Dance / 09-10 November 2018

The Bystander

Tickets: 18-20
Show Time: 7.30pm

Post-show discussion: 09 November, with Ciaran Smyth, Consultant Sociologist on the project and members of the company.
Matinee: 2.30pm 10 November, €16
What makes us help someone and what makes us simply stand by?
I didn’t want to get involvedAnonymous Neighbour, 1964
An intriguing and adventurous production by multi-award winning dance theatre innovators, Junk Ensemble. Inspired by the ‘bystander effect’ phenomenon of the murder of Kitty Genovese. Murdered outside her apartment in Queens, New York, thirty-eight witnesses saw or heard the attack, yet no-one called for help.
Performed by internationally acclaimed performers and drawing on the expertise of a sociologist, The Bystander gets under the skin of how we behave, bringing to the surface some of the murkier and complex behaviours of contemporary society.


Direction and Choreography: Jessica Kennedy and Megan Kennedy and created in collaboration with the cast.
Performers: Steve Blount, Stephanie Dufresne, Stephen Moynihan, Tilly Webber
Set Design: Sabine Dargent
Lighting Design: Zia Bergin-Holly
Music and Sound Design: Denis Clohessy
Costume Design: Sarah Foley
Dramaturgy: Feidlim Cannon
Consultant Sociologist & Collaborator: Ciaran Smyth
Video Promo: Luca Truffarelli


[stars-4] “Darkly insistent performances” Irish Times [break]
[stars-4] “Mesmerising and engaging” Reviews Hub [break]
[stars-4] “Exquisite and unforgettable” The Arts Review [break]
Junk Ensemble has created some of the most impressive contemporary
dance in Ireland… Enthralling and exactThe Sunday Times


The production is funded by the Arts Council Dance Project Award.


Suitable for ages 15+

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