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.


Helga Deasy (photo credit: Clare Keogh)

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.


Kristyn Fontanella (photo credit: Lucy Dawson)

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.


Maria Svensson (photo credit: Rob Beighton)

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. 

Mintesinot Wolde (photo credit: Lucy Dawson)

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.

Linda Cullen and Noelle O’Regan

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.