Welcoming the Stranger

Premiere  Féile Fáilte, Banna Beach, July 2016

Additional performances Culture Night, Siamsa Tire (Tralee) Sept 2016, Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival (Palestine), April 2017, Backstage Theatre (Longford), December 2017.

Running time: 40 mins

Commissioned by The Casement project for Féile Fáilte — Banna Strand, July 23 2016 as part of the 1916 Centenary celebrations, this moving and compelling dance piece is inspired by the stories of migrants and refugees, all whom have made Kerry their home. A coming together of people, cultures, their music dance and song. Welcoming the Stranger went on to open the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival in Palestine in 2017 with performances in both Ramallah and Jerusalem and toured to Backstage (Longford) in December 2017.

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Choreographer / Director
Catherine Young
in collaboration with:

Music Director
Martin Schärer

KERRY — Eilise Sullivan, Salma Ataya, Helena Brosnan,  Jamie Flannery, Kate and Ellie Galvin, James Greenan, Deirdre Griffin, Adrienne Heaslip, Darragh Hurley, Roisin Ni Lúing, Ahmed Lulu, Derwin Myers, Cindy, Eugene and Emanuel Nguessan, Ahmad Norasi, Carol, O’Connor, Jade O’Connor, Ciara O’Grady, Ghassan Raad, Clodagh Trevaskis, Niamh O’Leary, Rachel O’Shea, Claire Slattery

PALESTINE — Jade O’Connor, Marion Cronin, Adrienne Heaslip, Deirdre Griffin, Brendan Dorris, James Greenan and the dancers from Sareyyet Ramallah

LONGFORD — Malik Amir, Vekash Mansoor, Abdul Khan, Ahmed Lulu, Ghassan Raad, Eilise Sullivan, Salma Ataya, Minte Wolde, Jade O’Connor, AJ, Kristyn Fontanella and Community





Cormac Breathnach (low whistle / vocals), Eoin Dillion (pipes / low whistle), Brian Fleming (percussion), James Mahon (pipes / low whistle), Ted Moynihan (percussion), Damien O’Neill (percussion), Jon Sanders (Guitar / Bouzouki), Martin Schaerer (percussion) and Fiona Sheil (Sound Design), Barra O’Flanniagh (Percussion), Raed Said (Palestine percussion), Samer Jaradat (Palestine, percussion)

Lighting Design / Visuals
John Hurley

Clare Keogh, Domnick Walsh, Richard Dwyer

Richard Dwyer

Supported by
The Casement Project, Kerry County Council, Siamsa Tíre, The Arts Council, Culture Ireland, Backstage Theatre, Longford County Council and Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival.