Butter Nights #2

Sunday 23rd June 2019 7pm


Booking fee: online €1.50 per ticket / telephone €2 per ticket
Booking (021) 4507487 (Opening hours 1pm – 4pm Tuesday to Friday)

An evening of movement, creative exchange and food between artists. This is a unique opportunity to see new movement and meet with other artists and members of the public over dinner featuring five diverse early-career movement artists Helga Deasy, Kristyn Fontanella, Maria Svensson, Mintesinote Wolde and Linda Cullen & Noelle O’Regan, selected through an open submission process. Taking place at Firkin Crane as a shared performance in promenade-style with dinner and wine for all of the participants and audience members afterwards.

Butter Nights #2 is presented by Junk Ensemble, Cork City Dance Artists-in-Residence at Firkin Crane, in association with Cork Midsummer Festival and is the second outing after its sold-out success last November.

Supported by the Arts Council Dance Artist in Residence and Cork City Council.


River Fragments (work in progress) _ Helga Deasy (photo credit: Clare Keogh)

Supporting artists: Kevin Hayes (dancer) and Sara Hernandez (dancer)

‘Ever-newer waters flow on those who step into the same rivers’ (Heraclitus)
‘River Fragments’ is a work in progress which explores the dynamic flux between self and other. In a constant ebb and flow of connection and separation, closeness and distance, intimacy and alienation we are shaped by our relationships. Our self is ever-changing like the stream of a river, as we become self only by relating to other.
The work is a playful exploration of the constant give and take in interpersonal relationships, our search for mutuality, our need for connection, our struggle for autonomy. ‘River Fragments’ draws from the insight that a state of balance can only be maintained through constant change.The work is informed by the choreographer’s movement research into Laban’s principles and concepts (choreology) which was supported by Cork City Council and a Ceist Residency at the Firkin Crane in March of this year.

Helga Deasy (Germany / Ireland) is a choreographer, dance artist and teacher. Her creative practice spans choreography for ensemble and solo works, performance and cross-disciplinary collaboration. She trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (MA Creative Practice, PGDip Community Dance, SD Choreological Studies) and has performed and presented her work in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA.


hup _ Kristyn Fontanella (photo credit: Lucy Dawson)

Supporting Artists: Connor O’Sullivan (guitar) and Pax O Faoláin (fiddle)

Irish dancers sometimes take the music they dance to for granted. They anticipate the chords, tune change, and when the beat drops in – so how can we change this and make it new and unexpected? Kristyn wants to use this traditional Irish music she has grown accustomed to and express it through the body not just the feet. How does something so familiar look when using the unfamiliar?

Kristyn is accompanied by Connor O’Sullivan on guitar and Pax O Faoláin on fiddle

Kristyn Fontanella has toured internationally with Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. She holds a BFA in Theatre and Dance from CCSU and an MA in Dance Performance from the University of Limerick. After the success of her duet As We Know It, her latest ensemble, IN LiMBO, premiered in 2018 and will tour Ireland in February of 2020 with support from the Arts Council.


Shining Stars _ Maria Svensson (photo credit: Rob Beighton)

Supporting Artists: Hugh Scannell (dancer), Luca Squillacciotti (dancer) and Claire O’Brien (vocalist/musician)

Come join us on our yellow stage, come dance with us on the moon among the craters.
Shining Stars is the working title of a piece that invites us to open our skies and ask ourselves what colour is our dream? Inspired by the gentle, magic poetry that make up our everyday lives.
Directed by Maria Svensson, the piece was created together with Hugh Scannell, Luca Squillacciotti & Claire O’Brien.
With thanks to Graffiti Theatre Company, Rachel Doolin & Olivia Flynn.

Maria Svensson is an independent dance artist who has been making work on her own and in collaboration with others since Disney’s Aladdin came out on VHS. She was dance artist in residence at An Lab, Dingle funded by the Arts Council and Kerry County Council 2016-2018 and is artistic director of the solo dance festival Going Solo Together. 

The Dialogue between us _ Mintesinot Wolde (photo credit: Lucy Dawson)

Supporting Artists: Valentina Gaia Lops (dancer) (Salma Atayer and Eilise  Sullivan dancers on video)

Created based on memories, Concepts, motifs that developed from improvisation movement materials. The piece views various movement rhythms and imagery of body gestures.
This piece also reflects how the dancers use abstract movement patterns, to highlights various snapshot of stories, images, and memories that the viewers freely could understand or remember.

Mintesinot is originally from Ethiopia were he trained and worked as a traditional dancer and choreographer until moving to Ireland to complete MA in contemporary dance at University of Limerick. He’s participated in the Step Up Dance project 2018 and numerous performance throughout Ireland as well as producing solo pieces called Totems through Time, Call for humanity, Wait in Weight and Fidel.


Women in Ceremony _ Linda Cullen and Noelle O’Regan

Women in Ceremony is a performance that explores physical theatre, clown and aerial dance. It conveys patterns of movements from the vertical plain to the floor, researching shamanic and tribal dance and how this relates to our own native ceremonies.
The performance is our own personal translation between the esoteric world and the earth using voice sound and movement.

Linda Cullen attended circus school Carampa Madrid in 1999 studying aerial arts and dance. She continued her training at Circus Elleboog Holland. Sorcaluba was created in 2008 an aerial street theater company that was arts council funded and toured Ireland till 2015 . She currently tours with Circusoutsidethebox, is a youth leader at CircusFactory Cork and performs for a development educational company MindtheGap.

Noelle O’Regan a Physical Theatre and Theatrical Clown parishioner, based in Cork. Trained with Belinda Wild, Colaiste Stiofain Naofa, Sergei Ostrenko, IUITE, Simon Edward, The Actors Space, Sue Morrison, Clown through Mask, Jonathan Kay, Nomadic Academe of Fools. She is currently working on, “The Line” Black Hole Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, “Brid!s Story”, Dowtcha Puppets, Cork, “Invitation to Wander”, Karen Power.