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Catherine Young Dance presents State of Exception


  • Sunday 23 February 7:30pm

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€15/€12 Conc./€7.50 under 18s
Duration 74 mins suitable for 12+
Includes post-show discussion with Catherine
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The camp is the space that is opened when the state of exception begins to become the rule  Giorgio Agamben, Philosopher

Inspired by the experience of making work with refugees and asylum seekers in Direct Provision, State of Exception is a powerful and raw multi-cultural interplay of dance, music and text. Featuring a cast of outstanding Irish and international performers this compelling and original dance work delves into the world of asylum seekers to understand, to connect, to challenge and tear down the walls and borders that divide us, finding home in the common that binds us all.

Includes post-show discussion with Catherine.

Choreographer / Director: Catherine Young
Original Music / Sound: Martin Scharer (Music Director & percusssion), Brian Fleming (percussion), Vyvienne Long (Cello), Jade O’Connor (vocals), Fiona Sheil (Sound Design) & text by Donal O’Kelly
Dancers: Vanessa Guevarra, Alessandra Ruggeri, Marc Stevenson and Mufutau Yusuf
Lighting Design: Tim Feehily
Dramaturg: Hanna Slattne

Proudly funded by The Arts Council, supported by Backstage Theatre, Shawbrook, Siamsa Tire, Kerry County Council, Dance Limerick, Creative Ireland, Town Hall Theatre, Firkin Crane, glór, Pavilion Theatre and Lime Tree Theatre.

This is Irish dance making at its best; political, urgent and intelligent.. go see it.   RTÉ

Musically and choreographically State of Exception delivers a powerfully visceral experience, and one of the most compelling depictions of the refugee crisis to date.   The Arts Review ****

Catherine Young is a Dance Ireland Associate Artist and one of the 2016/2017 UK Bench Fellows. She is an Associate Artist with Siamsa Tire where she has been Dancer/Choreographer in Residence multiple times since 2006 as well as Dancer in Residence with Kerry County Council. She founded & co-curated Tocht International Dance Festival (2011-2015). In 2011, she established Catherine Young Dance and has been making & touring work to critical acclaim with sell out runs of her recent company works “State of Exception,” “Welcoming the Stranger,” Ultima Thule” and “Woman Stood Regardless.”

She holds an MA in Contemporary Dance from the University of Limerick where she is also a guest lecturer/choreographer on the BA and MA programs and has a Certificate in Theatre Directing from National University of Ireland, Maynooth. She spent eight years training and performing in San Francisco and New York and has studied/worked with Printz Dance Project (USA), The American Conservatory Theatre (USA), Darell Jones (USA), Retina Dance Company (UK/Belgium), Lacina Coulibaly (Kongo Ba Teria Dance Company – Africa), Wendy Houstoun (UK) and Hofesh Schecter Company (UK).

She has created work for the Dublin Dance Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Coisceim Dance Theatre, Shawbrook Touring Company, the Big Bang Festival of Rhythm, Féile Fáilte and the University of Limerick. Her work has been performed throughout Ireland including the Dublin Dance Festival, Feile na Bealtaine, The Dublin Fringe Festival, The Big Bang Festival, Feile Failte, The Wexford Opera House, The Pavillion Theatre, as well as touring internationally opening the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival in Palestine in 2017. Catherine served as a board member of Dance Research Forum Ireland 2008-2012 and is also a certified yoga teacher (RYT 500).

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