New January – June Programme of Performances and Events

Our brand new 6 month Brochure filled with exciting opportunities to SEE, MAKE and JOIN IN!

Download your copy here or pick up a copy here and around the city.

A note from Ríonach Ní Néill, Dance Curator:

Firkin Crane is a community of dance-makers and dance-doers. Every week, over 1000 people come through our doors to see performances and to dance themselves. The following pages reveal the variety of dance opportunities on offer, from the Firkin Crane’s own professional programme, and from the dance artists and teachers who make it their home. It is exciting to think that one of the 5 year olds attending their first dance class here could be premiering their own work on the main stage in 20 years’ time. In fact, this journey, from first steps to fully fledged, is the subject matter of Ella Clarke’s ‘42’, a personal and funny story of a life dedicated to dance, which she performs in March.

There are plenty of opportunities to see the next, and next after, generation of dance artists this season. Superhuman boys take to the stage in the Cork’s Dancer in Residence project, Super Moves, led by Associate Artist Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín; Cork Youth Ballet Company presents its inaugural performance of youth dance in March; and emerging professional artists, and emerging works, are showcased at Open Inquiry Event, also hosted by the CDIR with Associate Artist Helga Deasy.

Many of this season’s performances were created in the Firkin Crane, supported by its residency and production programmes for dance artists. Linger, an emotional and explosive tour de force by Breandán de Gallaí, was created through a partner residency between its commissioner, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and Firkin Crane. Having seen a work-in-progress in 2015, Cork audiences can now see the highly reviewed performance in January. In April, Catherine Young premieres Ultima Thule, supported by a Firkin Crane production residency, which offers the technical expertise and resources of a dance-dedicated theatre to nurture a work from studio to stage. For their first premiere as Firkin Crane’s Company in Residence, Attic Projects marks the 1916 centenary with On Triumph & Trauma by award-winning choreographer, Luke Murphy. Throughout the year, the Open Floor residencies offer space to dance artists at all stages of production, from idea to stage.

In a new partnership, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and Firkin Crane, supported by McCarthy Insurance, provide a joint residency to solo artist Lucia Kickham, to develop a new work. Spring comes with a bang and a thump, as two phenomenal performers, Ashley Chen, from Paris, and Philip Connaughton, from Dublin, both well known to Firkin Crane, perform their highly physical and comic duet Whack!! Midsummer is for dancing, and in June, Firkin Crane is full of dance and celebration. Croí Glan mark their first ten years, and the beginning of many more, with the premiere of an Irish/US double-bill from their favourite choreographers, Jess Curtis and David Bolger. Laura Murphy, our Dancer in Residence, culminates her highly successful 2015/16 season with Abacus, an ensemble piece for 8 dancers and 16 tin buckets


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