Mary Nunan Dance Residency & Open O Event

Dance / Performance



Organization: Age & Opportunity's Bealtaine Festival

Event location: Limerick City Gallery of Art

City/Town: Limerick / Carnegie Building, Percy Square

County: Limerick

Event dates: 18 May 2017 - 18 May 2017

Event Venue:

Event time: 6pm

Contact phone: 01 853 5180



Bealtaine 2017 dance artist in residence is leading dancer and choreographer Mary Nunan. As part of her residency, Mary is developing a number of initiatives based around the development of a new work called The Movement, a piece that considers activism as a theme, and which features at a number of events throughout the Festival.

OPEN O will host a special Bealtaine event at Limerick City Gallery of Art, featuring The Movement, a Bealtaine Commission. OPEN O encourages participants to experience the power of collective silence, stillness and movement. OPEN O is devised and facilitated by Mary Nunan and Monica Spencer, Seed funded by Milford Care Centre’s Compassionate Communities initiative and supported by Dance Limerick, UL Arts Office, Ralahine Utopian Centre UL and Limerick City Gallery of Art.

The Movement will be premiered in Limerick on 11 May at Limerick City Gallery of Art (Rebel Yell) and performed in Dublin on 25 May at Poetry Ireland (The Beauty of It).

Mary will also be working collaboratively with three community groups in Roscommon (the Elder Berries), Clare (Raheen Day Centre) and Limerick (St Mary's Park). In addition to this, Age & Opportunity/ Bealtaine has invited writer Claire Louise Bennett to respond to this residency by creating a unique piece of writing which she will read from at the Limerick and Dublin events. The Elderberries is a dance and creative movement class held in Roscommon Arts Centre for those aged 55 and over.

Raheen Community Hospital and Day Care Centre aims to deliver a varied programme of arts to day care visitors and hospital residents. Participation is at the heart of this aim St Mary’s Park is a regeneration project in Limerick.

Partners: Limerick City Gallery of Art, Poetry Ireland