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Floating on a Dead Sea Catherine Young Dance
An immersive look into life amidst conflict.
Interweaving dance, film, music and text, Floating on a Dead Sea is a visceral reflection on one of the most complex and unresolved conflicts in the world; a glimpse of the Palestine we don’t often get to see.↓ Read more
€20 full price / €17 conc.
60 mins approx. (no interval)
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From the show
“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
Interweaving dance, film, music and text, Floating on a Dead Sea is a visceral reflection on one of the most complex and unresolved conflicts in the world; a glimpse into the Palestine we don't always get to see.
In 2017, Catherine Young took 13 artists to Palestine to perform her critically acclaimed work Welcoming the Stranger. A trip that changed everything. In 2019, she returned to find a way to share this Palestinian encounter; an overwhelming experience of being lifted and held by the warmth, 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. The inequity of returning to Ireland with human rights intact, while helplessly leaving behind unfinished stories, friends and a piece of your heart.
With a cast of international dancers and stunning visuals by collaborator Luca Truffarelli, this moving new work places us in the footsteps of ordinary Palestinians, allowing us to feel their enduring sense of injustice, urgency and need for action. A chance to look and listen more deeply, especially to those whose voices are not being heard.
- Choreographer/Director Catherine Young
- Performers Salma Ataya, Vanessa Guevara, Alessandra Ruggeri
- Film Luca Truffarelli
- Sound Design Fiona Sheil
- Lx Design Sarah Jane Sheil
- Production Manager Darach O’Ruairc
Presented in association with the O’Reilly Theatre. Funded by The Arts Council of Ireland | An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Kerry County Council and Siamsa Tíre, and supported by Dance Limerick, Shawbrook Dance and Dance Ireland.