State of Exception

Preview: Backstage Theatre, March 15, 2018

Premiere: Project Arts Centre, March 22 – 24, 2018 & Tour: Siamsa Tire March 25 and Firkin Crane April 13, 2018.

2020 Tour: Town Hall Theatre, Galway (February 18), Firkin Crane, Cork (February 23), glór, Ennis (February 23), Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire (February 25) and Lime Tree, Limerick (February 26)

Running time: Approx. 65 mins (no intermission)

‘This is Irish dance making at its best; political, urgent and intelligent. Book it for your festival. Fund it. And if you ever get the chance, go and see it.’ — RTÉ on State of Exception

★★★★ ‘A powerfully visceral experience, and one of the most compelling depictions of the refugee crisis to date.’ — The Arts Review on State of Exception

What affects one directly, affects all indirectly’ — Martin Luther King

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.

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Choreographer / Director
Catherine Young
in collaboration with:

Hanna Slattne

Dancer Collaborators
Vanessa Guevara, Simone O’Toole (2018), Marc Stevenson, Mufutau (Junior) Yusuf and Alessandra Ruggeri (2020)

Original Music / Sound
Martin Schärer (Music Director & percussion), Brian Fleming (percussion), Vyvienne Long (cello), Jade O’Connor (vocals), Fiona Sheil (sound design) & Donal O’Kelly (text)

Lighting Design
Tim Feehily

Chief LX
Sebastian Pizarro (2020)

Set Design
Darach O’Ruairc & Catherine Young

Stage Manager
Fanny Binder (2018), Mags Mulvey (2020)


Fanny Binder

Luca Truffarelli

Luca Truffarelli & Fionn McCann

Conall O’Riain

Public Relations
Kate Bowe Communications (2020)

Catherine Young and Justine Doswell (2020)

Supported by
The Arts Council, Backstage, Shawbrook, Longford County Council, Project Arts Centre, Siamsa Tíre, Kerry County Council, Firkin Crane Dance Limerick and Dance Ireland.

Thank You
To our community casts in Longford, Dublin, Kerry, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Clare for joining us on each production.