"The camp is the space that is opened when the state of exception begins to become the rule" Giorgio Agamben, Philosopher
Inspired by the experience of making work with refugees and asylum seekers in Direct Provision, State of Exception is a powerful and raw multi-cultural interplay of dance, music and text.
Featuring a cast of outstanding Irish and international performers this compelling and original dance work delves into the world of asylum seekers to understand, to connect, to challenge and tear down the walls and borders that divide us, finding home in the common that binds us all.
The show is a highly physical dance piece inspired by working with asylum seekers and those in direct provision in Ireland, as well as Catherine’s recent visit the Middle East.
“This is Irish dance making at its best; political, urgent and intelligent.. go see it." - RTÉ
"Musically and choreographically “State of Exception” delivers a powerfully visceral experience, and one of the most compelling depictions of the refugee crisis to date." - The Arts Review ****
Catherine Young has been making and touring work to critical acclaim since 2011, creating powerful, percussive, physical and primal work that shows all shades of the human condition - its grit, edge, truth, honesty and beauty
Proudly funded by The Arts Council, supported by Backstage Theatre, Shawbrook, Siamsa Tire, Kerry County Council, Dance Limerick, Creative Ireland, Town Hall Theatre, Firkin Crane, glór, Pavilion Theatre and Lime Tree Theatre.