Megan Kennedy & Jessica Kennedy | Ireland | Workshop

Junk Ensemble Workshop For Professionals

Junk Ensemble has a reputation for creating innovative dance work. Dance and theatre artists are invited to take part in a practical workshop in devising and performance.

The workshop will be led by Junk Ensemble’s Artistic Directors Megan Kennedy and Jessica Kennedy. The class will begin with an energetic and physically inclusive warm-up, and progress into task-based exercises devised in groups and pairs. The movement tasks will be informed by physical attachment and restriction of the body and space, and will rely on a creative devising process. For the latter part of the workshop, the participants will create short group pieces to be performed in specific spaces they have chosen within the building, allowing an opportunity for the specific site to inform the work and the movement.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water.

Artists

Megan Kennedy

Megan Kennedy trained at Alvin Ailey Dance Center in New York City and received a B.A. Honours from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Choreography for live performance includes Villette (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Town is Dead (The Abbey Theatre), Tasting Blue (Bram Stoker, Live Collision, Project Arts Centre Gallery), Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades Opera (Edinburgh Festival Theatre), Bram Stoker Festival (IRL), Marble & Bread (Dance Limerick), eX Choral Ensemble (IRL).

Performance and choreography for film includes Five Letters to the Stranger Who Will Dissect My Brain (Tyrella Films), The Wake (Invisible Thread/Oonagh Kearney), Óiche Nollaig na mBan (RTÉ Television/Oonagh Kearney), Wonder House (Dublin Film Festival), Blind Runner (Junk Ensemble/Dance Ireland), Her Mother’s Daughters (Winner Best Actress Capalbio Festival Italy/Dance on Camera NYC/RTÉ Dance on the Box).

Megan has performed with Loosysmokes Aerial Company (IRL), Retina Dance Company (UK), Brokentalkers (The Blue Boy, On This One Night), CoisCéim Dance Theatre (Faun, As You Are), The Abbey Theatre (Romeo & Juliet), Tanz Lange (Germany), Storytelling Unplugged (Romania), Blast Theory (UK), Firefly Productions (Belgium), Bedrock Productions (Pale Angel) and productions for The Ark and The Pavilion. She was Limerick Dance Artist-in-Residence in 2014-15 and is a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar.

Jessica Kennedy

Jessica trained in the United States, Dublin and London, completing a Bachelors Degree in Dance Performance & English Literature in London and a Photography Diploma at Dun Laoghaire College of Art & Design. She has performed extensively with dance and theatre companies throughout Europe and the UK including Blast Theory (UK) Retina Dance Company (UK), Tanz Lange (Germany), Firefly Productions (Belgium), Storytelling Unplugged (Romania).

In Ireland she collaborates regularly with Brokentalkers (Circus Animals' Desertion, The Blue Boy, Frequency 783, In Real Time, On This One Night) and has performed in productions with The Abbey Theatre, The Ark and The Pavilion Theatre. Jessica co-created the award-winning and internationally acclaimed short film Motion Sickness in 2012, which has screened across 30 festivals worldwide, and has choreographed for and performed in numerous film, theatre and opera work. Other film credits include 6SKIN (Alice Maher & Aideen Barry 2018), Five Letters to the Stranger Who Will Dissect My Brain (Tyrella Films 2018), Oiche Nollaig na mBan (TG4/Oonagh Kearney 2016), The Wake (Invisible Thread Films/Oonagh Kearney 2013), Turning (Highly Stimulating Productions 2013), Dance Emergency (TG4 2013), Wonder House (Oonagh Kearney 2012) and Her Mother’s Daughters (RTÉ 2010).

Other choreographic credits include Scotties (Theatre Gu Leor, Glasgow 2018), Off Kilter (Tron Theatre Glasgow/Ramesh Meyyappan 2017), the creation of Songs from a Car Park (2014) and Nixon in China (Wide Open Opera 2014). Jessica has lectured at various universities and also performs in the band EVERYTHING SHOOK. She was awarded Best Female Performer for Dublin Fringe Festival 2006. Jessica was Dance Artist in Residence at RUA RED Arts Centre 2012-13.

Venue

Town Hall Theatre Studio

Accessibility: While the main theatre is wheelchair accessible, the studio is not.

Parking: There is limited on-street paid parking around the Town Hall Theatre. There is a large Pay and Display car park at the Galway Cathedral at €5 per day and there is also Pay and Display (street parking) at the Black Box Theatre at €2 per hour. Chargeable hours are 08.30-18.30 Monday to Saturday and 13.00-18.30 Sunday. Both are a five minute walk to the Town Hall Theatre.

Public Bus: Galway city bus route 407 stops at Woodquay, which is a 2 minute walk to the Town Hall Theatre.

Walking: The Town Hall Theatre is located in the heart of Galway city and is a 5 minute walk from Eyre Square and a 12 minute walk from the Spanish Arch.