Floating on a Dead Sea Catherine Young Dance
DDF commission in association with Backstage Theatre. Presented in partnership with the Abbey Theatre.
A rare and immersive glimpse into life in Palestine, interweaving dance, film, music and text.
26 Nov—27 Nov
This new piece is a visceral reflection on one of the most complex conflicts in the world; interweaving dance, film, music and text to offer a rare insight into life amidst conflict in Palestine.↓ Read more
€16 full price / €14 conc.
60 mins approx. (no interval)
Share Floating on a Dead Sea
Tickets for Sat 27 Nov include a complimentary bus (Dublin-Longford-Dublin). Limited places available.
From the show
★★★★ “A powerfully visceral experience, and one of the most compelling depictions of the refugee crisis to date.”
The Arts Review (on State of Exception)
“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)
Originally due to premiere at Dublin Dance Festival in 2020, this work has been long in the making. In 2017, Catherine Young took her dance company to Palestine to perform her critically acclaimed work Welcoming the Stranger. Compelled by the experience, she returned in 2019 to find a way to share this overwhelming feeling of being lifted and held by the 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.
With a cast of international dancers and stunning visuals by filmmaker Luca Truffarelli, this moving performance 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 often unheard.
- Director & Choreographer Catherine Young
- Film Luca Truffarelli
- Dancers Salma Ataya, Vanessa Guevara, Amir Sabra
- Musicians Martin Scharer, Jon Sanders, Jade O’Connor
- Sound Design Fiona Sheil
- Lx Design Sarah Jane Sheil
- Production Manager Rob Furey
Commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival. Co-presented by Dublin Dance Festival and the Abbey Theatre in association with Backstage Theatre. Funded by The Arts Council of Ireland | An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Backstage Theatre, Kerry County Council, Siamsa Tíre, and supported by Shawbrook Dance & Dance Limerick.