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A highly visual live performance installation from multi-award-winning dance innovators Junk Ensemble in collaboration with acclaimed visual artists Aideen Barry, Jesse Jones & Olwen Fouéré.

Also featuring music artist Planningtorock, composer Irene Buckley, precussionist Caitríona Frost and designers Sarah Jane Shiels and Katie Davenport, Junk Ensemble offers an immersive new spectacle for audiences.

Led by dancers and musicians, audiences moved promenade-style through the atmospheric Marina Market warehouse and experience a collision of artists’ responses, interrogations, and radical celebrations of the witch as a symbol of dissidence. Merging visceral movement, striking visuals and live sound, RITUAL was a disturbance, a happening, an unveiling of an experiment unique to Cork Midsummer Festival and Powerful Trouble is the manifestation of a huge evolution of Ritual for the Dublin Theatre Festival at The Royal Hibernian Academy.

Junk Ensemble has built a reputation as one of Ireland’s leading voices in dance, creating work that sheds light on important human issues relevant to society today. Associate Artists at Project Arts Centre and previous Artists-in-Residence at The Tate, their productions have garnered widespread praise across Ireland and internationally.


IPOWERFUL TROUBLE for the DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL is SOLD OUT but possble international tour dates may yet be announced.


Creation and Direction Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy


Choreography created in collaboration with dancers

Dance Artists Salma Ataya, Lucia Kickham, Julie Koenig


Collaborating Artists Aideen Barry, Jesse Jones, Planningtorock 

Musician & Percussionist Caitríona Frost

Music Irene Buckley

Lighting Design & Scenography Sarah Jane Shiels

Costume Design Katie Davenport

Costume Assistant James Seaver

Additional composition Planningtorock, (vocals Olwen Fouéré),

Caitriona Frost

Stage Manager Miriam Duffy

Assistant Stage Manager Muireann Ní Raghallaigh

Head Carpenter Mark Fennell

Chief LX Sarah Timmins

Production Audio Daragh Murphy

Audio Engineer Cormac O’Connor

Riggers Emerald Isle Rigging

Production Management Show Scope

Thurible Fabrication Mick Wilkins at Kinagleary Studios

Artist Assistants (Jesse Jones) Anna Godson O'Dohery, Sara O'Rourke

Line Producer Michelle Cahill

Producer Gwen Van Spÿk

Supported by the Arts Council, with additional support from Dance Ireland

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