DDF News — 14 Jun 2021

Dive in and discover dance with WHAT NEXT dance festival

Dive in and discover dance with WHAT NEXT dance festival

WHAT NEXT dance festival, taking place 14 - 19 June, brings you a programme of fresh and captivating performances and interactions from a bold new generation of dance artists.

If you're still deciding what to see, why not have a look at these DDF picks from the WHAT NEXT programme:

BABAE | Joy Alpuerto Ritter
Available from 6pm, Thursday 17 - Tuesday 22 June, €10
Watch at Dance Limerick or Watch at Home

In BABAE, Joy Alpuerto Ritter examines inherited vocabularies, reconfiguring what it means to summon the power and mystical practices of woman as witch. Combining her roots in Philippine folk dance, classical training and vocabulary of hip hop and voguing, BABAE is a one woman interplay between the animalistic and sensual qualities of ritual and power.

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UP COMMISSIONS PROGRAMME | Step Up Artists
Available from 7pm, Friday 18 June, €10

In 2020, STEP UP DANCE PROJECT commissioned three past participants to create new works to be performed at WHAT NEXT dance festival 2021. Presenting AFTER ACCEPTANCE by Aliina Lindroos, PAINTING THE FRUIT by Chrissie Ardill, and REMEMBERING SELF by Rebecca Lee.

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NO FOLLOWING | Rachel Sheil
Available from 3pm, Saturday 19 - Thursday 24 June, €8
Watch at Dance Limerick or Watch at Home

This Thunderous Trio is going to give you a tutorial on how to make human cake! With layers that include joy, the inner child, separation, reunion, isolation, total destruction and a permanent sense of existential dread! There will be shadows coming to the surface, but let's not think about that too much...let's just keep playing…

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NUTCRUSHER | Sung Im Her
Available from 5pm, Saturday 19 - Thursday 24 June, €10
Watch at Dance Limerick or Watch at Home

Starkly repetitive and energetic, NUTCRUSHER looks at sexual objectification and power by questioning how we relate to our bodies, how they are presented and re-presented, and how cultural context affects this. Sung Im Her is interested in how her three identities of woman, performer and migrant intersect, especially in relation to the #metoo and #timesup movements that began in the west and had a huge impact in Korea.

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WHAT NEXT is thrilled to invite audience members to enjoy the festival both online and in person, with Watch at Dance Limerick, and Watch at Home tickets. For full programme information see www.dancelimerick.ie.

Image: BABAE by Joy Alpuerto Ritter © Katja Renner