Cork City Dance Artists in Residence at Firkin Crane 2017 – 2020
Megan and Jessica Kennedy of Junk Ensemble began their appointment as City Dance Artists in Residence at Firkin Crane in October 2017 starting off with an informal meet and greet with the Cork dance community, hosted by Firkin Crane. The first Masterclass of their residency was led by Megan and Jessica in October while the first workshop was led by Michael Keegan-Dolan.
Throughout the upcoming year, Junk have programmed a series of masterclasses and workshops to be held at Firkin Crane for professional dancers, theatre practitioners and arts enthusiasts. Upcoming practitioners in the programme include Oona Doherty, Eddie Kay, Liz Roche, Wendy Houstoun, Theo Clinkard and Junk Ensemble.
Additionally, as part of their residency Junk Ensemble will create a new site-specific work as part of Cork Midsummer Festival in June, working with some of the boys from FC/DC, professional dance artists and musicians, and an older community group in Blackpool. The piece will be performed in a working bingo hall.
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.
Cork City Dance Artist in Residence at Firkin Crane 2017 – 2018 is supported by the Arts Council, Cork City Council and Firkin Crane.