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Light Moves celebrates adventurous dance, film and media arts. The festival is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of screen-dance in Ireland and internationally, presenting feature screenings, short films, invited works and open submissions, with some of the most respected figures in the field, as well as supporting emerging talents.

Mary Conlon will participate in a special panel discussion of Limerick voices, discussing the themes and issues that emerge from Bring Down the Walls (2020) by Phil Collins, ahead of the film’s in-person screening at Dance Limerick on 24 September 2021. The other panellists are Anca Minescu, Brian O’Rourke, and Margaret O’Brien. Light Moves recommends attending Bring Down the Walls by Phil Collins to accompany this panel. You can find tickets and further information here.

About Bring Down the Walls

With a prison population of more than 2 million, the US is the world’s biggest jailer. Coinciding with the escalation of mass incarceration in the 1980s, house music emerged from Black, Latinx and queer communities embattled by oppressive law enforcement policies. Bring Down The Walls looks at the prison industrial complex through the lens of house music and nightlife, proposing the dance floor as a space of personal and collective liberation, and new ways in which we could come together as a society.

About Phil Collins

Born in 1970, Collins grew up in the North of England. He studied Drama and English Literature at the University of Manchester, before moving to Belfast to complete an MA in Fine Art at the University of Ulster. He received the Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Arts in 2001, and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2006 and Artes Mundi Prize in 2012. Over the last twenty years, Collins has gained recognition for ambitious projects which are rooted in a close relationship with place, people and communities. Manifesting as films, installations, performative situations or live events, his work foregrounds the aspects of lived experience, the radical potential of empathy and connection, and voices that have often been disregarded or suppressed. Across different geographies, ethnicities, class, and language – from Europe and the Middle East to South East Asia to North and South Americas – Collins’ approach is guided by an ethos of exchange, exemplified by a commitment to long-term process and engagement with the local context.

The festival is curated by Jürgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley, and produced by Dance Limerick, in partnership with the Digital Media and Arts Research Centre at the University of Limerick.

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