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
in collaboration with:
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)
Sebastian Pizarro (2020)
Darach O’Ruairc & Catherine Young
Fanny Binder (2018), Mags Mulvey (2020)
Luca Truffarelli & Fionn McCann
Kate Bowe Communications (2020)
Catherine Young and Justine Doswell (2020)
The Arts Council, Backstage, Shawbrook, Longford County Council, Project Arts Centre, Siamsa Tíre, Kerry County Council, Firkin Crane Dance Limerick and Dance Ireland.
To our community casts in Longford, Dublin, Kerry, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Clare for joining us on each production.