2023 | 50 min | Comission | Black Box 


‘Riverine’ explores the concept and realities of rivers. Drawing on the vital importance of the river Shannon for the city of Limerick, Maria casts a wider net that examines the idea of flow, of embodying a place and collaborating with nature.


Step Up is a programme of professional development for recent dance graduates from Ireland or based in Ireland. It introduces audiences in Ireland to a group of fresh dance talent that will enrich the country’s dance ecology for years to come. Since it began in 2011, the project has helped over 70 talented young dance graduates to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice, and to assist them in building networks that support a professional career.

Following a competitive open call, five young dance artists were selected to take part in this year’s edition. Ghaliah Conroy, Fionnuala Doyle Wade, Saoirse Lambkin O’Kane, Ben Sullivan and Jessie Thompson have been spending 6 weeks working together at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and at Dance Limerick, developing new exciting work with choreographer Maria Nilsson Waller, to an original score by Stace Gill + Ross Dowling / The Sei.

The Step Up Dance Project is a collaboration between Dance Limerick, the Irish World Academy, Dance Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland.

Choreography: Maria Nilsson Waller

Performed by: Ghaliah Conroy, Fionnuala Doyle Wade, Saoirse Lambkin O’Kane, Ben Sullivan and Jessie Thompson

Step Up curator: Fearghus Ó Conchúir

Rehearsal director: Lucia Kickham

Music: Stace Gill and Ross Dowling / The Sei

Costume design: Ella Daly

Production management & Lighting design: Gearoid O Hallmhurain

Sound engineering: Jacob Woulfe

Communications: Leonor Miralles


A series of work focusing on nature, natural intelligence, evolution, metamorphoses, gender and sexuality, community and social dreaming.

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Cutting edge jazz based sounds (by members of award winning bands Klabbes Bank and Je Suis!) meets a mix of organic and computer generated visuals and forceful choreography.

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