Light Moves Festival is curated and directed by Mary Wycherley and Jürgen Simpson, and is a Limerick City of Culture Legacy Project collaboration with festival partners Dance Limerick and DMARC (The Digital Media and Arts Research Centre, CSIS Dept. University of Limerick) and additional support from The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

The 1st edition of Light Moves Festival took place in Limerick from 6-9 November 2014. Discover a snapshot of the programme below.

Featured Screenings - Including screenings of Playtime directed by Jacques Tati (France, 1967), All This Can Happen directed by David Hinton (UK, 2013), and Russian Ark directed by Alexander Sokurov (Germany, 2002).

Shorts Screenings - Over the course of four days, Light Moves presented over six hours of shorts screenings at Dance Limerick and No. 69 O’Connell Street. With the exception of the works by Hertog/Nadler and Keim/Hecher, all of these shorts were selected from the international Light Moves Open Call for screendance works.

Documentary Screenings - Including screenings of Håstdans på Hovdala directed by David Fishel (USA, 2014), Edits Film directed by Marisa Zanotti (UK, 2013), and Nation for Two directed by Chaja Hertog and Nir Nadler (France, Spain, Israel, the Netherlands, 2012).

Installations - A series of multi-screen installations at Dance Limerick Studio, 1 & 2 John’s Square, Limerick. A different artist’s work could be viewed each day and ran on a continuous looped cycle. Artists include Robin Parmer, Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof, Anna MacDonald and Alan Dormer.

Light Moves Symposium - Light Moves Symposium 2014 presented four paper sessions and a Keynote Address embracing practice, theory and analysis within screendance by Douglas Rosenberg (US). Participants include those responding to the Light Moves Open Call for papers and additionally via an invitation presented to the contributors of the Oxford Screendance Handbook released in 2015.

Cinedans Screening - A Special Screening presented in partnership with Cinedans Dance on Film Festival.

Light Moves Screendance LAB - The Light Moves Screendance Laboratory is a forum for investigation in which interlacing strands of dance filmmaking are explored, unlocked and re-imagined.

Film’s capacity to relocate movement within astonishing new cinematic worlds has enabled a new dance to emerge; a dance in which camera, editing and sound reveal new perspectives that are dramatic, intimate and at times physically impossible. The digital revolution has in recent years provided unprecedented access to these possibilities such that both in Ireland and internationally, the art of movement on screen has flourished.


Dance Limerick
Irish Chamber Orchestra, University of Limerick
Irish World Academy of Music & Dance at University of Limerick
No. 69 O’Connell Street

Light Moves is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland and Limerick City and County Council. Festival partners include Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland, Digital Media and Arts Research Centre, CSIS, and The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, Limerick City Gallery of Art, and TUS Limerick School of Art and Design.