Fundraiser Screening: Floating on a Dead Sea (The Documentary) Catherine Young

Presented by Dublin Dance Festival and Project Arts Centre


A special screening to raise funds for humanitarian aid in Gaza

Fundraiser Screening: Floating on a Dead Sea (The Documentary)
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Thu 25 Apr 2024

An intensely powerful film offering a glimpse into life under occupation in Palestine in 2019.

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Project Arts Centre, Space Upstairs

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45 minutes

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All funds raised will be donated to Camps Breakerz and Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund.

Catherine Young will introduce the film in a short discussion with DDF's Artistic Director, Jazmin Chiodi before the screening.

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Thu 25 Apr


In 2017, Catherine Young brought her company to Palestine to present her work Welcoming the Stranger in collaboration with Sareyyet Ramallah Dance Company as part of the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival. That pivotal trip changed everything for her – in particular, her relationship with her art.

She returned in 2019 with filmmaker Luca Truffarelli intending on capturing footage to be used in a stage production. Fearing the show might never get made due to the lockdown in 2020, Catherine wanted to find a way to share this life-changing experience, and the overwhelming sense of warmth, generosity and kindness of the people despite the brutal conditions within which they live. Putting the body and movement at the heart of things, Catherine and Luca crafted this documentary from the footage.

Floating on a Dead Sea places us in the footsteps of ordinary Palestinians, giving us the chance to witness their sense of enduring injustice, listen more deeply to those whose voices are not being heard, and feel their urgency and need for action.

On returning to Ireland, there is a helplessness of leaving behind unfinished stories, friends and a piece of your heart. On asking our fellow dancers in Palestine ‘what can we do?’, the response was ‘tell people.’ This film aims to do just that.” Catherine Young


  • Director Catherine Young
  • Director of Photography & Editor Luca Truffarelli
  • Sound Design Fiona Sheil
  • Original Saz Music Mohammed Omar

Thank you to all who contributed to the making of this work and to all we met along the road in Palestine, who shared their stories, dancing, music, food and time with us (including but not limited to):

Featured Dancers
Saly Daood, Abdalwahhab Hmeesdan, Ahmed Hmeesdan, Saleem Othman, Ameed Sayeh, Mohammed Smahneh

Rand Ajarma, Salah Ajarma (RIP), Salim Al Kelani, Fatin Al Tamimi, Ala' Abu Ayyash, Jires Babish, Rima Baranasi, Jonathan Conlon, Vanessa Guevara, Khaled Elayyan, Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Brian Fleming, Laila Hasan, Atta Jaber & family, Hani Abu Haikel & family, Mohammed Omar, Gerry O’Sullivan, Raed Said, Yousef Aref Sbieh, Faris Soufan, Juliet & Fadi Zmorrod. Askadar Centre for Culture & Arts, Nablus, Defence for Children International, El Fara’a Youth Centre, The Lajee Centre, Aida Camp, Bethlehem, Sareyyet Ramallah Dance Troupe.

Funded by The Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Kerry County Council & supported by Dublin Dance Festival. The live version of Floating on the Dead Sea was commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival.

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