Friday, 9 February 2024, 8.00pm

Junk Ensemble presents Dances Like a Bomb, 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.

Funded by The Arts Council of Ireland Touring Award
Original production funded by The Arts Council of Ireland | An Chomhairle Ealaíon Arts Grant Fund and Dublin City Council and supported by Mermaid Arts Centre, Dance Ireland and Shawbrook Dance.

This production is presented at The Everyman in association with Dance Cork Firkin Crane.

★★★★★ “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

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Published by The Everyman on 14 November 2023

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