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Firkin Crane_JuneDec17


June –

June – December 2017 1

Curator’s Welcome

Firkin Crane just got more welcoming! inaugural Catch8 workshop series of international
professional dance masterclasses, hosted by Luke
Thanks to funding from Department of Arts, Murphy.This year, Firkin Crane On Tour brings
Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Cork Dx2, a double bill of new works by Dylan Quinn
City Council and Musgraves, we are implementing a Dance Theatre and Laura Murphy & Rob Heaslip to
refurbishment programme of the façade and foyer, Dublin, Ballina, Galway, Cork and Tralee, supporting
Smurfit and Musgrave theatres, which will greatly independent dance to develop audiences across
enhance the audience’s experience, and further Ireland.
open Firkin Crane to its neighbourhood.

Further exciting news is the announcement of Junk We want you to see dance, and our Seeing Double
Ensemble, as Cork City Dance Artists in Residence at initiative does just that, giving audiences a chance
Firkin Crane 2017/2020! to see two great shows together. In September, we
invite you to join us for Radio Hermitage, returning
Continuity of support is vital for sustaining a vibrant with a full premiere after its sneak peek at Cork Jazz
dance sector. Like the proverbial swan, graceful Festival 2016, and Luke Murphy’s new site-specific
above water while paddling furiously below, a dance The Dust We Raised. In November, you can see
performance represents months, sometimes John’s Query from Limerick/New York group Angie
years, of work, and a complex web of partners Smalis, Colin Gee, Mark Carbery, together with
supporting it. Nearly every work featured in this the world premiere of Creation 2018 - Première
season’s programme has utilised the supports and Impression by Nacera Belaza. Bringing Irish dancers
resources Firkin Crane offers as a dance production into her international company, Creation 2018 -
house. Firkin Crane’s Ardán production residencies Première Impression is the culmination of three
have supported 5 works to premiere, while Ceist years work between Ríonach Ní Néill as Galway
research residencies offer resources to incubate Dance Artist in Residence and this world-renowned
new ideas. These exemplify the importance of Firkin Algerian choreographer, and is co-produced by Irish
Crane’s suite of supports for dance artists, often Modern Dance Theatre.
long-term, and our developing network of local,
national and international partnerships. This season also marks the end of Laura Murphy’s
Greek choreographer Zoi Dimitriou first came to tenure as Cork City Dance Artist in Residence at
Firkin Crane to participate in BLANK CANVAS 2015, Firkin Crane, a posiAtionnotwe fhroicmhFsehaerghhaussÓheClodnscihnúcire, Dance Curator:
and came away with the genesis of a new work, 2012. During her 5 years, Laura created new works
which became Peregrinus. Firkin Crane is working for Cork with community and professional dancers,This Autumn and Winter, Firkin Crane presents is full of fresh new work f
with producer, the Onassis Cultural Centre in
Athens, to present the Irish premiere of the work, of the country’s most established and from some of its newest choreogr
through an Ardán production residency. After the
international success of Linger, of which Firkin programmed profeTshessieoasnonaolpternas winithinagpre&miemre.aIts’staedruectlfarosmsLeausra, Murphy and Ro
Crane was a production partner, we continue our and utilised her residency to support other danceHeaslip that excited audiences with its strong dancing and punchy chore
relationship with Breandán de Gallaí’s company
Ériu, and Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, to present a when it previewed at this summer’s Re-Presenting Ireland showcase. Tha
summer run of his new large-scale choreography,
Aon, which will captivate local and visitor artists, including heWtoruanvFdieerkrbrinayrCisrnaunfuecllp. croedusctsiofnurelsAidesnscyo, Ccoirak atuediences will be the first to
audiences alike. Artist programme with Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín and
Helga Deasy, inviting Luke Murphy to share theLurky! Lurky! is a new work by Emma Fitzgerald and Áine Stapleton that
Firkin Crane offers a varied programme of dance
during Cork Midsummer’s Festival, including direct from the Dublin Fringe Festival. The duo are provocative, engagin
performances from Laura Murphy, Cork City Dance
Artist in Residence at Firkin Crane; Sara Hernandez, 2016/17 residency,CaanradnnwedelartestheymeeabrrI.anceqdubyirCyo/rkOaupdeiennceIsnwqheun itrhyey made their first visit t
whose work was supported by Open Inquiry and series providing spTahiscHeallaowneden,mweehanvteoa FrisrkhiniCprafnoe–rproduced show, Dance Spooktac
Ceist residencies; and Tara Brandel, as well as the developing new works. Firkin Crane honours Laura’sbrings the energy and talent of local dance students and enthusiasts to F

Cover Image: Crane’s stage. Expect an evening of fright-filled entertainment for all age
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important Cork dance artist.her own company and from Belfast-based Maiden Voyage. This cross-bo

collaboration is about being in two minds at once and I expect it to be e

In December, there’s an opportunity to see three different takes on the w
three different styles of performing in solos from Oona Doherty, Emma F

Ríonach Ní Néill, Danad SniocbheánCNíuDhruaintnoín.r

Meanwhile, throughout the season there’s an installation by Mairead Vau
Dara O’Brien in the Dance Interactive space. TerrainSkin combines video
and music to bring a moment of beautiful reflection into the heart of the
free to visit whenever the building is open.

As well as bringing you these performances and presentations, Firkin Cra
busy with classes, workshops, and rehearsals of all kinds for all people. Y
find out about what’s available on our new website and if you want to ta
what you’ve seen, don’t forget out Dance Voices blog. You’ll find that on
website too. We look forward to hearing from and seeing you.

Cover image: Luca Truffarelli

Image: Ted Jones

Cork City Dance Artists
in Residence at Firkin
Crane 2017-2020

Following a public call out and successful Arts Council application, with Cork
City Council support, we are proud to welcome Jessica and Megan Kennedy,
Junk Ensemble.

“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.” Jessica and Megan Kennedy June 2017.

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.

June – December 2017 1

MSAEKEE Tara Brandel

Gawky And

Image: Emma Jervis

Sat June 17th In a time of displacement and migration what does it mean
8.00pm to be claimed by Place? I live in the valley I was born in.
€12 full Holder of memories. Witness of change. What remains the
€10 unwaged same? Home. Belonging. Otherness. Cappaghglass is a
€8 early bird visually striking solo show on displacement, otherness and
immigration, and our universal need for home.
(For bookings before June 3rd)
Gawky and Awkward - a short solo that explores one
Online Booking: dancer’s struggle with dyslexia. ‘Whether you see dyslexia as a disability or not, it affects your daily life, and you have to get to
Box Office: a place of excepting it for its foibles, what it gives you, and what
021 4507487 it takes away. In that way it is so like Love’ – Caroline Bowditch

Handling fees may apply. Tara Brandel is an Irish choreographer, whose work has
been shown across Ireland, Europe, the US and Australia.
2 Most recently she performed her solo Gawky and
Awkward at the San Francisco International Arts Festival,
was nominated as part of Best Performance Ensemble at
Dublin Fringe 2015, and has been commissioned by the
DCAF festival in Cairo to make an integrated dance piece
for their festival.

“viscerally beautiful and moving”
Gawky and Awkward, San Francisco International Arts Festival

June – December 2017

Samskaras SSEEEE

Sara Hernandez
& Helga Deasy in
association with
Firkin Crane


Image: David Crowley
GRANARY THEATRE NE • MADE I “Every action we carry out, every experience we undergo, insofar
Sat June 24th – N FIRKIN CRA as it impacts upon the emotions leaves a trace in the mind. The
6.00pm stronger the emotion the deeper the mark that it leaves”
Sun June 25th – - Babuji Maharaj
1.00pm & 6.00pm
€15 full Samskaras investigates the Hindu concept of Impressions
€12 concession – or Samskaras – and the effect of impressions on the
mind, the perception of sensation on the body, exploring
N FIRKIN CRA feelings and images through a journey across India.  With
musical arrangements by Dara O’Brien, design by David
Tickets available from Crowley Design and costumes by Aoife Nolan Designer (@aoifesateller). Samskaras was developed in partnership
between the Cork Mid-Summer Festival and the Firkin
Crane Dance Centre.

Catalan Sara Hernandez studied classical dance in
Barcelona’s Institut del Teatre, and toured Europe and
Israel as a performer before settling in Cork, where she has
collaborated with Inma Pavon and Helga Deasy.

Samskaras is part of a double bill with contemporary circus
Maleta Company.

MADE IN FIRKIN CRANE supported by a Ceist research residency.

June – December 2017 3


Peregrinus Zoi Dimitriou


Image: Stavros Habakis
Thurs July 20th – What if the starting point for a journey is refusal? Walking defines a
Sat July 22nd direction but the end point is never achieved.What if the contemporary
6pm & 8pm invitation is not to leave your bed and walk but to pick up your bed and
Sun July 24th walk? To take with us in our mobility an anomalous stillness; and to walk
1pm & 3pm alongside our supine, horizontal and impulsive selves. Each new step a
€14 full fall or a stumble, caught up, recovering, in dance.
€12 unwaged
€10 early bird Peregrinus means a foreigner, a stranger, someone on a journey, or
a temporary resident.The award-winning Greek choreographer Zoi
(For bookings before July 6th) Dimitriou presents a performance-installation that starts out with a
van heading into the unknown with audience aboard.
Plus post–show
discussion TBC Zoi Dimitriou’s choreographic works have garnered her the Robin
Howard Foundation Award, the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund
This show is N FIRKIN CRANE • MADE I Award, the CfC Choreography for Children Award and participation
site specific in the European network Aerowaves. She has received numerous
so numbers N FIRKIN CRA commissions including from the Greek National Ballet Company,
are limited. Sadler’s Wells, Company of Angels,The Place, Dancedigital
among others, and is currently a Research Fellow at Trinity Laban
Online Booking: Conservatoire for Music and Dance. The Creation is Produced in Athens by: Onassis Cultural Centre
Athens/Fast Forward Festival
Box Office: Support for the presentation at Firkin Crane: Onassis Cultural Centre
021 4507487 Made In Incubated in a BLANK CANVAS Residency at Firkin Crane
Presented in Ireland in Association with Firkin Crane
MADE IN FIRKIN CRANE supported by an Ardán production residency.
Handling fees may apply.
June – December 2017


Éiru Dance

Image: Declan English

From Who am I? The me I let you see?
Tues July 25th – Former Riverdance principal dancer Breandán de Gallaí and his
Thurs August 3rd stellar cast of Irish dancers bring you a show about the modern
€22.50 digital age of uploaded personal profiles more in line with who we
Plus post–show think we should be rather than who we really are. Aon spins an
discussion on intriguing narrative delivered through dramatic Irish dance with a
opening night modern twist, and performed to a wonderful, but all too familiar,
soundtrack. Aon encourages us to throw off our masks, to shed
Online Booking: our armour, and to join in a dance of liberation.
Box Office: Established in 2010, Ériu Dance Company heralds a new era for
021 4507487 Irish dance. Breandán de Gallaí and his company have produced
several works to international acclaim, including nominations
Handling fees may apply. for the New York Drama Desk awards, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Awards and Allianz Business to Arts Awards. Aon marks Ériu’s
return to the Firkin Crane after 2016’s acclaimed Lïnger.

“De Gallaí is pushing and playing with his inherited language
in ways I’ve never seen before in Irish dance, and in the process
exposing aspects of himself and his dance career with a seriousness
that feels both tender and brave.”
Judith Mackrell,The Guardian, on Lïnger at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2016

MADE IN FIRKIN CRANE supported by an Ardán production
residency. Co-production with Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair.

June – December 2017 5


Seeing Double

Dust We

Luke Murphy/
Attic Projects
SCULPTURE Image: Emily Terndrup
FACTORY NE • MADE I It’s revolutionary! We’ll alter mosquitoes to eliminate malaria,
Thurs September 7th – N FIRKIN CRA we’ll cure cancer, we’ll guarantee your child will be blonde. In
Sat September 9th this brand new work, which takes over the National Sculpture
9.30pm Factory, award-winning international choreographer and Cork
€14 full native Luke Murphy examines both our giant leaps forward
€12 unwaged and the backs we stepped on to get there. Quiet yet furious,
€10 early bird sharp yet blunt, full of contradictions but starkly exposed, The
(For bookings before August 24th) Dust We Raised invites the audience into a haunting world
of sound, film, dance and theatre in which three lost souls
N FIRKIN CRA wade through the fog, maybe searching for answers, maybe
escaping questions.
Made In Originally from Cork, Luke is one of Ireland’s most prolific and
successful performers in contemporary dance, performing
FJIRoKiInNtCTRiAcNkEet with with acclaimed international companies including: Ultima Vez
Radio Hermitage (Belgium), Martha Clarke (New York), and Punchdrunk’s hit shows
Preview Friday 8th: in New York, London and Shanghai. With his unique blend of
€32 full / €28 Unwaged / €24 Early Bird unexpected theatre, explosive dance and rich visual worlds.
(For bookings before August 24th)
Premiere Saturday 9th: “Murphy’s fierce, fine solo is full of that hapless schism
€34 full / €30 Unwaged / €26 Early Bird between past and present and though there’s humour in what
(For bookings before August 24th) he shows, there’s an ache too, in being your own man. ****”
The Herald, Scotland, August, 2016
May contain strong language, some graphic imagery and flashing lights

MADE IN FIRKIN CRANE supported by an Ardán production residency.

June – December 2017


Radio Ksenia
Hermitage Parkhatskaya


Image: Nuria Aguade
Fri September 8th NE • MADE I “To us, life with its rhythms and cycles is dance, and
Preview 8.00pm N FIRKIN CRA dance is life” - A.M Opoku
€20 full
€18 unwaged Created by David Duffy and Ksenia Parkhatskaya, Radio
€16 early bird Hermitage is a one woman show with a live jazz quartet
(For bookings before August 24th) that combines dance and theatre in a unique new
Sat September 9th setting. The culmination of 6 years research, the show
Premeire 8.00pm intertwines a history of jazz dance with the personal
€22 full story of a Russian girl escaping a tragic moment in her
€20 unwaged life through a radio station. It is here she discovers jazz
€18 early bird and embodies its many faces. Traveling the milestones of
(For bookings before August 24th) Jazz from its roots to Bebop, through Charleston, Blues
and Swing, she reveals the timeless power, depth and raw
N FIRKIN CRA energy of African American dance and music.

SEEING DOUBLE A hit of the 2016 Cork Jazz Festival!
Joint Ticket with
The Dust We Raised Graceful, eccentric, and full of character, Ksenia is one
of the most interesting and versatile artists in the dance
Preview Friday 8th: world today. Since her arrival on the jazz scene in 2010,
€32Mfuadlle/In€28 Unwaged / €24 Early Bird her energy and style has quickly led her to becoming an
international star and the most viewed Charleston dancer
FIRKIN CRANE on the Internet.

(For bookings before August 24th) MADE IN FIRKIN CRANE supported by an Ardán production
residency. Kindly supported by a Cork City Council Project Award.
Premiere Saturday 9th:
€34 full / €30 Unwaged / €26 Early Bird
(For bookings before August 24th)

June – December 2017 7

SEE Angie Smalis
& Colin Gee
Image: Ethan Levitas & Alina O’Shaughnessy
a dance
for video

Dance for Video Lenore is based on a poem of the same title written in
Exhibition 1774 by Gottfried Bürger. While the poem tells a Death
Thurs November 2nd and the Maiden tale, this dance for video work interprets
through to that theme as the individual’s struggle against change, by
Tues November 28th looking at how expectations are associated with everyday
Monday – Fridays objects. The work draws from the 17th century Dutch still
11.00am – 4.00pm life pictorial tradition of “Vanitas” - each object proposes
Free a future by representing something Lenore longs for and
feels due, however unlikely.

Lenore was created and performed by Angie Smalis
and Colin Gee, with music by Jennifer Walshe. It screens
throughout November and accompanies their live
performance of John’s Query on November 25th
(see page 10)

“We were gifted a moment here, in the artificial light, a
chance to colour in the outlines. We were given a portrayal
of something ineffable, enacted but then taken away”
Theatre of Noise on Lenore, 2016

Funded by the Arts Council under the Dance Project Award.

8 June – December 2017


Dx2 :Firkin Crane on Tour

You and Me,
and You

Dylan Quinn Dance Image: Luca Trufarelli
Theatre/Rob Heaslip
and Laura Murphy

Image: Sid Scott

NE • MADE ISat November 18thNE • MADE INow in its second year, Firkin Crane on Tour presents exciting
8.00pm N FIRKIN CRA and new independent dance to audiences across Ireland.
€14 full
€12 unwaged In TOST, Enniskillen-based choreographer Dylan Quinn
€10 early bird collaborates with German dance artist Jenny Ecke, renowned
Irish artist Paddy McCann, and UK composer and vocal artist
(For bookings before November 4th) Andy Garbi, to explore the space between two noises, two
happenings, two places, two people. With hundreds and
Plus post–show thousands of people trapped in the space of nothingness,
discussion having being forced from one place but locked out of
another, TOST is a piece of its time. TOST, which means
N FIRKIN CRA silence, questions the empty void between, where the
screams of anguish are as deafening as the silence of action.
Online Booking: In You and Me, and You, Laura Murphy and Rob Heaslip
Box Office: rekindle the fire in their performance through a series of
02M1ad4e 5In 07487 misfires and misadventures, eventually discovering that
persistence is the only inspiration they need. In an intimate
FIRKIN CRANE setting, they invite you to become a witness as they search
to redefine their existing relationship by opening up to
Handling fees may apply. everything that can be right or wrong. The duet unfolds
- sometimes playful, sometimes pushing beyond into
moments of aggression – but maintaining a closeness of
contact throughout.

Dx2 is a Firkin Crane on Tour production, performing in Project
Arts Centre, Ballina Arts Centre, Town Hall Theatre, Firkin
Crane, and Siamsa Tíre.

June – December 2017 9

SEE Image: Angie Pappas Constable

Seeing Double


Angie Smalis

Sat November 25th Angie Smalis, Mark Carberry, and Colin Gee, perform
7.30pm personae based on historical figures, all of whom inhabited
€10 full St. John’s Square, Limerick, between 1700 and 1950. This
€8 unwaged anachronistic framing of communal life seeks a new
€6 early bird understanding of what public life means in the context of
twenty-first century connectivity and interdependence. As
(For bookings before November 11th) the lives of the characters intertwine in a farcical narrative,
the question is posed: Will people always betray others for
SEEING DOUBLE the sake of their own interests?
Joint Ticket with
Creation 2018/L’Infime Ultimately, John’s Query is about pursuit of (and sympathy
€20 full / €18 Unwaged / €16 Early Bird for) the perspective from which the other can be
understood, through humour, grace, longing, and
(For bookings before November 11th) melancholy. It also proposes a path for a return to narrative
in dance, and addresses an opportunity to engage with a
Online Booking: new kind of storytelling within dance.
Box Office: Limerick-based Greek dance artist Angie Smalis (Daghdha
021 4507487 Dance Company, Volk Oper Wien), and American Colin
Gee (Cirque du Soleil, 2012 Rome Prize recipient, founding
Handling fees may apply. Whitney Live artist-in residence at the Whitney Museum),
have collaborated on performance and film since 2007.
John’s Query brings them together with Irish community
dance artist and improviser, Mark Carberry.

Funded by the Arts Council under the Dance Project Award.

10 June – December 2017

Creation SSEEEE

Compagnie Nacera

2018 –
Première Image: Compagnie Nacera Belaza

Sat November 25th Nacera Belaza’s singular vision, an approach to
8.00pm choreography as an acute sensibility of movement
€14 full originating in emptiness, has brought the self-taught
€12 unwaged Algerian dance artist global recognition. She was awarded
€10 early bird the title of Chevalier des Ordes det Arts et Lettres for
her services to dance in 2015, and in 2017 her company
(For bookings before November 11th) was recognised as a French Ministry of Culture ‘national
company with international reach’.
Joint Ticket with In this international co-production with Ríonach Ní Néill/
John’s Query Galway Dance Days and Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Irish
€20 full / €18 Unwaged / €16 Early Bird dancers join Nacera’s company in a new ensemble work –
a dialogue between rituals, sacred dances and writing, in
(For bookings before November 11th) search of a sacred memory in the body.

Online Booking: “ How to be anchored in the most singular being and open infinitely to the other, to the world ?” In her new
Box Office: solo, Creation 2018 - Première Impression, also an Irish
021 4507487 premiere, Nacera Belaza explores a new and perilous
space – the individual, alone on stage.
Handling fees may apply.

June – December 2017 11


Step Up Image: Lucy Dawson
Project 2017

Step Up: Dance Project is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Fri September 1st
Dance Ireland, the Irish World Academy at the University of 6.00pm
Limerick and the Arts Council, which bridges the gap between FREE but
dance education and professional contemporary dance practice pre-booking
in Ireland. This year the 6 successful applicants work with is required
Choreographer and Dance Artist Gary Clarke (UK) on the creation

and performance of a new dance piece culminating in performances

in Dance Limerick, Firkin Crane, Cork and DanceHouse, Dublin. Online Booking:
Now in its 7th year, Step Up aims to enhance the dancers’

professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary Box Office:

dance community, thereby improving their professional 021 4507487

opportunities in Ireland. The programme includes different elements

carefully devised to help dance artists to progress and grow in

their practice including learning and performing, entrepreneurship,

creation and personal development.

FC DC If you are a boy who likes moving and making,
join FC/DC – Firkin Crane’s Dance Club for boys!
Develop your movement and dance skills. Learn
how to improvise and partner. Create and

perform your own dances. Learn from the best!

Firkin Crane Boys Dance Club FC/DC is led by Maria Svensson, a professional
choreographer, performer and teacher. The
Every Thursday during term time guest teacher faculty includes professional
4.30pm – 6.00pm • €3 per class male dancers from Firkin Crane’s performance
For boys aged 8 – 12 programme. No previous experience is required.

N FIRKIN CRANE • MADE I Get in touch with us on 021 4507487 or contact
Andrea at to sign up.
Image: Clare Keogh
N FIRKIN CRA Maria Svensson has a long experience and
interest in Steiner education, and has taught
Made In dance extensively in Sweden and Ireland.
Currently dance artist in residence in An Lab,
FIRKIN CRANE Dingle, she is artistic director of the annual
solo dance festival “Going Solo Together” in her
hometown Örebro (SE). For the first time, it will
take place in Ireland in 2017 with local, national
and international artists. Also in 2017, Maria is
creating new exciting work together with Cork-
born dance artist Cathy Walsh.

12 June – December 2017


Luke Murphy/

Catch8 Workshop AtticProjects
Series Sat June 17th – Sat June 24th

9.30am – 4.30pm
€230 full series • €30 per day

Images: Luca Truffereli/Danny Willems A new initiative by Attic Projects in collaboration with
Cork Midsummer Festival and hosted by Firkin Crane,
Catch8 invites an intimate group of professionals to
Cork for eight days of training, creativity and sharing,
opening new opportunities in training and development
for the Irish dance community and introducing
international dancers to a host of Irish work.

Teaching Faculty: Maxine Doyle, Jose Agudo, Isael
Mata, Moritz Ostruschnjakv, James Finnemore, Luke
Murphy, Maria Nilsson Waller, Emma Martin, Alexandre
Iseli and Jack Webb.

Suitable for dance professional and advanced

Professional Class at Firkin Crane

September to December

Contemporary Dance Technique for
professional, semi-professional and
advanced level dance students.
(Medium to fast paced)
Tuesdays 10.00am – 11.30pm (€5)

Alternating between Ashtanga Yoga /
Ballet for Contemporary Dancers (Open level)
Thursdays 10.00am – 11.30am (€5)

Professional training is programmed by Please see
Cork’s Dance Artist in Residence, and co- professional-classes/ for a full list of teachers/
ordinated by the Dance Administrator at dates/class details.
Firkin Crane.

Classes run from September to June

June – December 2017 13

Cork City DanceMAKE SEE
Artists in Residence
at Firkin Crane
Laura Murphy
and Luke Murphy, Image: Clare Keogh Image: Hope Davis
and associate
artist Siobhán
Ní Dhuinnín.

Laura Murphy and Luke Murphy bring their tenures as Cork City Dance Artist in Residence
at Firkin Crane to a close with a series of exciting events designed to promote dance in the
professional and in the wider community, which include professional workshops, public
discussions and two new performance works. Cork City Dance Artist in Residence at Firkin
Crane 2016 – 2017 is supported by the Arts Council, Cork City Council and Firkin Crane.

Yellow – Work-in-progress showing at Cork Midsummers Festival, 22 June 5pm & 7pm,
The Granary, Free but ticketed.

Yellow is a contemporary work for two dancers and two musicians. Choreographed
by Laura Murphy and composed by Michael Gallen, Yellow is a single ‘score’ created
for dance and music. The four performers dance and play to the same score, offering
their own interpretations. As they do, the two art forms merge, yielding in harmony,
repetition and asymmetry. The audience is invited to look and listen to Yellow up close.
You will be given wearable art works on arrival created by visual artist Rhona Byrne so
that everyone in the room is dressed in and for Yellow.

Iris – Sunday 7th January 2018, location & time TBA

Come for a walk. Luke Murphy invites an intimate audience on a journey of watching,
searching, seeing and maybe breaking and entering. Ever striving to change how we think
about watching dance, the entire North Side of Cork is the canvas for a new installation
performance where Luke plays with distance, perspective and the unknown.

Inspired by the story of Romulus and Remus Iris weaves a web of dance, theatre and film
promising to bring the audience on an unexpected journey.

14 June – December 2017


‘Crossing the Stage’ and Other Scores,

a workshop with Matteo Fargion, hosted by Laura
Wednesday 9th - Friday 11th August 2018, 10am -5pm | €100 full

A composition workshop focusing on what happens when
ideas and techniques which come primarily from music are
translated into movement. The sessions will consist of short
task-based exercises, often using extreme reduction of
possibilities to stimulate the imagination. Questions about
how to find material, how to keep something going, what
makes a strong or a weak change and other compositional
‘problems’ will be discussed.

Composer, performer and teacher, Matteo Fargion has
gained world-renown, and a Bessie Award, for his works
with long-term collaborator Jonathan Burrows, and has
worked closely with Siobhan Davies, writing music for and
performing in some of her most significant recent work.
He is a long-time visiting member of faculty at P.A.R.T.S, the
school of Anne Teresa De Keesrmaeker in Brussels, and has
composed an extensive body of music for theatre.

Suitable for performers and makers in any field.

Working in the World: Site Specific, Promenade and Immersive Formats for
Contemporary Dance
Sunday 7th January 2018, location & time TBA

Luke Murphy and Laura Murphy lead a public discussion and Q&A session revolving
around their shared practice in creating site specific works over the 2016-2017 DAIR
Programme. Both artists will reflect upon both the challenges and possibilities when
working in unconventional spaces, and the nature of striving for innovative approaches
to disseminate contemporary dance through alternative platforms.

Cork City Dance Artist in Residence at Firkin Crane 2016 – 2017 is supported by the Arts
Council, Cork City Council and Firkin Crane.

For further information on the residency:

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Image: Stavros HabakisMAKE


Firkin Crane provides support
for dance making, at all stages
from conception to performance.
It offers a suite of residencies
for dance artists to engage
in research, experimentation,
creation and production.

ARDÁN Production residencies

offer Firkin Crane’s technical resources and studio space to dance artists to
produce and premiere new works in our theatre. Five dance artists/companies
are in residence between June and December 2017:

Zoi Dimitriou - Peregrinus
Peregrinus was originally conceived by Zoi in Firkin Crane’s 2015 BLANK CANVAS
residency. Produced by the Onassis Cultural Centre, the work is supported by a Firkin
Crane production residency leading to its Irish premiere.

Ériu - Aon
Aon continues Firkin Crane’s creative partnership with Breandán de Gallaí and Eriú, and is
co-produced with Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair.
Ksenia Parkatskaya - Radio Hermitage
Following its sneak preview in Cork Jazz Festival 2016, Radio Hermitage has been
developed to a full production with an Ardán production residency.
Luke Murphy/Attic Projects - The Dust We Raised
Luke’s new site-specific work has been developed during Attic Project’s tenure as Firkin
Crane Company in Residence.
Mary Nugent - ‘Aweeee....Is There Wheely a Difference?’
This is the first full length work by Cork choreographer Mary Nugent, well known for
her performance work with Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company. Originally developed
through a BLANK CANVAS 2016 residency, the work will premiere through an Ardán
production residency in Spring 2018.

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MAKEImage: Mairead Vaughan

CEIST Research Residencies

provide studio space for dance artists to engage in research and development,
and to test out new ideas.

Mairéad Vaughan - Generating Art
Mairéad Vaughan is a choreographer, dance artist, researcher and teacher, and has an
Arts Practice PhD from IWAMD. She has choreographed a body of multi-disciplinary work
ranging from screendance, live sound, site-specific and installation performance

Mairéad’s residency
project, ‘Generating
Art’, examines how a
psychosomatic movement
and choreographic
practice-based method
called ‘Generating
Awareness’, can support
artists interested in working
with a more embodied
approach. This practice
is designed to prepare
artists from any medium
to attune somatically,
physically, kinaesthetically
and energetically to enter
into an authentic state from
which to generate art.

Nick Bryson
Nick Bryson is currently dance artist in residence at Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray. During his
research residency, Nick was developing ideas for a dance work with Italian dance artist
Elena Giannotti, as part of the EU ‘Pivot’ initiative that brings together choreographers
and producers. Elena’s work is entitled ‘Floating House’ and is about how we are when we

Sara Hernandez - Samskara
Samskara was originally developed through an Open Inquiry residency, as part of Laura
Murphy’s 2015/16 Cork Dance Artist in Residence at Firkin Crane programme, and further
developed in an 2017 Inquiry Residency, premiering at Cork Midsummers Festival 2017.

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Based in Firkin Crane

Cork City Ballet has been based at Firkin Crane since 1992, Image: Ankie Janssen
where it rehearses its stage productions, and provides ballet
class for 14 years plus, Beginners – Intermediate. Image: Emma Jervis

CCB promotes and encourages the ethos that ballet is for
everyone. This is achieved by its diversity of programming, which
includes not just the well-loved classics, but also modern and
contemporary choreography, including works specially created
for the company by the Artistic Director of the Company - Alan
Foley, former dancer with Irish National Ballet - Patricia Crosbie,
and Bolshoi-trained dancer and choreographer Yury Demakov.

Cork Youth Ballet Company was founded in 2015 by Sinead
Murphy, Director Cork School of Dance, and is based at Firkin Crane.
CYBC provides opportunities for young Cork dancers to train as
a company, producing creative and dynamic new dance works.
Company members work with local dance professionals as well as
internationally recognised teachers, choreographers and dance
artists. While performance and production is the primary aim, the
dancers in the company are trained classically and in alternative
dance styles that challenge them and give them opportunities to
develop their own creativity. This training supplements the dancers’
work in their private dance schools, while committing to developing
and subsequently maintaining high artistic qualities and standards,
through focusing on the dancer’s individual potential.

The company of 19 dancers is drawn from Colaiste Stiofáin Naofa
Dance Course, Ballet Theatre Ireland, Cork School of Dance, Lucy
French School of Dance, UCC, and the Wolfe Stage School. With
ongoing support from Firkin Crane the company rehearses every
Wednesday night.

Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company is a professional
contemporary dance company, which performs work that includes
both disabled and non-disabled dancers, and provides integrated
dance education programmes. Firkin Crane is the Cork City home
for the company.

Upcoming projects:

Contact Improv as Resistance & CoExistance July 3rd – 7th
Weeklong wheelchair accessible Contact Improvisation workshop
at Ponderosa, Germany with Tara Brandel and Kathleen Hermesdof.
More information: www.ponderosa-dance-de

Remote November 2nd – 5th
San Francisco performance of Remote by Jess Curtis
More information:

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Based in Firkin Crane

A Chance to Dance for Groups and Schools at the Firkin Crane

The Chance to Dance Programme for Groups and Schools has been running very successfully at the Firkin
Crane since 2009. Many dance styles are offered, at very affordable rates, including Hip–Hop, Modern,
Ballet, Freestyle, Swing Dance, Contemporary and more. Dance workshops connected to the performance
programme are also on offer, taught by company dancers.

Classes can be tailored to any age group, child to adult, and to all levels of experience and ability. Firkin Crane has
an inclusive dance ethos, with considerable experience in facilitating different physical and intellectual needs.

Classes can be offered as once-off tasters, or on a weekly basis.
The cost of a one hour class is only €3 per person for groups of 20 or more. The cost for numbers less
than 20 can be negotiated. Several schools have used the programme as part of their school tours to the
Shandon Area.

We will provide both a fully equipped dance studio and a professional dance teacher for all classes.
If you would like more information please contact us at (021) 4507487 or email

Please note the Firkin Crane is a wheelchair accessible building.

Remedy Massage

Wed to Fri 10am to 8pm, Saturday by arrangement
Mobile service also available in Cork City area

Remedy Massage welcomes members of the public and dancers
alike, in a professional and friendly environment, addressing pain
management, unresolved aches and pains, muscle release and deep
relaxation. Suitable for acute and chronic pain and general wellness.
Our experienced therapist is a certified sports injury therapist and
a qualified neuromuscular physical therapist, and proficient in both
therapeutic and advanced remedial massage.

Contact Stas Bernasinski - 086 0606376

Preferential rates are available for residents
and companies using the Firkin Crane.

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Classes at Firkin Crane

Image: Clare Keogh

Cork School of Dance Cork City Ballet

The school operates on a termly Wednesday Night Adult Ballet Open
basis with 2 terms per year: Classes at Firkin Crane
August to January and 14 years plus, Beginners -
January to May. Intermediate
From 3 years to advanced level
There are two classes on Wednesday night,
Cork School of Dance offers a progressive taught by staff members of Cork City Ballet.
curriculum in ballet, modern, jazz and
contemporary dance for students from 3 6.00pm - 7.15pm: Absolute Beginners Ballet. €75
years in a caring safe environment under the for a course of 6 consecutive classes or €15
direction of principal and artistic director, drop in: This class is for the absolute beginner
Sinead Murphy. At Cork School of Dance, in ballet. It focuses on the rudiments of ballet;
dance is taught with a sense of fun and barre work, port de bras and posture whilst also
enjoyment while encouraging every pupil focusing on improving co-ordination, balance,
to realise their full potential. Our students flexibility and strength. It is also for those who
are encouraged to believe in themselves may have done ballet classes as a child and wish
and whatever aspirations and dreams to return at a beginners pace.
they may have. We aim to build confidence
and creativity and to instil positive values No experience necessary.
and life skills. Students are encouraged to
participate in school events, our acclaimed 7.15pm - 8.30pm: Beginners and Improvers
shows and they are also prepared for dance Adult Ballet. €75 for a course of 6 consecutive
exams. classes or €15 drop in: This class focuses on the
Improver who has been coming to Beginners
Contact: Sinead Murphy class for some time. It is also for those who may
Telephone: 086 4670822 not have been to ballet for a while, but have all
Email: the basic rudiments and elements.

Some experience necessary.

Contact: see adverts in late August/early

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Classes at Firkin Crane

Image: Sebastian Schnieder

The Performers Academy Cork Dance Company

From 3 yrs – 20 yrs From 3 yrs - 24 yrs
Beginner - Advanced
The Performers Academy is one of Cork’s
premier performing arts schools. With a Aruba Coghlan started dancing at four
strong emphasis on drama and musical years old and she continues to dance and
theatre, the school was founded by former teach dance to this day. In the sixties she
West End performer, Irene Warren FLCM organised the first R.A.D Exams in Cork and
LLCM ALCM TD in 2007. formed the Cork Dance Company in 1966.

The students perform in many productions She was appointed a Dance Examiner for the
throughout the year, with many students International Dance Teachers Association
performing in ‘The Opera House’ panto in 1994. She is a Life Member of the Royal
productions. The students participate in Feis Academy of Dancing and The Imperial Society
Maitiu and take drama exams with LAMDA. and a Registered Teacher at Trinity College
The students all perform in our summer London and The Royal Irish Academy. Ms
production at the ‘Cork Opera House’. Coghlan frequently examines in England and
abroad and holds master classes, teacher
The school holds classes in Musical Theatre, training, and private lessons in all branches
Singing and Drama under the helm of artistic of dance.
director Irene Warren and Director of Dance,
Dane O’Sullivan. Ms Coghlan holds Saturday classes at Firkin
Crane including Professional Ballet, Senior
The Performers Academy has thrived on its Tap Troupe, Aruba’s Ballet Tots, Junior Tap
ethos of nurturing all talents in a fun and Class, Junior Ballet Class and Ballet Middle
professional way. Corps de Ballet.

Irene Warren hosts the highly popular New pupils are welcome.
and reknowned 2 week ‘Theatrix Summer
School’ in the Firkin Crane in July with a host Contact: Aruba Coghlan - 087 2912079
of professional teachers from Cork and the Email:
West End

Contact: Irene Warren
Telephone: 087 6309804

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Classes at Firkin Crane

Image: Iga S
Image: Maria Sinneker

Pole Fitness Cork Dance Theatre Project Cork

Tuesdays at 8pm, Thursdays at Contemporary Dance Class is open
6.30pm and 7.40pm, Saturdays at 11am to all, age 16+, Beginners
(duration ~1 hour) and Improvers
Thursdays 6:45-7:45pm
From 16+ years.
All levels advanced level Discover new ways to move and express
yourself. Prepare mind and body for a wide
Classes are designed to increase your strength, range of movement possibilities. Increase
endurance, coordination and flexibility by your awareness, balance, strength, and
learning pole dance technique in a fluid, graceful flexibility in a joyful way! Learn and devise
and controlled manner whilst also doing various short choreographies with self-expression
conditioning exercises throughout the classes. and creative choice being key. Get a taste
of balance, fall & recovery, floorwork and
Particular attention is paid to gaining a strong contact improvisation. Dance to your hearts
core and correct posture which will help to build delight in this confidence boosting class!
a well-equipped foundation that is required for
more advanced movements later. About the Teacher: Maria is from Berlin,
Germany and facilitates dance and drama
P​ ole Fitness is open to everyone and anyone classes for adults, teens and children
can join the class despite their fitness level or with Dance Theatre Project Cork. Her
previous experience, however, that experience is background is in modern expressive dance,
not required and complete beginners are always contemporary dance and dance theatre.
welcome. Age restriction is from 16+ years.
Contact: Maria Sinnecker
Contact: Anna / Jenny / Robyn Telephone: 086 877 6230
Telephone: 085 8196145 / 086 0532266 / 083 Email:
Email: www.

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Classes at Firkin Crane

Image: Dave Hegarty FIRKIN CRANE


Tribal Fusion Dance 4 DANCE STUDIOS
Teenagers up, class mainly adults. VARIOUS
For complete beginners and those with PERFORMANCE SPACES
dance experience, MEN & WOMEN welcomed
Suitable for:
Tuesdays 8 – 9.15pm: Regular ongoing • dance classes
class/ Drop in or pay for 8 weeks • theatre performances
Thursdays 7.30 – 8.45pm: Currently a • cinema screenings
flexible class but may become regular • concerts
• poetry readings
Dance with a new vibration! • art exhibitions
• conferences
Dynamic Fusion offers a range of movement • wedding parties
forms. Class includes technical movements, • photo shoots
choreography, improvisation, creativity and
self-expression amongst other things. and much more.

Prepared to be challenged physically, HIRE FEES TO SUIT
mentally and soulfully. This class is rich ALL BUDGETS
in many various Dance and Movement
Practices. There will be something new and Contact: +353 21 4507487
challenging for each individual. or

Macha Shewolf aka Kasheba is a Performance
Artist, Circus, Acrobatics and Tribal Fusion
Bellydancer to name a few. Macha trains
internationally to upskill her knowledge in
movement on an ongoing basis.

Macha also has ongoing Contact
Improvisation Meetup running, email to get

Contact: Macha

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“Loan decisions

made locally.

Deal with people

who know you.”

44/46, Shandon Street, Cork

Tel: 021 4309163 | Email:


We provide expert Irene Warren
tuition in all disciplines
of Theatre Performance. Artistic Director
Classes in musical theatre
performance, modern dance, FLCM LLCM ALCM TD
hip hop, singing, speech
and drama for theatre Dane
and TV. Specialists
in certified examinations Director of Dance
in speech and drama and
Find us online!
musical theatre.


4520921200for bookings call Enjoy Spectacular Views
today of Cork& Play the famous

+353 21 452 9200 Bells of Shandon
@maldroncork Open 7 days
Maldron Hotel Cork or Grain & Grill Restaurant
Admission Charge to Tower | 021 4505906


Excellent contemporary dining options
available at Maldron Hotel Cork.
• Gourmet set menu & A la Carte options

available in Grain & Grill Restaurant
• Bar food menu & light bites in

Bells Bar
• Opening from 12.00 noon to 9.30pm

in Bells Bar & 6.00pm to 9.00pm in
Grain & Grill restaurant daily

Principal & Artistic Director: CORK SCHOOL OF DANCE
Sinéad Murphy F.I.S.T.D EXAMINER, RADTC, ALCM offers a progressive

curriculum in ballet, modern,
jazz and contemporary dance
for students from 3 years in a
caring safe environment under
the direction of Principal and
Artistic Director, Sinéad Murphy.


Firkin Crane, Shandon, Cork

T: 086 4670822

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