Junk Ensemble presents Dances Like A Bomb - VISUAL

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art &
The George Bernard Shaw Theatre

Junk Ensemble presents Dances Like A Bomb

A powerful, uplifting duet exploring ageing and care, blending visceral imagery, dance and music.

Thursday 15th February 2024 | 8pm

Admission: €20/€16 Incl Booking Fee

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A powerful, uplifting duet exploring ageing and care, blending visceral imagery, dance and music.

Celebrating the strength of mature bodies and challenging the cult of youth, the show is a reclaiming of the ageing body created by dance-theatre innovators Junk Ensemble.

Featuring acclaimed actor Mikel Murfi and leading dance artist Finola Cronin (formerly of Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal) the performers are heroic, vulnerable, comedic, and completely themselves in the work. They care fiercely for each other and defend their independence. As they hold each other up and push each other down, the 'performance' of age is unpacked as a reminder of ourselves: our worst and our best.

★★★★★ “Triumphant… This is a piece whose beauty and complexity demonstrate exactly why older artists, whatever their discipline, should never be underestimated” – The List

★★★★ “These two people own the stage and have earned the right to be there.” – The Times (London)

★★★★ “A tender piece … outstanding” – The Stage

“Macabre and comical … a delight” – The Guardian

“Real poignancy … compelling” – The Scostman

“Unhinged and brave performance, intoxicating to watch” – Broadway Baby

★★★★ “Dances Like a Bomb is a piece that sits heavy on your chest, almost unaware of its own beauty” – Entertainment Now

“Superb performers… a heartfelt celebration of two people growing old together.” – Michael Seaver, The Irish Times on Dances Like a Bomb

★★★★ ”Junk Ensemble’s superb new dance… a funny, tender dance about ageing” – Substack, Chris McCormack

Junk Ensemble is a multi-award winning Dublin-based dance theatre company founded by twin sisters Megan Kennedy and Jessica Kennedy. The company is committed to engaging diverse audiences through the creation and presentation of brave, imaginative and accessible work that sheds light on important human issues relevant to society today. Current Associate Artists at Project Arts Centre and previous Artists-in-Residence at The Tate, Junk Ensemble 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 work directly with communities in the creation and performance of their work. Their work has toured to New York, Europe, UK & Ireland.

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