Friday 17th September 2021


Here at Firkin Crane, we are proud to support dancers and choreographers to make, create and develop new work. We offer many supports to dance artists including a range of residencies, OPEN FLOOR (studio space at a rate of €7.80 per hour available to professional dance artists) and weekly professional class held on Thursday mornings. If you are interested in availing of any of these supports, please email Andrea at

This video, created for Culture night 2021 features some of the artists who have been in residence with us at Firkin Crane in the last 12 months.
Instant Dissidence, directed by Rita Marcalo was in Residency for a week in June/July 2021. This coincided with the company’s residency at SIRIUS in Cobh, Co. Cork. Rita Marcalo, dancers from the company Thilde Andreasen and Mia DiChiaro, undertook a Dance & Activism Residency at Firkin Crane which included studio based explorations, visits to community projects, teaching the professional class on Thursday 1st July from inside Firkin Crane with participants joining in online, and a SIRIUS Instagram takeover. In the video Thilde and Mia talk about their time at Firkin Crane, and share an excerpt of what they were working on shot outside SIRIUS.
• Emerging choreographer, Mufutau Yusuf, (Junior) was in residence for a week in August 2021, where he worked on Ówe, a solo work inspired by meditations on a collection of Yoruba proverbs. For some of those days Junior worked with lighting designer Matt Burke. Junior talks to us about the benefit of his residency at Firkin Crane and shares an excerpt from Ówe, which was shown earlier in the year as part of Irish Modern Dance Theatre’s Dancer from the Dance Festival
• Emergent Artist, Yasmin Mello, is a recipient of the National Dance Residency Partnership (NDRP) 2021, a partnership initiative between FC, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick, and Galway Dance Project to provide a networked support to a choreographer in the production of new dance work. Yasmin spent a week at Firkin Crane, with accommodation at the Jack Lynch House. Yasmin speaks to the benefits of being a recipient of the NDRP and her time at Firkin Crane. Yasmin was further developing MarbleFace written by Ciarán Lawless, directed and performed by Yasmin. The work will premiere at Imagine Arts Festival in October 2021
Helga Deasy is Cork City Dance Artist in Residence at Firkin Crane 2021. As part of her residency programme Helga has curated Mosaic in Motion, the first live dance event in Firkin Crane for 2021. Helga will showcase her own new work State of Flux, a poetic exploration of the ever-changing nature of life, choreographed and directed by Helga, produced by Eoin Ó hAnnracháin, and lighting by our very own Tim Feehily. Mosaic in Motion will also feature work by guest artists Diviane Helena de Oliveira, Gracie Marshall and Rachel Sheil, alongside 3 short films by Natasha Bourke, Cuizhu Wang, Ana Vallejos & Yawen Yuan and Etaoin Melville. Rehearsals took place at Firkin Crane in August 2021, which are shown in the video featuring dancers Sara Hernandez and Yumi Lee, with composer/musician Justin Grounds.
Sara Hernandez was one of our Firkin Crane ReFramed Bursary Award recipients, along with Rachel Ní Bhraonáin, Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín, Cormac Mohally and Natasha Bourke. The bursary allowed recipients the time and resources to undertake a project, Sara took the opportunity to collaborate with cellist/composer Ilse de Ziah, writer/philosopher Valeria de Vendetti and filmmaker Eoin Ó hAnnracháin to produce Thrice Works. This work was delayed by Covid-19, but they were all able to be in the studio together for a few days in December 2020. Sara presented her film as a mini colloquium during our May 2021 monthly forum. Dermot Browne spoke to Sara about her collaboration and her time spent in the studio at Firkin Crane.

Firkin Crane is supported by funding from the Arts Council Dance and from Cork City Council

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