This event was part of our 2023 Edition

Originate – Artist Pitches Junk Ensemble | Monica Muñoz | Isabella Oberländer | FLORA FAUNA PROJECT

Presented by Dublin Dance Festival, Dance Ireland and Culture Ireland


An industry platform for Ireland-based artists to present new works and creative projects

Originate – Artist Pitches

Sat 20 May 2023

As part of the Originate programme, DDF, Dance Ireland and Culture Ireland are delighted to present Originate – Artist Pitches again this year, following its successful launch in 2022.

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60 mins (no interval)

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Sat 20 May


Open to programmers and presenters, this important platform will give industry members the opportunity to hear from leading Ireland-based artists on their new projects, creative collaborations and works in development.

This year’s Originate – Artist Pitches will include presentations from Junk Ensemble, Monica Muñoz and Isabella Oberländer.

Junk Ensemble

Junk Ensemble is an award-winning Dublin-based dance company founded by joint Artistic Directors and identical 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 Project Arts Centre Associate Artists 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 and throughout Europe, the UK and Ireland. Productions include The Cold Sings, Dances Like a Bomb, The Misunderstanding of Myrrha, The Veiled Ones, A Different Wolf, The Bystander, Dolores, Soldier Still, Dusk Ahead, The Falling Song, It Folds, and Five Ways to Drown.

Monica Muñoz

Monica Muñoz is a choreographer based in Dublin since 2014. She is interested in making exciting new performances for early years and young audiences. She strives to create meaningful, joyful and highly physical works that are presented in theatre venues, libraries, schools and outdoor spaces. Recent productions include Fall & Float; UP-CLOSE, commissioned by Tipperary Dance International Festival, Ireland (2021), which received a National Touring Award (2022). Previous work includes the acclaimed Princesses Can Be Pirates, funded by Business to Arts that toured nationally and internationally with support from The Arts Council of Ireland and Culture Ireland. She was The Ark’s John Coolahan Early Years Artist in Residence 2021/22 and is currently one of the participants of Meitheal, an artist support initiative committed to the development, creation & presentation of performing arts for young audiences across Ireland. 

Isabella Oberländer

Isabella Oberländer is a dance artist and choreographer based in Limerick, where she was associate artist with Dance Limerick 2019-2021. Her work engages in choreographic frameworks that embrace the materiality of the body and aim for a visceral articulation of physicality and thought. Working the imagination muscle, engaging with queer feminist ideas and dancing her heart out are integral parts of her artistic practice. As a dance artist she is always seeking, she is always in motion. With alienation, otherness and sweaty dancing at its core, her solo work Glisten premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2021. As a performer she has worked with Philip Connaughton, Lucy Suggate, Pietro Marullo, Mary Nunan and Laura Murphy. Currently she is collaborating with Fearghus Ó Conchúir on developing the practice Tearmann Aiteach/ Queer Sanctuary and working with plant scientist Eoin Lettice as part of her residency with UCC Creative & ERI at Glenkeen Gardens/Crespo Foundation.


FLORA FAUNA PROJECT is an artist-led production house and platform rooted in dance and music, making work for stage, film and installation that began in 2017 with Swedish choreographer Maria Nilsson Waller and Irish inter-disciplinary artist Stace Gill. FFP performances are visually and sonically immersive, with a lo-fi, sci-fi and organic undertone that leaves room for all imaginations to enter the worlds built for and with the most virtuous dance artists. Currently, the company is in a long term process to create an ecological touring link between Ireland and Sweden, for dance and performing arts, prioritising alternative venues in rural areas and smaller towns. In 2022, supported by the Swedish Arts Council, Estrad Norr, D-Light Studios and Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, FFP successfully completed an experimental rural tour from Jämtland to Ireland. In addition to professional productions, Flora Fauna Project also includes a far reaching series of curated talks, workshops and community collaborations that focuses on our relationship to nature and environment, natural intelligence, evolution and metamorphoses, while conscious of representation; giving voice to diversity, gender and sexuality, community and social dreaming.

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