Light Moves' commitment to the gallery as a site for screendance manifested this year in the curation of a two-month exhibition at LCGA by leading artists working in dance, film and the visual arts. Further, the cinematic potential of screendance is strikingly displayed in the short and feature length films presented.

The 4th edition of Light Moves Festival took place in Limerick from 2-5 November 2017. Discover a snapshot of the programme below.

Opening Event - Moments of Movement by Eva Stotz and Marije Nie at Dance Limerick. Moments of Movement combines the visually stunning and global film archive of Eva Stotz, with the virtuosic and evocative rhythms of Marije Nie and is supported by musicians including saxophonist Cathal Roche, percussionist Erik Kooger and live sound designer Benjamin Jefferys.

Installations - Light Moves Festival of Screendance once again collaborated with Limerick City Gallery of Art to exhibit exciting, thoughtprovoking and cutting-edge work for the 2017 programme. Highlights of the gallery series include video pieces by Aernout Mik (Netherlands), Harun Farocki (Czech Republic) and Cindy Sherman (USA) along with the final instalment of works shown by Light Moves over the last number of years from the ground-breaking project 24 Frames Per Second commissioned by Carriageworks art centre in Sydney.

Feature Films - Screenings included Hukkle directed by György Pálfi (Hungary, 2007), In Memory of the Day Passed by directed by Šarūnas Bartas (Lithuania, 1990) and Decasia directed by Bill Morrison (USA, 2002).

Open Call Film Screenings - 8 programmes of short screendance works selected from the Light Moves 2017 Open Call.

Light Moves Screendacen Symposium: Screendance Through the Senses - The 2017 symposium theme invited screendance makers, spectators, advocates, and academics to examine the forms and approaches that enable this field’s diversity and vibrancy. Featuring Erika Balsom, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Aine Stapleton, David Bolger, Chu-Li Shewring and more.

Light Moves Screendance LAB - An immersive two-day workshop and is an opportunity to discover new approaches, explore ideas and create work in the field of screendance. The workshop leaders are Berlin-based documentary maker Eva Stotz and Jürgen Simpson and Dr. Nicholas Ward of the University of Limerick. Katrina McPherson also led a BA lab for dance students at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

Screendance emanates from a desire to embrace the potential of the body and choreography within the possibilities enabled by the moving image. It is an opportunity to reconsider the communicative qualities of movement and 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 capacity to connect seems increasingly significant.


Dance Limerick
Limerick City Gallery of Art
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
ICO University of Limerick

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.