Firkin Crane and Cork City Council are proud to welcome the award-winning dance company, Junk Ensemble, as Cork City Dance Artists in Residence at Firkin Crane. The award is supported by the Arts Council, and open to national competition. This is Firkin Crane and Cork City Council’s 6th consecutive year to win the award.
Describing their residency plans, Jessica and Megan Kennedy state, “We are delighted to take the position of Cork City Dance Artists in Residence at Firkin Crane. We are particularly excited by the prospect of becoming intrinsic to the thriving Cork arts sector . We will create a new site-responsive work, working with professional and non-professional Cork-based performers. We plan to programme interesting and challenging workshops, masterclasses, and professional morning class by a variety of high-calibre practitioners and teachers.”
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 build a reputation in Ireland as dance innovators. Junk Ensemble’s work has toured throughout the UK, Europe and 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.