Ireland’s award-winning dance theatre company junk ensemble will make its Jersey debut in March when it brings the highly entertaining, physical, dance theatre production The Falling Song to Jersey Opera House.
Performing on Thursday 20th March, four professional male dancers and a live local children’s choir star in The Falling Song, which features an ingenious set of towering ladders, ropes and hundreds of apples.
This critically acclaimed production, which was presented at the Dublin Dance Festival and the Belfast Festival at Queens in 2012, looks at the nature of flying and falling and the dangerous relationship between the two.
Local children’s choir, Drama Lab, will perform alongside the four dancers (Omar Gordon, Carl Harrison, Eddie Kay, Jesse Kovarsky) and will sing songs composed by junk ensemble’s Denis Clohessy. They will also be accompanied by live percussion performed by George Higgs.
Based in Dublin under the artistic direction of twin choreographers Jessica Kennedy and Megan Kennedy, junk ensemble creates works of dance theatre which spark the imagination of audiences. Jessica said: “The Falling Song explores masculinity and shows us the violence, vulnerability and self-destruction that we all have a bit of inside us. The piece is about falling – falling from grace, falling into and out of love and falling from great heights from the towering ladders in the set. There is also failure in the piece; failed attempts at flying and failed relationships. The performance is highly physical and demonstrates the physical extremes, performed by four male dancers. In contrast, the piece has young children singing songs about these dark themes, showing us the brightness that is contained in all of us.”
Artists in residence at Tate Britain in 2012, junk ensemble have won a number of arts industry awards in Ireland and were listed as a Sunday Times highlight in 2011.
‘junk ensemble has created some of the most impressive contemporary dance in Ireland of recent years’ (The Sunday Times)
junk ensemble’s The Falling Song is showing at Jersey Opera House on Thursday 20th March at 8pm. Tickets are £14-£16, with a school price of £8, and are available from Box Office (01534) 511 115 or www.jerseyoperahouse.co.uk