JUNK ENSEMBLE

Junk December newsletter


Junking good wishes to everyone! Catch up with our latest news and junk's busy year here

Dance Base Edinburgh Residency


Junk Ensemble are currently in residence at Dance Base in Edinburgh, researching their new show Soldier Still, to premiere in Autumn 2017. Megan and Jessica Kennedy are in development in the studio from 5 - 9 December.

Junk will teach company class on Thursday 8 December from 10 - 11:30am and lead an Artists Talk on Friday 9 December at 5pm at Dance Base.  More info here

Sometimes We Break at Modern Art Oxford


Excerpts from Sometimes We Break will be performed at Modern Art Oxford in the UK on Friday 4 November as part of ''Happenings' between 7 - 11pm.

Performers: Carl Harrison, Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy, Tom Lane
Original composition: Tom Lane

Modern Art Oxford performance details here

Sometimes We Break was originally commissioned for Tate Britain and performed at Mind Your Step Festival in the Docklands, Dublin.

Artists Talk at Engage Arts Festival


Artistic Directors Jessica and Megan Kennedy were in conversation with visual artist Anne Ffrench at Engage Arts Festival in Bandon, Cork on Sunday 2 October to discuss the cross-over between dance theatre, visual art and installation in performance.

It Folds at Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016


It Folds, a joint production between Junk Ensemble and Brokentalkers, recently completed its run at Summerhall as part of Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2016 to great success.

Read what the press said here

Performance dates: 3 + 4 August (Previews)
5 - 28 August (no shows Monday 8, 15, 22 August)
Times: 1:40pm daily
Location: VENUE 26, Summerhall Main Hall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL
Book TICKETS

It Folds is supported by Culture Ireland and a co-production with LÓKAL Festival Reykjavík. Junk Ensemble and Brokentalkers are Project Artists, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.



IT FOLDS from Shoot To Kill on Vimeo.

HUGE THANKS to all our Fund-it supporters who helped make it possible to bring It Folds to Edinburgh: 
George Reed, Fearghus O’Conchuir, Maeve McGrath, Shane Byrne, Justine Cooper, Liv O’Donoghue, Tom Lane, Ted Jones, Tadhg Henderson, Caitriona Ni Mhurchu, Carla Rogers, Futoshi Sakauchi, Oonagh Kearney, Stephanie Dickenson, Eleanor Walsh, Kate Heffernan, Zlata Filipovic, Zoe Reardon, Ian Henderson, David Bolger, Dennis Kennedy, Billy O’Toole, Geoffrey Keating, Ingrid Nachstern, Conall O’Duibhir, Steven Hoggett, Susannah Tyrrell, Ryan O’Neill, Kate McSweeney

 

Bird with Boy UK Tour


Bird with Boy is currently touring the United Kingdom throughout May - July 2016. Bird with Boy originally performed in the basement of Kilmainhaim Gaol for Dublin Fringe Festival 2011 (Winner Best Production) and was re-mounted in a Georgian house in Henrietta Street for Dublin Theatre Festival 2012. We have cast the six young boy dancers locally at each venue.

27 and 28 May: Castle Keep, Newcastle (Dance City) 6pm & 8pm
18 June: The Old Police Station, London 6:30pm & 8:30pm
9 and 10 July: Attenborough Centre, Brighton (South East Dance) 6:30pm & 8:30pm
13 and 14 July: South Hill Park, Bracknell 6pm & 8pm

‘UNSETTLING, RAW AND EVEN BEAUTIFUL’ THE IRISH TIMES *****

‘COMBINING A STUNNING SET DESIGN WITH LIVE MUSIC AND DANCE, JUNK ENSEMBLE HAS SERVED UP A TREAT’ THE SUNDAY TIMES *****

‘ADMIRABLY AMBITIOUS IN ITS SCALE AND STRUCTURE AND IMAGINATIVE IN ITS USE OF SPACE AND THEATRICS’ TOTALLY DUBLIN

Creators: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy, Jo Timmins
Performers: Eddie Kay, Lucia Kickham, Tilly Webber
Live Musicians/Composition: Tom Lane, Bryan O'Connell
Visual Design: Valerie Reid
Costume: Emma Downey
Photography: Luca Truffarelli

Produced by CUE in association with Sarah Trist Dance Management Agency
Supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Walking Pale at Embodied (Dublin Dance Festival)


We have just completed performances of Walking Pale as part of GPO: Witness History Commission for Dublin Dance Festival's Embodied - a series of six new dance solos by female choreographers.

Walking Pale is performed by Olwen Fouéré with live music composed by Raymond Scannell. Performed in the 'Lightwell' in the GPO in April 2016, Walking Pale explores failure and rebellion and how the Irish Proclamation has failed the women of Ireland today.

Responding to the 1916 Irish Proclamation and how it resonates today, Embodied is a series of ‘physical proclamations’ by choreographers Sibéal Davitt, Jazmín Chiodi, Jessie Keenan, Junk Ensemble (Jessica Kennedy & Megan Kennedy), Liv O’Donoghue and Emma O’Kane, to be performed in the GPO. The project is directed by choreographer Liz Roche and with a exhibition by Luca Truffarelli.

Performance Dates: Wed 20 April, Thu 21 April, Fri 22 April
Times: 8.00pm, 8.45pm, 9.30pm nightly
Duration: 75 mins approx
Location: The GPO, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1

It Folds to Mayfest Bristol 2016


It Folds by Junk Ensemble and Brokentalkers will perform at Bristol Old Vic as part of Mayfest Bristol 2016, with support from Culture Ireland. It Folds premiered at The Abbey Theatre on the Peacock Stage at Tiger Dublin Fringe 2015 and was awarded Best Lighting Design for Sarah Jane Shiels (Irish Times Theatre Awards) and Best Performer for Ben Sullivan (Tiger Dublin Fringe).

Performance dates at Bristol Old Vic:
Friday 20 May at 8pm
Saturday 21 May at 8pm
Sunday 22 May at 8pm

More info and booking here

Dusk Ahead Cross-border Irish Tour


In the fading light of dusk it’s difficult to discern what is real and 
what is imagined….

Dusk Ahead
 completed its tour around Ireland in November 2015 performing in Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Cork, Limerick and Belfast. 

Enthralling’ The Sunday Times
‘Mesmerising’ The Irish Times
'Delicately beautiful' The Irish Independent
‘Anything seemed possible in this skilfully wrought work of illusion and disenchantment’ Irish Theatre Magazine 

Tour dates:
Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Friday 6 November & Saturday 7 November at 8pm 
Book here

Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
Tuesday 10 November at 8pm 

Book here

Firkin Crane, Cork
Friday 13 November at 8pm 

Book here

Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick
Wednesday 18 November at 8pm 

Book here

The MAC, Belfast
Monday 23 November at 8pm

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Dusk Ahead is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Touring & Dissemination Award and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Dance Ireland and Project Arts Centre, where junk ensemble are Project Artists.

Awards and Nominations for It Folds




It Folds received two nominations at The Irish Times Theatre Awards 2016: Best Lighting Design for Sarah Jane Shiels and Best Sound Design for Denis Clohessy. Sarah Jane Shiels was awarded Best Lighting Design for her designs for It Folds and PALS by Anu PRodutcions.

It Folds received two nominations at Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2015, for Best Ensemble and Best Performer Award. Ben Sullivan was awarded Best Performer or his role in It Folds.