The spectacular new home of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick was officially launched yesterday by An Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD. The launch was marked by a cultural celebration including performances by the Chieftains, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Rex Levitates Dance Company and by students of the Irish World Academy across contemporary, traditional and world dance as well as classical and traditional music performances.
The €20million building was specifically designed to combine the elements of research, performance and teaching by leading French Architect Daniel Cordier, who was appointed following an international design competition. It accommodates two performance workshop theatres, the Tower Theatre and the Main Theatre as well as dance performance studios, recording spaces, music performance practice rooms, seminar rooms, exhibition areas and an international research centre. Read the rest of this entry »