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Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Dublin 8, D08 FW31, Ireland
Phone +353 1 6129900

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UP-CLOSE is an energetic dance piece where two strangers meet, connect, and celebrate their new friendship; together they look to the future with hope, optimism, and an appetite for life. Designed for two dancers and a car tyre, blending contemporary and street dance styles with circus skills, and peppered with good humour and raw energy UP-CLOSE appeals to the liveness of children and ignites our yearning for physical contact.

The creative team facilitates a movement workshop and almost without realising it, children can explore ideas from the show and experience the piece physically. (Workshop 25 mins).

Co-presented by IMMA and Dublin Dance Festival. Dublin Dance Festival is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland /An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council.

Monica Muñoz Biography

Monica Muñoz is a choreographer based in Dublin since 2014. She creates performances for everyone from 3 years old and older, focusing on the dialogue between dance, scenography and music and pushing artistic boundaries. She strives to create highly physical works with a dose of anarchy and poetry that are presented in theatre venues, libraries, schools and public spaces.

Recent productions include Fall & Float; UP-CLOSE, commissioned by Tipperary Dance International Festival, Ireland (2021) that received a National Touring Award (2022). and YPCE Commission from Draoícht Connect the Dots. Previous work includes the acclaimed Princesses Can Be Pirates, funded by Business to Arts that toured Nationally and Internationally with support from The Irish Arts Council and Culture Ireland.

Her new piece FLIP will have premiere this coming spring.

She was The Ark’s John Coolahan Early Years Artist in Residence 2021/22 and is currently one of the participants of Meitheal, an artist support initiative committed to the development, creation & presentation of performing arts for young audiences across Ireland and internationally.


Important Notice


We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June.  A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.