Originate – Performance Showcase Amir Sabra | Luke Murphy – Attic Projects | Junk Ensemble

Presented by Dublin Dance Festival, Dance Ireland and Culture Ireland


A selection of three works-in-development and recent choreographies by dance artists based in Ireland

Originate – Performance Showcase
© Luca Truffarelli
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Fri 24—Sat 25 May 2024

The successful Originate platform once again forms part of the 2024 Edition with presentations by leading local artists.

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Project Arts Centre, Cube

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How long?

60 mins


Fri 24 May

Sat 25 May

From the show

Within This Party by Amir Sabra © Maurice Gunning
Within This Party by Amir Sabra © Maurice Gunning
Powerful Trouble by Junk Ensemble © Luca Truffarelli
Powerful Trouble by Junk Ensemble © Luca Truffarelli
Scorched Earth by Luke Murphy © Luke Murphy
Scorched Earth by Luke Murphy © Luke Murphy

With a programme that includes excerpts from recent choreographies as well as new works-in-development, the Originate – Performance Showcase offers Ireland-based artists a valuable platform to present their work, and offers audiences and programmers an exciting opportunity to experience new Irish choreographies.

This year’s Originate – Performance Showcase will include:

Amir Sabra
Within This Party

Within This Party
searches for the personal and the intimate within the collective. It continues Amir Sabra’s exploration of that elusive and distinctive quality that can take familiar movements and gestures, and transform them into something individual and unique. Drawing on hip hop and Dabkeh – a traditional Palestinian dance – Within This Party is an improvisational work that seeks creative and personal ways to build a choreography.

Luke Murphy – Attic Projects
Scorched Earth

A century after finding independence, the ghosts of our history linger and question: What connection do we have to our land? And to our neighbours we share it with? Inspired by John B Keane’s seminal work The Field, Scorched Earth imagines the aftermath of a murder, with the new owner of a piece of land found dead and the former tenant the prime suspect. Psychological thriller meets primal physical fantasy as themes of ambition, entitlement and resentment lead to a poetic final chapter that reflects the cost of success and questions what right we have to the land beneath our feet.

Junk Ensemble
Powerful Trouble

Powerful Trouble
is a highly visual live performance installation from renowned dance innovators Junk Ensemble in collaboration with acclaimed artists Jesse Jones, Aideen Barry, Vicky Langan, and Planningtorock. This immersive promenade spectacle is a celebration of the witch as a symbol of dissidence and was originally presented at the RHA Gallery as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2023. Powerful Trouble is a disturbance – a collision of artists’ creative explorations marked by muscular choreography, euphoric beats, and visceral imagery.

Within This Party

Choreographed & Performed by: Amir Sabra
: Nasir al-faris
: Jenny Roche

Created with the help of the Irish World Academy for Music & Dance – University of Limerick.


Scorched Earth

Directed & Choreographed by: Luke Murphy
Performed by
: Luke Murphy, Rosie Stebbing, Ryan O’Neill, Sarah Dowling, Theo Arran
Rehearsal Director
: Stephen Moynihan
: Luke Murphy
Set Design
: Alyson Cummins
Set Construction
: Triangle Productions Ltd.
Composition & Sound Design
: Rob Moloney
: Gwen Van Spÿk

Co-produced by Dublin Dance Festival and Galway International Arts Festival. Funded by the Arts Council | An Chomhairle Ealaíon Arts Grant Fund for Dance; additional support from Dance Cork Firkin Crane and Cork City Council Arts Office. The full work will premiere in 2025.


Powerful Trouble

Concept & Direction: Jessica Kennedy & Megan Kennedy
Dance Artists
: Salma Ataya, Lucia Kickham, Julie Koenig
: Jessica Kennedy & Megan Kennedy in collaboration with the performers
Collaborating Artists
: Jesse Jones, Olwen Fouéré, Aideen Barry, Vicky Langan, Planningtorock
Scenography & Lighting (original production)
: Sarah Jane Shiels
Music & Sound Design
: Irene Buckley (with additional composition by Planningtorock & Caitríona Frost)
Costume Design
: Katie Davenport
Collaborating Artists (original production)
: Jesse Jones, Olwen Fouéré, Aideen Barry, Vicky Langan, Planningtorock, Caitríona Frost, Robyn Byrne, Justine Cooper, Yumi Lee
: Gwen Van Spÿk

Powerful Trouble was originally funded by The Arts Council | An Chomhairle Ealaíon Open Call Award and originally performed in the Royal Hibernian Gallery as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2013.

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