Cork City Dance Artists in Residence at Firkin Crane 2017 – 2020

Following a public call out and successful Arts Council application, with Cork City Council support, we are proud to welcome Jessica and Megan Kennedy, Junk Ensemble.

We are delighted to take the position of Cork City Dance Artists in Residence at Firkin Crane. We are particularly excited by the prospect of becoming intrinsic to the thriving Cork arts sector. We will create a new site-responsive work, working with professional and non-professional Cork-based performers. We plan to programme interesting and challenging workshops, masterclasses, and professional morning class by a variety of high-calibre practitioners and teachers.” Jessica and Megan Kennedy June 2017

Junk Ensemble was founded in 2004 by identical twin sisters Megan Kennedy and Jessica Kennedy to create works of brave and imaginative dance theatre. Previous Artists in Residence at Tate Britain, the multi-award winning company have built a reputation in Ireland as dance innovators. Junk Ensemble’s work has toured throughout the UK, Europe, Ireland and New York and continues to tour nationally and internationally. Their productions are often created in collaboration with artists from other disciplines to produce a rich mix of visual and performance styles that seeks to challenge the traditional audience performer relationship. This approach has led to productions being created in non-traditional or found spaces as well as more conventional theatre spaces.


Laura Murphy, Luke Murphy and Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín 

Cork’s Dancer in Residence at Firkin Crane continues as a co-residency between Laura Murphy and Luke Murphy with Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín as associate artist in 2017. Designed to promote dance in the professional and in the wider community, the residency programme offers a range of classes, workshops and projects. Simultaneously, Laura, Luke and Siobhán will continue to work on their individual projects locally, nationally and internationally.

Professional Engagement

The Workshop Series, curated by Laura and Luke, invites internationally renowned teachers to teach for one week at Firkin Crane. Following the success of A Dynamic Change Workshop by Iñaki Azpillaga in September 2016 and Be Like Water Workshop by Kari Hoaas in February 2017, the Dancer in Residence Programme welcomes Matteo Fargion in August 2017.

‘Crossing the Stage’ and other scores by Matteo Fargion, hosted by Laura Murphy, runs from Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th August. Composer/performer Matteo Fargion, leads a 3-day composition workshop focusing on what happens when ideas and techniques which come primarily from music are translated into movement. Suitable for performers and makers in any field.

Community Engagement

Associate Dancer in Residence Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín works with FC/DC boys dance club to create a new choreography Under Your Nose. This premiers on Thursday 13th April 2017 at Skiddy’s Castle Plaza, North Main Street, Cork.


At Quarter Block Party Laura performed a work-in-progress solo, Stanza, as part of  Triptych with other solo works by Cathy Walsh and Maria Svensson. Stanza is about the poetry of repetition with visuals by Oonagh Kearney and sound by Irene Buckley. A Movement Harmony is a new ensemble piece by Laura Murphy, with composer Michael Gallen, and features two violinists and two dancers. The work-in-progress shows at Cork Midsummer Festival in June 2017. Audiences are invited to walk amongst the performers and continuously choose a spot to view the performance, immersing themselves within the work.

Luke is developing a new duet work Iris, to be staged in a store front window with real time video installation by David Fischel. This work-in-progress is developed through a number of workshops in 2017, with an informal Work-In-Progress lunchtime presentation in June 2017 and full creation and premiere in Winter 2017.

Cork’s Dancer in Residence at Firkin Crane 2016 – 2017 is supported by The Arts Council, Cork City Council and Firkin Crane. 

Upcoming and Ongoing Projects

Professional Classes
‘Crossing the Stage’ and other scores Workshop by Matteo Fargion