Light Moves, Ireland’s international festival of dance, film and media arts, will be back for its fifth edition this year, running 8-11 November. Following sell out successes in previous years, the 2018 edition will offer a programme of fascinating and cutting-edge film, dance, music and unique encounters that represent the future of dance on film, with artists and thinkers from across Ireland and around the globe.
The festival will open on with a free performance of Forecasting – a performance of one actress and her laptop, based on a collection of amateur videos ranging from the funny to the poetic to the gruesome, taken from the world’s largest video-sharing website: YouTube.
Among this year’s highlights will be a screening of Dziga Vertov’s 1929 masterpiece documentary Man With A Movie Camera, accompanied by a live score. Set in Odessa, Kiev and Moscow, few films have introduced the unique possibilities of film so completely as Man With A Movie Camera. Light Moves is delighted to present a new commissioned music score by two of Ireland’s most innovative musical voices, Dunk Murphy (also known as Sunken Foal) and Neil O’Connor (aka Somadrone). The artists, both known for significant bodies of work that span experimental music, music for concert audiences and music for film, will perform this new commission live.
Feature films being screened will include All These Sleepless Nights, winner of the Best Director prize in the World Cinema Documentary category at Sundance Film Festival 2016, and Gingerella (Rockafela) which weaves together 13 universal Cinderella tales with the contemporary story of a dancer’s search to rediscover her will to dance.
This year’s installation at Dance Limerick Finncycling-oumi-Perkele! Volume 2 from director/choreographer Martta Tuomaala dives into the dark side of Finland. A combination of politics, dark humour and protest rap in a form of an indoor cycling exercise, this is one woman’s gritty protest againstall-male austerity politics. The director of the work serves as the fitness instructor programme – and audiences can experience this film installation first hand, mimicking the protagonist’s actions on exercise bikes!
Light Moves attendees will have unprecedented access to the intimate and unconventional creative process of renowned British choreographer Siobhan Davies, who will have an open studio during the festival in Limerick Printmakers.
A series of programmes from the festival’s open call will offer audiences a chance to see short films from as far afield as China and the Russian Federation. The Ballet at Belltable programme offers explorations of the world of ballet. Films from Ireland include Company B about Ireland’s only dance group for young males; award-winning director/choreographer Ingrid Nachstern’s look at the restrictive nature of women’s clothing through the ages Shoe Horn / Office, and Ceara Conway’s Dóchas: Hope Parts 1 & 2, drawing inspiration from the journey taken by five fishermen from Carna who brought their boats from CillChaoill to Connemara in the 1950s. From very close to home, Swerve from Limerick-based dancer/choreographer Robin Palmer will be screened as part of the Remembering programme, and John’s Query from Angie Smalis, Mark Carberry and Colin Gee looks at the lives of three characters living in Limerick’s John’s Square in different eras – following a performed version of this work that took place in Dance Limerick in December.
At the end of the festival, the Light Moves 2018 Festival Awards (with a monetary worth of over €2750) will be presented. This year Dublin Dance Festival sponsors the Light Moves Outstanding Choreography and/or Performance Award.
TICKETS & FURTHER INFORMATION
Light Moves Festival Passes and Tickets are available from: www.lightmoves.ie or
Dance Limerick, 1-2 John’s Square, Limerick (cash/cheque only).
For more information on the Light Moves festival: www.lightmoves.ie