We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Junk Ensemble are Rua Red’s Dancers in Residence for 2021-2022!
We have long admired Junk Ensembles' work and their ethos of creating ground-breaking, brave work that throws light on important human issues. Like Rua Red, Junk Ensemble shares the same belief in creating work that is deeply relevant to people, creating a space through the arts for reflection and discussion. We are excited about our partnership and new collaborations in the year ahead and in particular in response to the Magdalene Series.
Junk Ensemble was founded in Dublin in 2004 by twin sisters Megan and Jessica Kennedy. Current Project Arts Centre Associate Artists & previous Dance Artists-in-Residence at Firkin Crane and The Tate, Junk Ensemble is a multi-award-winning company that has built a reputation as one of Ireland’s leading voices in dance. Junk Ensemble frequently collaborates with artists from other disciplines to produce a rich mix of visual and performance styles that 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. The company often works directly with communities in the creation and performance of their work. Their work has toured to New York, Europe, and throughout the U.K. and Ireland.
Previous works include The Misunderstanding of Myrrha (Mermaid Arts Centre 2020/Dublin Dance Festival 2021), A Different Wolf (Cork Opera House/Cork Midsummer Festival 2019), The Bystander (Dublin Theatre Festival 2018), Dolores (Dublin Dance Festival 2018), Man at the Door (Number 54 / Cork Midsummer Festival 2018), Soldier Still (National Tour 2018/Belfast Festival/Dublin Fringe 2017), Walking Pale (GPO Witness History Commission/Dublin Dance Festival 2016), It Folds a joint production with Brokentalkers (Edinburgh Festival 2016/Mayfest Bristol 2016/Dublin Fringe, Abbey Theatre 2015), Dusk Ahead (NYC La MaMa Moves Festival 2015/National Tour 2015/Dublin Theatre Festival 2013/Kilkenny Arts Festival 2013), The Falling Song (8-venue UK & National Tour 2014/Belfast Festival 2012/Dublin Dance Festival 2012), Bird with Boy (UK Tour 2016/Dublin Theatre Festival 2012/Dublin Fringe Festival 2011), Sometimes We Break (Tate Commission 2012), Five Ways to Drown (National Tour 2012/Dublin Dance Festival 2010), Pygmalian Revisited (Áix-en-Provence Festival Commission 2010), Drinking Dust (2008), and The Rain Party (2007).