the rich diversity, boldness and vibrancy of screendance; film experienced through the lens of movement and choreography.”

Light Moves will take place in locations across Limerick, including Dance Limerick's home in John's Square at the historic old St John's Church, the Belltable on O'Connell Street and Limerick City Gallery of Art at Pery Square.

The festival is produced by Dance Limerick in partnership with DMARC (Digital Media and Arts Research Centre) at the University of Limerick.


Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion will show a selection of their 52 Portraits, a year-long online project with Hugo Glendinning, in which a new short filmed portrait of a different dancer is released every Monday though 2016. The project is produced by Sadler's Wells Theatre London and has had a total audience so far of 23,500 across 100 countries.  Burrows and Fargion will also give a live performance of their Venice Biennale commission Body Not Fit For Purpose.

Programmers are delighted to be showing two films by Tacita Dean, Featured Artist at this year's festival.  Dean, OBE, is one of the most influential artists of her generation. She has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize and her current work includes her film Portraits with David Hockney.

·      In November 2008, Tacita Dean filmed the choreographer Merce Cunningham and his dance company rehearsing for an event in a former Ford assembly plant.  Sadly, it was to be Cunningham’s last film collaboration, with his passing a few months later.  Craneway Event is a document of a celebrated practice, of a legendary man at work, and a moment lost in time.

·      Dean’s 2015 film Event for a Stage reflects her experiences working with prolific actor Stephen Dillane as they struggled to understand and accommodate each other’s disciplines.  Dillane is perhaps best known for his work in Game of Thrones.

With three feature-length screenings at the Belltable, the festival invites audiences to experience the choreography inherent in three extraordinary award-winning films through the lens of screendance: Terrence Malick's To The Wonder (starring Ben Affleck), Milky Way from Benedek Fliegauf and Michelangelo Frammartino's Le Quattro Volte.

·           To the Wonder by Malick has been described as “A cinematic miracle", a deceptively simple love story, set against the stunning backdrop of rural America. Having fallen in love in Paris, an American engineer (Affleck) and a French-Russian former ballerina (Olga Kurylenko) come to Oklahoma, where problems arise... This work was described by The New Yorker “as a sort of dance" with Malick directing "as if using the camera to make paintings in motion.” The New Yorker concluded that this film “deserves to endure as an artistic landmark."

·           Le Quattro Volte is an extraordinary film, in which director/writer Frammartino documents the life of a goatherd in the beautiful but impoverished village of his birth, leading us to reflect on the world around us and our place in it. “Its view of nature is among the most profound, expansive and unsettling I have every encountered” wrote The New York Times, while Film Ireland said, “Movie making at its best… Do yourself a favour and go see.”

·           The third film is Milky Way / Tejút from Hungarian/German director/writer Fliegauf. Taking place over the course of a single day, each self-contained scene tells a story.  With beautiful visual style and a meticulously crafted sound design, the viewer is immersed in an intimate sensory experience.  Fliegauf says, "Milky Way is a unique kind of nature film where, instead of giraffes and penguins, we see humans.” Milky Way was winner of The Golden Leopard, Locarno Film Festival 2007 and won the Feature Film Prize at the Barcelona (L'Alternativa) Independent Film Festival.

The Keynote Address will be given by Festival Guest Dr Laura U. Marks. Marks, of Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, works on the media arts of the Arab and Muslim world and intercultural perspectives on new media.  Her address will be entitled "Suwar fil Sarayan - Figures in Flow".  Dr Erin Brannigan of the University of New South Wales and founding Director of ReelDance will be another a Festival Guest, talking about "Intermedial Composition: Dance and the Contemporary Arts."

Invited works will include Passage from Shirin Neshat. The films of this renowned Iranian-born artist explore the culture of Islam, especially the condition of women in that world.  In Passage, a group of men carry a body wrapped in white cloth across a beach; in the distance, a group of women veiled in black chadors dig a grave with their hands, while a child arranges a circle of stones.  These enigmatic scenes, set to a haunting score by Philip Glass, were inspired by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Another invited work is For Maynard, a cinematic rendition of Simon Whitehead’s live performance work Studies for Maynard, directed by Tanya Syed, an artist filmmaker whose work explores performance, gesture, ritual and androgyny. In Shelly Love's Betwixt and Between, the award winning artist and director uses 18th century ladies’ portraiture as inspiration, exploring the choreography of glances and small gestures, working with a Lady Sitter and a stuffed dog. 

Short films from across the globe will offer topics including a supernatural thriller, a B-boy's adventure, Tarot theories and women cycling round the Aran Islands.  This year, Light Moves pays particular attention to screendance in Ireland, especially as 2016 is an important year in Irish commemoration. Proclamation from Jason Akira Somma and John Scott presents fragments of Patrick Pearse's Proclamation in a dreamscape of water, reflecting on the migrant crisis. Ingrid Nachstern will present Freedom - To Go! a commentary on present day America, in verse form. Vivienne Dick's Red Moon Rising is a journey, "towards a renewal of our embodiment with the Earth through dance, performance and the spoken word." The shorts programmes will also feature new works from students, and a strand of films in black and white.

Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA) will be home to the screenings from visual artist Tacita Dean and will also exhibit works from the ground-breaking 24 Frames Per Second project developed by Sydney-based contemporary multi-arts centre Carriageworks. These works will include The Fourth Notebook, which takes Nijinsky's letter "To mankind" as the score for new choreography by London-based dancer Banjamin Ord. Other installations at the Gallery will include Lift, Carry, Hold by Douglas Rosenberg, in which Rosenberg invites participants to allow him to lift and hold them for as long as his strength allows.

The Light Moves Symposium, along with Laura U Mark's Keynote Address and Burrows and Fargion's presentation of 52 Portraits, will include presentations on topics as diverse as politics, mortality, outer space and flamenco in an exploration of the nature of identity in screendance, film, dance and media, and their relationships to wider fields of study.

The two day Light Moves Screendance Lab will be an opportunity to explore ideas and create new work, led by Shelly Love (Betwixt and Between) and composer Michael Fleming, whose work for TV and film has been showcased nationally and internationally.

Indicative of the fact that programmers Wycherley and Simpson have created a home in Limerick for international sceendance, the festival will host the launch of the publication of The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies, edited by Douglas Rosenberg.  The arrival of this volume is a watershed moment marking the full institutional recognition of the field. 

Light Moves is also delighted to be presenting a selection of the best new short films for children from around the world. With stories about cool cats, singing chicks, talking mushrooms and bright ideas, there’s something for everyone in this collection of short animated and live-action films. The programme, entitled Short Tales, is presented in association with IFI Family Festival 2016.

For older people, there will be a Dance And Filmmaking Workshop For People Aged 50+ with choreographer Philippa Donnellan, Director of CoisCéim BROADREACH, the access participation strand of CoisCéim Dance Theatre, and filmmaker Mary Wycherley, curator of Light Moves and Dance Artist-in-Residence in Limerick. Taking place 21st October, this workshop will give participants the opportunity to direct and perform in their own dance films.

At the end of the festival, the Light Moves 2016 Festival Awards will be presented for works submitted via the Open Call that demonstrate particular artistic excellence in their exploration of screendance.

Light Moves is funded by the Arts Council, Limerick City and County Council and the JP McManus Fund.


Light Moves Festival Passes and Tickets are available here or from Dance Limerick, 1-2 John’s Square, Limerick (cash/cheque only)
Tickets to feature films and the family film are available from the Belltable, 69 O’Connell St (061) 953400 / www.limetreetheatre.ie

Some events are free, single sessions cost €5, feature films and the family film are €7/€5, a full festival pass costs €60/50, as does the Screendance Lab. For details see the booking page
See you in November!

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Light Moves & Dance Limerick (061) 400994 / info@lightmoves.ie  

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Keynote Speaker for Light Moves Screendance Symposium 2016 announced

Light Moves Festival of Screendance is delighted to announce that the Keynote Speaker for Light Moves Screendance Symposium 2016 will be Dr Laura U Marks, from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. 

Dr Laura U Marks

Dr Laura U Marks

Dr Marks is a scholar, theorist and curator of independent and experimental media arts.  She works on the media arts of the Arab and Muslim world, intercultural perspectives on new media art, and philosophical approaches to materiality and information culture.  Dr Marks is the author of The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses (2000), Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media (2002), Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (2010), and many essays.  She has curated programmes of experimental media for festivals and art spaces worldwide.

Light Moves Screendance Symposium sits within Light Moves Festival of Screendance and aims to encourage artistic and scholarly exchange, debate and discussion in screendance and related disciplines including performance, dance, film, visual arts, sound and text.

The theme for the 2016 symposium is Identity in Focus - Body, Site and Frame.  It invites considerations on the nature of identity in the fields of screendance, film, dance and media and their relationship to wider fields of study in the context of this theme.

Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, which produces Light Moves, said "Light Moves Screendance Symposium is a wonderful opportunity for screendance practitioners to investigate this exciting artform at a deep level and to share ideas and reflections with their peers from all over the world.  For the last two years, we have been really impressed with the high standard of presentation from around the globe and two excellent keynote addresses from Douglas Rosenberg (US) in 2014 and Claudia Kappenberg (UK) in 2015.  We're very much looking forward this year’s keynote address by Dr Laura U Marks (Canada) and to the responses to this year's open call on the theme Identity in Focus - Body, Site and Frame".

Light Moves is Ireland’s international festival dedicated to the art of dance on film and video art with movement as a central theme, and is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of dance film / screendance in Ireland and internationally.  The festival combines screenings, invited works, open submissions and - through a screendance lab and symposium - explorations of screendance with some of the most respected figures in the field.  Light Moves is curated by Jürgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley and produced by Dance Limerick.  The festival is supported by the Arts Council and Limerick City and County Council.