Continuing Light Moves’ exploration of screendance in 2017 we are delighted to welcome you to this year’s festival.

At its core, screendance emanates from a desire to embrace the potential of the body and choreography across the range of practices enabled by the moving image. This drawing together of disciplines offers a valuable opportunity to reconsider the communicative qualities of movement and the body and their relevance in a world increasingly shaped by screens and technology. By traversing language and foregrounding the diversity of movement cultures, screendance’s distinct capacity to reach out and connect seems increasingly significant. Opening this year’s festival, Moments in Movement by director Eva Stotz and performer Marije Nie, emphasises this dialogue between live and mediated performance, and speaks to pressing social concerns that resonate globally.

Our emphasis on the gallery as a site for screendance manifests this year in Light Moves’ curation of a two-month exhibition at Limerick City Gallery of Art. Here, in addition to presenting works from our third and final year of collaboration with Carriageworks, Australia, we are delighted to present the work of Boris Charmatz, Aernout Mik, Cindy Sherman, Rosemary Butcher and Harun Farocki. Further, we are privileged to screen a selection of the many films submitted via the Open Call and additionally look forward to experiencing this year’s three feature films with you. Light Moves welcomes all who are travelling and contributing to the festival, especially all our speakers and performers. It is a real privilege to create a home for screendance here in Limerick and we look forward to sharing the experiences of Light Moves 2017 with you.

- Festival curators Mary Wycherley and Jürgen Simpson.

I am delighted to host the fourth edition of Light Moves at Dance Limerick and in collaboration with our venue partners Belltable, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Limerick City Gallery of Art and the University of Limerick. As in previous years, we have a bumper festival with a remarkable programme of features, shorts, installations, workshops and discussions to surprise, move and enthral you. 

Heartfelt thanks to our Curators, Artists and Speakers all of whom contribute to the artistic ambition and provocation that is Light Moves.  Thanks too to our funders, supporters, partners and volunteers without whom there would be no festival. I am excited now to share this wonderful festival programme with old friends and new in what I know will be an inspiring and stimulating journey of discovery. 

- Festival Producer Jenny Traynor