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Dance changes us.

Catherine Young Dance is a company of artists led by choreographer Catherine Young. We create courageous dance work with the ambition to inspire change. We are renowned for the physicality, musicality and scale of our work and for the visceral connection we forge with our audiences. Through dance, we move hearts and minds towards what is true, to see and share in our common humanity.

PRODUCTIONS

Floating on a Dead Sea

(Live show) TOURING October 12-November 2, 2024

(Documentary) Screening April 25th 2024 @ Project Arts Centre in association with Dublin Dance Festival.
(Fundraiser for Gaza).

Interweaving dance, film, music and text ‘Floating on a Dead Sea’ is inspired by Young‘s time in Palestine; the feeling of being lifted and held by the generosity and kindness of a people, in a place where nothing is normal. A place where everyday life, dreams and aspirations are stifled, basic rights denied, and lives lived unfulfilled. This is Young’s immersive and visceral reflection on life in the West Bank prior to the 2023/24 war, and places us in the footsteps of ordinary Palestinians, giving us the chance to witness their sense of enduring injustice and feel their urgency and need for action. This profoundly moving work features stunning visuals by Luca Truffarelli and offers a chance to listen more deeply to voices seldom heard....

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PRODUCTIONS

CISEACH | An Embodied Manifesto

We are in shambles.

Ciseach is a pulsating contemporary incantation weaving together a tapestry of dance, rhythm, live music and voice that seeks to rekindle our broken relationship with the land....

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THE WELCOMING PROJECT

Céilí Afro Dabke

Céilí Afro Dabke i Ireland’s first world music céilí. It vibrantly brings together African dance, traditional Dabke dance from the Levant (Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon), the Irish céilí dances and Ukrainian folk dance. Established in 2018 as a way to bring people from all cultures together, Céilí Afro Dabke extends a warm invitation to everyone to meet with our neighbours from around the world, join in and dance together.

Céilí Afro Dabke is a core part of The Welcoming Project, a dance programme designed to foster cultural integration and social inclusion.
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PRODUCTIONS

A Call To You

’A Call To You’ is Catherine Young Dance’s latest work emerging from the urgency of the incomprehensible times we are living in. It is a call to come together, a call to explore the fragility and friction of community. 

Featuring a cast of outstanding international performers, with live music directed by Young’s long-time collaborator Martin Schärer and inspired by Ukrainian folk dance traditions, ’A Call To You’ is a fervent celebration of life, togetherness and dance. It offers an antidote to division, the imagery of war and the endless rhetoric of politics. As words fail, the body speaks – untamed and unapologetic.

‘Uplifting’ — The Irish Times...

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Happenings

Féile na Bealtaine

News

African dance workshop with live drumming Féile Na Bealtaine | May 2nd, 8pm @ Bunscoil an Chlochair - Girls school, Dingle.   Join Catherine for...

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Floating on a Dead Sea (Documentary)

Broadcasts

2021 | Ireland / Palestine | 30'42" Director / Choreographer: Catherine Young Filmmaker: Luca Truffarelli Original Music: Mohammed Omar Sound design: Fiona Sheil Sound mastering:...

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FUNK & FOLK PODCAST

Broadcasts

Funk & Folk is a multi-cultural dance platform sharing the richness of distinct dance cultures and traditions from around the world. Funk & Folk has...

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