JUNK ENSEMBLE

The Bystander at Dublin Theatre Festival 2018


Our new work The Bystander will premiere as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2018 at axis:Ballymun.

‘I didn’t want to get involved.' Anonymous Neighbour 
The Bystander is an intriguing and adventurous production by multi-award winning dance theatre innovators Junk Ensemble. Taking its name from the bystander effect phenomenon of the murder of Kitty Genovese outside her apartment in New York City in 1964, whereby thirty-eight witnesses saw or heard the attack, yet none of them called for help, The Bystander brings to the surface some of the murkier and complex behaviours of contemporary society.

Performed by an internationally acclaimed cast and drawing on the expertise of a psychologist, The Bystander gets under the skin of how we behave as individuals and groups. What makes us help someone and what makes us simply 
stand by?

‘The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.’ Albert Einstein

Creation, Direction and Choreography: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy
In collaboration with the cast

Set Design: Sabine Dargent
Lighting Design: Zia Bergin-Holly
Costume Design: Sarah Foley
Music and Sound Design: Denis Clohessy
Dramaturgy: Feidlim Cannon


Performers include: Stephanie Dufresne, Stephen Moynihan, Tilly Webber

Where: axis:Ballymun
 
When: 4–6 Oct, 8pm 
How: Book here 
Join the conversation: #TheBystander #DTF18

Additional performance dates:
Friday 12 October at 
Mermaid Arts Centre, County Wicklow 8pm
9 & 10 November at Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Junk Ensemble are Project Artists, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.
This production is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. Presented by axis
:Ballymun in association with Dublin Theatre Festival.

Call-out for Participants - Behaviour of The Body


Behaviour of the Body Workshops at Dance Ireland
Junk Ensemble invite you to work with them in a series of three workshops this summer, which will assist their research for their new work, The Bystander.
In these workshops, you will work with a psychologist and choreographers Jessica Kennedy and Megan Kennedy.
Different ‘body based phenomena’ will be explored in each session such as:
  • Spatial design of performer and spectator
  • Body/group behaviour
  • Mob mentality
  • Social dynamics in space
Dates: Sat 30 Jun & Sat 7 July & Sat 14 Jul 2018
Time: 11:00 - 14:00
Venue: DanceHouse
Admission: €10 per session, or €25 to attend all three
 
The workshops are open to all. There is no previous dance or performance experience required. Further information:

Man At The Door at Cork Midsummer Festival 2018


Our new production Man At The Door (Number 54) will premiere at Cork Midsummer Festival in partnership with Firkin Crane and Cork City Council. Performed in the atmospheric Sunbeam Bingo Hall in Blackpool Cork, the idea of the doppelgänger is played out, exploring themes of care and the beautiful banality of life. What happens when your double knocks on the door? How does the story of your life play out through a bingo game?
 
Direction and Choreography: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy
Created in collaboration with the cast

Visual and Lighting Design: Sarah Jane Shiels
Composition and Sound Design: Peter Power
Costume Design: Laura Perrem

Performers: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy, Lucia Kickham, Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín, Hugh Scannell, Luca Squillacciotti

Photography: Luca Truffarelli
 
WHEN
Friday 15, Saturday 16, Sunday 17 June at 3pm
Friday 22, Saturday 23, Sunday 24 June at 3pm
 
WHERE
Sunbeam Bingo Hall, Blackpool, Cork

Funded by The Arts Council’s Cork City Dance-Artists-in-Residence Scheme at Firkin Crane. Supported by Cork City Council, Firkin Crane and Sunbeam Bingo Hall.
 
Book here

Dolores at Dublin Dance Festival 2018


Dolores  recently premiered at Dublin Dance Festival from 8 - 13 May 2018 at Chocolate Factory in Dublin.

Inspired by Vladimir Nabokov’s visual and disturbing novel ‘Lolita’, Dolores is a powerful and uncompromising work finally told by a silenced girl. Dolores gives a voice to the neglected and traumatised child, the candy girl full of hope and the enraged woman full of fire and revenge. Performed by the acclaimed Mikel Murfi and Amanda Coogan, Irish & international dancers and musicians and exquisitely designed as an off-site piece, Dolores digs into the poetry of the novel and exposes the unsettling abuse and tragedy of a young girl through imagery, song, dance and text.

More info and booking here


DOLORES from Junk Ensemble on Vimeo.

Direction and Choreography: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy
created in collaboration with the cast
 
Scenography: Valerie Reid
Lighting: Sarah Jane Shiels
Music: Denis Clohessy
Costumes: Sarah Foley
Dramaturgy/Collaboration: Jo Timmins
Videography: Luca Truffarelli
Photography: Fionn McCann
 
Performers: Amanda Coogan, Danny Forde, Deirdre Griffin, Julie Koenig, Mikel Murfi, Conor Sheil

Dolores is funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival. Supported by Dublin City Council, Project Arts Centre, Dance Ireland, Dance City Newcastle. Junk Ensemble are Project Artists at Project Arts Centre and Cork City Dance Artists-in-Residence at Firkin Crane.
 

The Book and The Body Symposia, April 2018


Jessica Kennedy and Megan Kennedy of Junk Ensemble have curated a two-strand symposia entitled 'The Book and The Body' in National University of Ireland Galway and University College Dublin in April 2018, as part of Dublin Dance Festival, partnering with Dance Ireland and Live Collision Festival. This is surrounding a new Junk Ensemble dance-theatre production, an off-site work titled Dolores, which is inspired by Vladimir Nabokov’s visual and disturbing novel ‘Lolita’, and will premiere in May 2018. 

'The Book and The Body' Symposia will comprise of panel discussions, masterclasses, a viewing of an open rehearsal, roundtable discussions and international keynote speakers, and will take place at the National University of Ireland Galway: 13-14 April and University College Dublin: 20-21 April, covering themes which include: body & literature, gender & performance, sexuality and abuse, trauma & memory, how the body is represented in literature through the male perspective, and Vladimir Nabokov’s novel ‘Lolita’.

Detailed schedule and booking here

Soldier Still at Belfast Festival 2017


Soldier Still will perform at the prestigious Belfast International Arts Festival in association with The MAC on October 17 & 18 at 7:45pm. There will be a post show discussion with Professor Jay Winter after the performance on October 17.
Book tickets here

***** The Arts Review 'Raw power and palpable elegance ... Stirring, poignant ... Not to be missed ... Exquisite.'
**** The Irish Times 'Junk Ensemble’s most visually focused work to date.'
**** The Reviews Hub 'Dynamic and rich contemporary contemplation of the trauma of militant violence.'


Soldier Still - Promo show from Junk Ensemble on Vimeo.

Soldier Still Wins Best Design Award


We are delighted that Soldier Still has been awarded Best Design Award for Set, Lighting, Sound and Costume at the Dublin Fringe Festival Awards 2017. Congrats to our super talented designers Sabine Dargent, Sarah Jane Shiels, Denis Clohessy and Sarah Foley!

Soldier Still was nominated for Best Production, Best Ensemble and Best Design.

Soldier Still at Dublin Fringe Festival 2017


Read Michael Seaver's Irish Times feature on Soldier Still

Soldier Still is about violence. A new dance theatre work that blends movement, text, music, real stories and real people, creating a harrowing tale of beauty and brutality. A cast of Irish and international dancers and former soldiers collaborate with an exceptional creative team to explore the viciousness, the vulnerability and the trauma of violence. 

Dublin Fringe Festival at Project Arts Centre, September 8 - 14
Preview Sep 8 at 8:30pm, €11
Performance Sep 9 - 14 at 8:30pm
Matinee Sep 14 at 3pm
Tickets €16 / €14 conc.
Book here

Additional performances:
Mermaid Arts Centre, Wicklow 16 September at 8pm Book here
Belfast International Arts Festival 17 + 18 October at 7:45pm Book here

Concept, Direction and Choreography: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy
in collaboration with the cast

Set Design: Sabine Dargent
Lighting Design: Sarah Jane Shiels
Composition: Denis Clohessy
Costume Design: Sarah Foley
Dramaturgy: Gary Keegan
Producer: Michelle Cahill

Performers: Dr Tom Clonan, Geir Hytten, Lucia Kickham, Julie Koenig, Fernando Balsera Pita

Soldier Still Promo from Junk Ensemble on Vimeo.

Funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. A co-production with Mermaid Arts Centre and Project Arts Centre. Supported by Dance Ireland and Dance Base Edinburgh. Junk Ensemble are Project Artists at Project Arts Centre.

Photography: Fionn McCann
Videography: Luca Truffarelli

Cork City Dance Artists in Residence at Firkin Crane


Megan and Jessica Kennedy of Junk Ensemble are delighted to be appointed new Cork City Dance Artists in Residence at Firkin Crane for 2017/2018.

AUDITION NOTICE - Soldier Still


Junk Ensemble is holding an audition on Tuesday 25 April in Dublin, Ireland for their new dance theatre production Soldier Still to premiere in Autumn 2017. Junk Ensemble are seeking one male and one female professional contemporary dancer with a strong overall performance ability.
 
This is a paid position for an 8-week period of engagement, taking place in Summer/Autumn 2017.
 
Please send your CV, photograph, and a short online video clip (no longer than 2 minutes) to: info@junkensemble.com


Audition is by invite only. Deadline for applications is Monday 10 April.