Things to do in Limerick Ireland – Light Moves

Light Moves, the world-renown Irish festival of dance, film and media arts, is coming back to Limerick for the fifth year in early November 2018. Light Moves will be featuring live music and dance performances, workshops, exhibitions, feature films, family screenings, short film programs, and interesting talks.

To get an impression, check out this 2015 Cáit Ní Dhuinnín video (dance material filmed in West Kerry and screened at 2014 Light Moves  Festival of Screendance in Limerick:

The 2018 edition of the festival of screendance will be taking place in Limerick at Belltable, St John’s Church, the University of Limerick, and Limerick City Gallery of Art.

Light Moves starts out with a couple of events on Thursday night, November 2nd. Dr. Desmond FitzGerald, University of Limerick president, will be launching the festival at Limerick City Gallery of Art (Carnegie Building, Pery Square), at 6 p.m. The Gallery will be screening thought-provoking filmwork throughout the amazing festival.

What was in the 2017 edition of Light Moves – Festival of Screendance? From 8 p.m., Moments Of Movement produced by Berlin-based film and documentary maker Eva Stotz and dancer Marije Nie from Amsterdam was shown at Dance Limerick Space in St. John’s Church. This was the official opening performance of the Light Moves festival. The University of Limerick plays a crucial role in organizing this ground-breaking festival in the city.

This live performance combined the visually impressive film archive produced by Eva Stotz in combination with the evocative and spectacular rhythms of Mrs. Marije Nie. The show was supported by the tunes and rhythm of percussionist Erik Kooger, saxophonist Cathal Roche, and sound designer and engineer Benjamin Jefferies.

Limerick City Gallery of Art will be showcasing leading artists that are active in film, dance, and the visual arts for the entire period of the festival. The 2017 shows included Doll Clothes by American artist Cindy Sherman (USA). The festival focuses on the final installment of works and the politics of identity as shown by the Light Moves festival in the period 2014-2017, from 24 Frames Per Second. It feels a bit like celebrating Birthdays in Ireland.

Czech Republic Artist Harun Farocki was also present. He has exhibited his impressive work at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art as well in London at the Modern. Harun Farocki’s work titled Workers Leaving the Factory in Eleven Decades is exploring the boundaries and challenges between a worker’s professional and personal life.

At the Belltable, you will be able to enjoy an impressive program of feature-length movies and films. The 2017 family film was the animated film Ballerina, with Elle Fanning voicing. The Screendance Lab of Light Moves is a highly practical workshop where participants have a valuable opportunity to and explore and ask questions about how the world of making dance film works. See also this post about school uniforms.

Throughout the weekend, single sessions will be €6 or €7 on the door, feature films, also the Family Film, will cost you €8, though the family film is €6 for children. If you want to buy a pass that allows for all activities, you can buy one for €75,50. High school students get special admission fees. For tickets and more information on the Light Moves festival check out: www.lightmoves.ie.

The Light Moves Festival of Screendance is the best known international festival of dance on film in Ireland and is a response to the expanding and vibrant field of dance film (screendance) in Ireland and across the globe. Light Moves includes short films, feature screenings, invited works by internationally recognized artists, a Screendance Lab, and a Symposium with several of the most prominent artists in the world of screendance.

This will be the fifth edition of the Light Moves Festival that’s organized in collaboration with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Belltable, the University of Limerick, and Limerick City Gallery of Art. The 2018 edition of the festival takes place on the second weekend of November in Limerick (Monday 12 – Wednesday 14 November 2018).