Butter Nights #1

Friday 30th November 2018 7pm 

€15 (includes performance and dinner)
Bookings need to be made by Wednesday 28th November

Booking fee: online €1.50 per ticket / telephone €2 per ticket
Booking (021) 4507487 (Opening hours 11am – 2pm Tuesday to Friday)

Butter Nights, a shared performance platform is an evening designed to exchange ideas, movement and food between artists based in Cork and adjoining counties. This is a unique opportunity to see new movement works or re-designed performance pieces from the five artists: Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín, Natasha Bourke, Gracie Marshall, Rachel Ní Bhraonáin and Lisa Cahill. The night will be an opportunity to catch up with colleagues and meet with other artists and members of the public over dinner.

Butter nights is made possible by the support of Firkin Crane providing 70 hours of free studio time to create the works as well as technical and design support from the Firkin Crane Dance Team of specialists.

This inaugural event is supported by the Per Cent for Arts Scheme in connection with the publicly funded refurbishment project Re-Imagining Firkin Crane.


Lay me down in the dark soil that’s sticky and damp. Lay me in the loam. Lay me under a blanket of leaves, west of here. In Tochail, Cork-based dance artist Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín begins to excavate some of the intricacies of land and ownership asking: Who owns whom?

 Siobhán, who’s own work primarily focuses on place-based and site-specific work manifesting in film and live performance is Dance Artist-In-Residence at Ionad Cultúrtha, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork. She is working with Cork-based ongoing collaborator, percussionist and drummer Solamh Kelly.

This work-in-progress is in the initial stages of development.



Time’s Away


Main Image: photo credit David Hegarty, Visuals Cliff Dolliver

times’s away

This piece was initially conceived as a development of a previous performance work time away: https://vimeo.com/265416030.

Drawing from different strands of Natasha Bourke’s practice time’s away invites the audience into an immersive experience of psychological and kinesthetic response. A surreal vignette is formed using different spatial, visual and aural modalities to aid perceptual shifts and suspension of time. The poetic narrative evokes a landscape of fragmented dream, memory and mischief.

Natasha invited, James Fortune (longtime collaborator), Mick O’Shea and Irene Murphy, directors of the Guesthouse, to collaborate on sound and visuals as well as Fernando Tunon as technical/creative advisor and assistant.

Mick and James also contributed to Natasha’s recent large-scale performance, go-betweens, in St.Peter’s Church, for Quarter Block Party. Having participated in multiple events at both the Guesthouse and Firkin Crane over the years, Natasha is delighted to finally collide these worlds through the absurd and sincere tableau she offers Butternights.

With Special Thanks to all the staff at the Firkin Crane, Junk Ensemble and anyone else who has supported this work.


A short period of enjoyment or wild behaviour. Combining circus hula hoop skills with movement based acrobatics, Gracie Marshall explores the two meanings, investigating the literal sense of the word, as well as the deeper meaning, exploring the dynamics of the relationship between two personas and the hula hoops.

Gracie, a circus artist from West Cork has travelled far and wide to learn from the best teachers. She combined all these styles into her own unique hula hoop salad. She pairs with Spanish acrobat Cristian Fierro, who following 6 years of training started the company Cirque du platzak which he has been touring for the past 8 years.

Losing Your Body


How far can the body be pushed before it pushes back? Through a lens of neuroscience and personal experience, Rachel Ní Bhraonáin uses dance, spoken word and aerial harness to try to explain what words alone cannot. This is an excerpt of a longer piece and a first attempt at incorporating aerial harness, created in collaboration with dancer Robyn Byrne. Supported by A Little Room TDC, The Irish Aerial Creation Centre and Waterford Youth Arts.

Rachel, a dance and circus artist from Waterford has trained and worked in London for 7 years and now specialises in vertical dance (harness). She teams with dance artist Robyn Byrne from Mullingar who trained at NCSD in Leeds.

Unfolding part 3

During the Butter Nights #1 residency period,  Cahill returned to a performance work she created and presented during an Arts Council Dance Residency (’14 – ’16) at Maynooth University. Over the last three months, Lisa has re engaged with questions, and needs that have called her to investigate further. Unfolding part 3 offers an experience of Lisa’s current process, new details emerging, regrowth of previous delights and natural evolution of body and materials over time.

Special thanks to people who came into the studio or walked with Lisa on this journey; Brian Cliffe, Helga Deasy, Tim Feehily, Julie Forrester, Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín, Laura O’ Brien, Mary Roche Bickley, Andrea Stapleton.

Lisa, a contemporary dance artist, movement facilitator and educator, is a participating artist on the primary schools artist-in-residence programme “Virtually There”. She has worked in partnership with Scoil Bernadette in Montenotte for the past 3 years in the development of a creative dance programme.