Step Up Dance Project 2018

Friday 7th September 2018 6pm


Booking fee: online €1.50 / telephone €2.00
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Step Up Dance Programme, now in its eighth year, once again plays host to some of Ireland’s most promising contemporary dance graduates. This years dancers are a mix of Irish natives who have travelled abroad to complete their training and seek work and dancers who have trained in Ireland and are now resident here. The selected dancers are Rocio Dominquez, Katrina Galvin, Mintesinot Getachew, Rebecca Lee, Evgenia Sizmina and Kathy Young.

The dancers have worked extensively with experienced choreographers and tutors culminating in a triple bill performance, a new work entitled I Call To You by Catherine Young, MinEvent by Merce Cunningham, arranged and staged by Daniel Squire; and Every Gesture by John Scott.

Every Gesture by John Scott. Every Gesture is a movement statement for six unique individuals, sharing a space and a need to move, creating new dance conversations.
John Scott, Choreographer, founder and artistic Director of Irish Modern Dance Theatre, has created a new work responding to the Step Up ensemble, using as a base dance material from early IMDT works: Beneath the Storm (1991), Perfect State (1996), Just Bodies (1997), Intimate Gold (1998), Close Ups (2006) and Cloud Study (2018).

MinEvent Choreographed by Merce Cunningham and arranged and staged by Daniel Squire (UK). A MinEvent is an uninterrupted sequence of excerpts drawn from the work of Merce Cunningham.
Daniel Squire trained at White Lodge and at Rambert. He has worked with Michael Clark (1994/5, 2007, 2013/14), Matthew Hawkins (1995), Merce Cunningham (1998–2009), and others, as well as training in Acting Shakespeare at RADA. Daniel has taught Cunningham Technique® internationally to companies and schools, as well as staging Merce Cunningham work on various groups. He was Curator for the Dance Program for the exhibit Dancing Around The Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2012/13. In 2014 Daniel created three dance pieces for performances in Ostrava and Prague to mark the 50th Anniversary of Merce Cunningham’s first performances there during his company’s World Tour.
Merce Cunningham (1919-2009) was a leader of the American avant-garde throughout his seventy-year career and is considered one of the most important choreographers of our time. Through much of his life, he was also one of the greatest American dancers. With an artistic career distinguished by constant innovation, Cunningham expanded the frontiers not only of dance, but also of contemporary visual and performing arts. His collaborations with artistic innovators from every creative discipline have yielded an unparalleled body of American dance, music, and visual art.

I Call To You by Catherine Young is a new piece developed by Catherine for Step Up Dance 2018 which will premiere at Dance Limerick on Thursday 6 September.
Catherine Young creates thoughtful, engaging work, which inspires and connects with the viewer. Her constant questioning of life and humanity is evident throughout the work – both the struggle and the beauty, with movement verging from the delicate to the primal. Her work is highly physical in nature pulling from her own personal movement lexicon, derived from African dance and yoga and over the years, she has evolved her own particular distinct and unique artistic style.
As a choreographer, she is highly attentive to her dancers, their stories and their own particular way of moving, meeting them midway between her story to create works that have the power to touch the universal in us all. Catherine’s sensitivity to music and its ability to deepen the work has led her to collaborate with composers and musicians on almost all of her work to date. Her passion for dance is unquestionable, her love of movement and what the body is capable of never ceases to amaze – and as long as there are life’s questions to be answered, there will be dances.

Step Up Dance Programme is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and the University of Limerick, which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. It is an annual intensive programme of training, rehearsals, performance and development for selected dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years. The Step Up programme will enhance these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and improving their professional opportunities in Ireland.