New Work

Portrait: Marion Cronin

Marion Cronin is a dance artist based in Dublin, Ireland. She holds a BA Honours Degree in Contemporary Dance from The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance. Since graduating in 2012 she has toured extensively across Ireland and internationally. She has worked with choreographers and companies including Laura Murphy, Rob Heaslip, Tamsyn Russell, Jessie Keenan, Junk Ensemble, Lucia Kickham and Theatre Lovett. Her international touring has brought her to Gramhamstown Arts Festival, South Africa; Agitart, Figueres, Spain; Ramalla Contemporary Dance Festival, Palestine; and Tanzmesse, Dusseldorf.

While dancing for different choreographers Marion continues to develop her own artistic practice. What inspires and drives her dance practice is her collaborations with other artists; visual artists, writers, sound artists and film makers. She also has a strong passion for dance improvisation and street arts, both feed into and influence her practice. Her work is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council.


These portraits capture a specific moment in time for eight individuals. The unwavering single-shot focus of the camera offers a poignant and intimate closeness to each subject. They were filmed in April 2021 in locations specially chosen by each subject: a place of sanctuary within the five-kilometre radius of their home. The films are inspired by Andy Warhol’s Screen Test from the 1960s and Jane McCormick’s This Moment capturing the significant people behind the TownHall Cavan Arts Space. The films pay homage to the dedication and talent which sustained the Don’t anticipate the ending project.

Directed by Robbie Blake
Filmed and Edited by Steve O’Connor

Don't anticipate the ending Creative encounters with the Brian Friel Papers

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Presented in partnership with the National Library of Ireland