Catherine Young is the 2017/18 Dance Artist in Residence at Backstage Theatre Longford & Shawbrook. As part of her residency at Backstage Theatre Longford, Catherine will be re-staging her critically acclaimed work Welcoming the Stranger which opened the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival in Palestine this past April. In this redevelopment of the piece Catherine will be working with people from throughout Longford, locals to the area and those from overseas who have come to call Longford their home. She will bring both communities together through a series of workshops and rehearsals throughout October and November, culminating in a performance in Backstage on Fri 15th December alongside a group of world-class professional dancers and musicians. In the new year, Catherine, in addition to working on her own solo practice will begin rehearsals for her company's new ensemble work State of Exception featuring a stellar cast of Irish and international performers. State of Exception will premiere at Backstage Theatre, Longford March 15 before touring to Project Arts Centre, Dublin (22-24), Siamsa Tire (March 25) and the Firkin Crane (Apr 13).
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Welcoming the Stranger was originally commissioned by Fearghus O' Conchúir’s The Casement Project and premiered on Banna Strand at Féile Fáilte in July 2017 and has been remounted for performances at Siamsa Tire and the Big Bang Festival in Dublin. Catherine's residency is funded by The Arts Council and supported by Shawbrook, Backstage Theatre and Longford County Council.
Catherine Young is a Dance Ireland Associate Artist and one of the 2016/2017 UK BENCH Fellows. She is also a Pavilion SouthWest Dance Discovery Artist 2017/18 and has been an Associate Artist with Siamsa Tire 2006 as well as Dancer in Residence with Kerry County Council since 2006. She founded and co-curated Tocht International Dance Festival (2011-2015) as well as establishing and directing Kerry Youth Dance Theatre (2008-2014). In 2011, she established Catherine Young Dance and has been making and touring work to critical acclaim since with recent company works Ultima Thule and Woman Stood Regardless selling out their runs, and her work Welcoming the Stranger opening the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival in Palestine in 2017. She holds an MA in Contemporary Dance from the University of Limerick where she is also a guest lecturer/choreographer. She spent eight years training and performing in San Francisco and New York and has created work for the Dublin Dance Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Coisceim Dance Theatre, Shawbrook Touring Company, The Big Bang Festival of Rhythm, Féile Fáilte and the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival.