Welcoming the Stranger
by Catherine Young
This autumn Backstage Theatre, Longford is embarking on an exciting project with their artist in residence, choreographer and dancer Catherine Young, redeveloping her highly acclaimed work “Welcoming the Stranger.”
“Welcoming the Stranger” is a moving and compelling dance piece inspired by the stories of migrants and refugees from Gaza, Iraq, Syria, Africa. The piece was first commissioned as part of the 1916 Casement Project celebrations to premiere on Banna Strand. In light of the location, a beach and the on-going migrant crisis, with refugees being washed up on shores daily – Catherine wanted to create a work that looked at how Ireland ‘could’ be – if there was real understanding and inclusion between communities. That if Roger Casement were to wash up on Irish shores 100 years later, what kind of Ireland would he want to see?
Since its premiere this critically acclaimed piece has performed at the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival in Palestine as well as Culture Night Dublin, The Big Bang Festival, to name but a few.
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 Dec alongside a group of world-class professional dancers and musicians.
Through these workshops and rehearsals the Irish and migrant communities in Longford will come together to move and be moved, sharing their stories, their culture, their music, their food, their language as Catherine gently guides the group towards the creation of a work for performance. Kids dancing alongside adults. A multi-generational, multi-ethnic work where rhythm the common language not English. This true coming together of people and cultures, through their music, dance and song is set to inspire audiences locally to embrace cultural difference and which will provide an opportunity for new migrants to engage with people from the local community, encouraging them to become involved with arts activities and arts organisations on a long- term basis.
“ ..energetic and soulful choreography. The work demonstrated a spirit of inclusiveness and care that set the tone for the whole event.”
Fearghus Ó Chonchúir, director, Casement Project
“..one of the best examples of real inclusion … emotional, passionate and uplifting. We need to reflect and learn from this approach.”
Ann O Dwyer, CEO, Kerry Education and training Board
“..electric, of the most enjoyable and engaging dance pieces I have seen ever.”
Catriona Fallon, Director, Siamsa Tire Theatre
In addition to each performance CYD will engage in a programme of dance/drumming/singing workshops to engage the local communities in the process of the work and encourage all to come see the work.
Want to be part of something special?
Catherine Young, Dance Artist in Residence at Backstage is looking for people of all ages to interested in performing in her exciting work ‘Welcoming the Stranger”
at Backstage Theatre on Friday 15th December 2017.
Although dance experience is helpful, it is not a requirement.
If so, come along to a free taster workshop on
Wednesday 11th October at 7.30pm in Backstage Theatre
Rehearsals will take place at Backstage between 11th October and 15th December
If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 9th October along with:
Name, age, contact details and any relevant experience (dancing/performing/singing).
Places are limited so early booking is advised
Chcesz być częścią czegoś szczególnego?
Catherine Young, artystka tańca w rezydencji w Backstage szuka ludzi w każdym wieku zainteresowanych wykonywaniem jej ekscytującej pracy “Welcoming the Stranger”
w teatrze Backstage w piątek 15 grudnia 2017 roku.
Chociaż doświadczenie taneczne jest pomocne, nie jest to wymóg.
Jeśli tak, przyjdź do bezpłatnego warsztatu na degustacje
Środa 11 października o godzinie 7.30 w teatrze Backstage
Rehearsale odbędą się w Backstage między 11 października a 15 grudnia
W razie zainteresowania prosimy o kontakt z email@example.com do poniedziałku 9 października wraz z:
Imię, wiek, dane kontaktowe i wszelkie odpowiednie doświadczenia (taniec / wykonawstwo / śpiew).
Miejsca są ograniczone, więc zaleca się wcześniejszą rezerwację
Originally Commissioned under The Casement Project as part of the
1916 Centenary Celebrations for Féile Fáilte, Banna Strand.