New Work

So what is surfacing

Directed by Jessie Keenan

Set in the stunning surrounds of the Museum of Literature Ireland, three dancers - Lucia Kickham, Marion Cronin, and Sarah Ryan - move between their individual interior world and their collective exterior world.

Movement, spoken word and vocals combine to explore capturing the fullness of a memory in all its complex layers. Ultimately, focusing on the body and its capacity to communicate what cannot be spoken.

Tension builds as words falter and disappear creating space for the body and sounds to soar.

The choreography is held by a vocal score and sound design composed by Robbie Blake and performed by Michelle O’Rourke and Bláthnaid Conroy Murphy.

Directed by Jessie Keenan

Choreographed by Jessie Keenan in collaboration with performers

Performed by Lucia Kickham, Sarah Ryan and Marion Cronin

Filmed and Edited by Steve O’Connor

Dramaturgy and Original Research by Zosia Kuczyńska

Music Composed by Robbie Blake

Vocal Performance by Bláthnaid Conroy Murphy and Michelle O’Rourke


Lighting by Matt Burke

Sound Design by Robbie Blake

Costumes by Jessie Keenan

Costume Assistant LaurA Fajardo Castro

Sound Mix and Master Engineer Seán Mac Erlaine

Vocal Recording Engineer Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Production Manager Eoin Kilkenny

Producer Sophie Coote (2021) / Natalie Hans (2020)

Production Support Michelle Cahill


Filmed on location at the Museum of Literature Ireland.

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