Rehearsals begin on Dolores

We have begun rehearsals for our new site work Dolores,  to premiere in Dublin in May 2018. 

Inspired by Vladimir Nabokov’s visual and disturbing novel ‘Lolita’, Dolores is a powerful and uncompromising work finally told by a silenced girl. Dolores gives a voice to the neglected and traumatised child, the candy girl full of hope and the enraged woman full of fire and revenge. Performed by the acclaimed Mikel Murfi and Amanda Coogan, Irish & international dancers and musicians and exquisitely designed as an off-site piece, Dolores digs into the poetry of the novel and exposes the unsettling abuse and tragedy of a young girl through imagery, song, dance and text.
Direction and Choreography: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy
created in collaboration with the cast
Scenography: Valerie Reid
Lighting: Sarah Jane Shiels
Music: Denis Clohessy
Costumes: Sarah Foley
Dramaturgy: Jo Timmins
Performers: Amanda Coogan, Deirdre Griffin, Julie Koenig, Mikel Murfi

Dolores is funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival. Supported by Dublin City Council & Dublin South Central Council, Project Arts Centre, Dance Ireland, Dublin City Council, Dance City Newcastle. Junk Ensemble is a Project Artist at Project Arts Centre and Cork City Dance Artists-in-Residence at Firkin Crane.

Soldier Still at Belfast Festival 2017

Soldier Still will perform at the prestigious Belfast International Arts Festival in association with The MAC on October 17 & 18 at 7:45pm. There will be a post show discussion with Professor Jay Winter after the performance on October 17.
Book tickets here

***** 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 - Promo show from Junk Ensemble on Vimeo.

Soldier Still Wins Best Design Award

We are delighted that Soldier Still has been awarded Best Design Award for Set, Lighting, Sound and Costume at the Dublin Fringe Festival Awards 2017. Congrats to our super talented designers Sabine Dargent, Sarah Jane Shiels, Denis Clohessy and Sarah Foley!

Soldier Still was nominated for Best Production, Best Ensemble and Best Design.

Soldier Still at Dublin Fringe Festival 2017

Read Michael Seaver's Irish Times feature on Soldier Still

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

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

Soldier Still Promo from Junk Ensemble on Vimeo.

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

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.