What is Luail?

Luail is Ireland’s inaugural national and all island dance company, established in 2024 with funding from Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

Luail exists to embody, embed and empower dance across the island of Ireland, and to lead into a future that transforms how we make, know and experience it.

luail, (pron. loo-il) (Act of) moving; motion, activity. ~ na ngéag, movement of the limbs. ~í coirp, body movements.

Our Programme Pillars

Pillar One


Alongside the establishment of a new collective model of resident artists, core-company of dancers and multidisciplinary collaborators, we will commission original cutting-edge work and renew existing repertoire from dance artists based on the island of Ireland and internationally. These productions will span all scales, genres, languages and spaces, ranging from awe-inspiring spectacles to experimental and thought-provoking ideas.

Pillar Two


We believe in making dance accessible to all, regardless of geographical location or background. We will collaborate with venues, develop networks, engage with diverse communities through meaningful learning and engagement programmes, and build audience awareness and appreciation for dance across the island.

Pillar Three


We are committed to investing in and strengthening the cultural landscape across the island of Ireland. We will provide support systems for dance artists, catering to aspiring, emerging, and established professionals. Our initiatives aim to nurture talent and foster growth, ensuring a vibrant, resilient and sustainable future for dance.

Latest Opportunities

Choreo-graph/Sceno-graph // Mentoring

Scenography mentoring with Luail Artist-in-Residence Katie Davenport. Emerging choreographers will be able to avail of this opportunity to rec...
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Activating Archive Residency – Deadline Extended

The residency, which will take place in November (US) and December (Ireland), is also in association with Our Steps in New York, The Jerome Ro...
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Productions in Partnership
with Luail

Impasse by Mufutau Yusuf

Produced by Luail, Impasse will tour this summer and beyond to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Maison De La Danse, Lyon, Dance Cork Firkin Cran...
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Sentient by Liz Roche

Sentient is a Beckett: Unbound 2024 Festival commission from choreographer Liz Roche, made in collaboration with saxophonist Nick Roth and ond...
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