Soldier Still at Dublin Fringe Festival 2017

***** The Arts Review 'Raw power and palpable elegance ... Stirring, poignant ... Not to be missed ... Exquisite.'
**** The Irish Times 'Junk Ensemble’s most visually focused work to date.'
**** The Reviews Hub 'Dynamic and rich contemporary contemplation of the trauma of militant violence.'

Soldier Still is about violence. A new dance theatre work that blends movement, text, music, real stories and real people, creating a harrowing tale of beauty and brutality. A cast of Irish and international dancers and former soldiers collaborate with an exceptional creative team to explore the viciousness, the vulnerability and the trauma of violence. 

Dublin Fringe Festival at Project Arts Centre, September 8 - 14
Preview Sep 8 at 8:30pm, €11
Performance Sep 9 - 14 at 8:30pm
Matinee Sep 14 at 3pm
Tickets €16 / €14 conc.
Book here

Read Michael Seaver's Irish Times feature on Soldier Still

Additional performances:
Mermaid Arts Centre, Wicklow 16 September at 8pm Book here
Belfast International Arts Festival 17 + 18 October at 7:45pm Book here

Concept, Direction and Choreography: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy
in collaboration with the cast

Set Design: Sabine Dargent
Lighting Design: Sarah Jane Shiels
Composition: Denis Clohessy
Costume Design: Sarah Foley
Dramaturgy: Gary Keegan
Producer: Michelle Cahill

Performers: Dr Tom Clonan, Geir Hytten, Lucia Kickham, Julie Koenig, Fernando Balsera Pita

Funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. A co-production with Mermaid Arts Centre and Project Arts Centre. Supported by Dance Ireland and Dance Base Edinburgh. Junk Ensemble are Project Artists at Project Arts Centre.

Photography: Fionn McCann
Videography: Luca Truffarelli

Solder Still Promo from Junk Ensemble on Vimeo.

Cork City Dance Artists in Residence at Firkin Crane

Megan and Jessica Kennedy of Junk Ensemble are delighted to be appointed new Cork City Dance Artists in Residence at Firkin Crane for 2017/2018.


Junk Ensemble is holding an audition on Tuesday 25 April in Dublin, Ireland for their new dance theatre production Soldier Still to premiere in Autumn 2017. Junk Ensemble are seeking one male and one female professional contemporary dancer with a strong overall performance ability.
This is a paid position for an 8-week period of engagement, taking place in Summer/Autumn 2017.
Please send your CV, photograph, and a short online video clip (no longer than 2 minutes) to: info@junkensemble.com

Audition is by invite only. Deadline for applications is Monday 10 April.

Junk December newsletter

Junking good wishes to everyone! Catch up with our latest news and junk's busy year here

Dance Base Edinburgh Residency

Junk Ensemble are currently in residence at Dance Base in Edinburgh, researching their new show Soldier Still, to premiere in Autumn 2017. Megan and Jessica Kennedy are in development in the studio from 5 - 9 December.

Junk will teach company class on Thursday 8 December from 10 - 11:30am and lead an Artists Talk on Friday 9 December at 5pm at Dance Base.  More info 

Sometimes We Break at Modern Art Oxford

Excerpts from Sometimes We Break will be performed at Modern Art Oxford in the UK on Friday 4 November as part of ''Happenings' between 7 - 11pm.

Performers: Carl Harrison, Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy, Tom Lane
Original composition: Tom Lane

Modern Art Oxford performance details

Sometimes We Break was originally commissioned for Tate Britain and performed at Mind Your Step Festival in the Docklands, Dublin.

Artists Talk at Engage Arts Festival

Artistic Directors Jessica and Megan Kennedy were in conversation with visual artist Anne Ffrench at Engage Arts Festival in Bandon, Cork on Sunday 2 October to discuss the cross-over between dance theatre, visual art and installation in performance.

It Folds at Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016

It Folds, a joint production between Junk Ensemble and Brokentalkers, recently completed its run at Summerhall as part of Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2016 to great success.

Read what the press said here

Performance dates: 3 + 4 August (Previews)
5 - 28 August (no shows Monday 8, 15, 22 August)
Times: 1:40pm daily
Location: VENUE 26, Summerhall Main Hall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL

It Folds is supported by Culture Ireland and a co-production with LÓKAL Festival Reykjavík. Junk Ensemble and Brokentalkers are Project Artists, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.

IT FOLDS from Shoot To Kill on Vimeo.

HUGE THANKS to all our Fund-it supporters who helped make it possible to bring It Folds to Edinburgh: 
George Reed, Fearghus O’Conchuir, Maeve McGrath, Shane Byrne, Justine Cooper, Liv O’Donoghue, Tom Lane, Ted Jones, Tadhg Henderson, Caitriona Ni Mhurchu, Carla Rogers, Futoshi Sakauchi, Oonagh Kearney, Stephanie Dickenson, Eleanor Walsh, Kate Heffernan, Zlata Filipovic, Zoe Reardon, Ian Henderson, David Bolger, Dennis Kennedy, Billy O’Toole, Geoffrey Keating, Ingrid Nachstern, Conall O’Duibhir, Steven Hoggett, Susannah Tyrrell, Ryan O’Neill, Kate McSweeney


Bird with Boy UK Tour

Bird with Boy is currently touring the United Kingdom throughout May - July 2016. Bird with Boy originally performed in the basement of Kilmainhaim Gaol for Dublin Fringe Festival 2011 (Winner Best Production) and was re-mounted in a Georgian house in Henrietta Street for Dublin Theatre Festival 2012. We have cast the six young boy dancers locally at each venue.

27 and 28 May: Castle Keep, Newcastle (Dance City) 6pm & 8pm
18 June: The Old Police Station, London 6:30pm & 8:30pm
9 and 10 July: Attenborough Centre, Brighton (South East Dance) 6:30pm & 8:30pm
13 and 14 July: South Hill Park, Bracknell 6pm & 8pm




Creators: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy, Jo Timmins
Performers: Eddie Kay, Lucia Kickham, Tilly Webber
Live Musicians/Composition: Tom Lane, Bryan O'Connell
Visual Design: Valerie Reid
Costume: Emma Downey
Photography: Luca Truffarelli

Produced by CUE in association with Sarah Trist Dance Management Agency
Supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Walking Pale at Embodied (Dublin Dance Festival)

We have just completed performances of Walking Pale as part of GPO: Witness History Commission for Dublin Dance Festival's Embodied - a series of six new dance solos by female choreographers.

Walking Pale is performed by Olwen Fouéré with live music composed by Raymond Scannell. Performed in the 'Lightwell' in the GPO in April 2016, Walking Pale explores failure and rebellion and how the Irish Proclamation has failed the women of Ireland today.

Responding to the 1916 Irish Proclamation and how it resonates today, Embodied is a series of ‘physical proclamations’ by choreographers Sibéal Davitt, Jazmín Chiodi, Jessie Keenan, Junk Ensemble (Jessica Kennedy & Megan Kennedy), Liv O’Donoghue and Emma O’Kane, to be performed in the GPO. The project is directed by choreographer Liz Roche and with a exhibition by Luca Truffarelli.

Performance Dates: Wed 20 April, Thu 21 April, Fri 22 April
Times: 8.00pm, 8.45pm, 9.30pm nightly
Duration: 75 mins approx
Location: The GPO, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1