The Autonomy Project to thrill Limerick audiences from Easter Monday

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The Body Autonomous by Lisa McLoughlin with dancer Isabella Oberlander which will feature as part of the Autonomy Project which runs in Limerick from 2nd-7th April. (Pic: Lucy Dawson)​

Limerick Culture and Arts Office is delighted to present The Autonomy Project comprising of professional artists and original youth performances to audiences in Limerick, beginning on Easter Monday 2nd April.

The five days of events from 2nd - 7th April comprises of performances of original works from Limerick’s finest youth groups and leading professional dance, visual and sound artists exploring our autonomy in society.

The two exciting performances are:

The Autonomy Project @ The Sailors Home will run from 2nd - 7th April. This multi-genre installation performance presents original works by six leading artists: Visual Artist, Seamus Nolan (F**k IMMA), Performance, Artist Fergus Byrne (Future Histories), Performing Artist, Deirdre Murphy (Capitalism the Musical), Sound installation by Siobhan Kavanagh & Adam Gibney (Doom Opera & Synthesiser 7:(un)Certain), Dance Artist Lisa McLoughlin (Anima).

The Autonomy Project @ Dance Limerick which will take place on 6th & 7th April at 3pm & 8pm as part of the Limerick Fringe. This performance film, dance and music will showcase the original works created by our youth group partners: Limerick Youth Theatre, Dance Limerick, Music Generation Limerick City and GOSHH along with two outstanding professional performances, Goblom (Ella Clarke and Caitríona Ní Mhurchú) and Contemporary Circus Maleta Company.

The Autonomy Project progresses Limerick Culture and Arts Office’s Youth Arts Strategy, by developing and strengthening partnerships between four youth groups partners, Limerick Youth Theatre, Dance Limerick, Music Generation Limerick City and GOSHH (Gender, Orientation, Sexual Health, HIV)

It supports the Limerick Cultural Strategy Framework 2016-2030 to engage citizens through involvement in culture.

Dance artist and designer of The Autonomy Project, Lisa McLoughlin said: “This project is an exciting and ambitious large-scale collaboration. It draws on the best of collaboration, in that of all the youth groups and artists have full autonomy over their work to fully realise their vision. These are then combined to give multiple perspectives on a single theme. There will be dance, music, film, circus & visual art across two venues. This promises to be a treat for the senses!”

Assistant Arts Officer, Limerick City and County Council, Dr. Pippa Little said, “I am thrilled to see the performances and films made by the young people, having worked to support the four youth group partners, Limerick Youth Theatre, Dance Limerick, Music Generation Limerick City and GOSHH throughout the process. The concept of Autonomy, devised and overseen by lead artist Lisa McLoughlin has offered a rich theme and a strong foundation for exploration, debate and discussion for the young people.”

Tickets cost €10 for each performance, €5 child (under 16) or €17 for both Sailors Home and Dance Limerick are available from

For information on The Autonomy Project click here

The Autonomy Project is funded by an Arts Council Invitation to Collaboration award, which Limerick City and County Council Culture and Arts Office applied successfully for in a competitive context.

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