Catherine Young Is Kerry County Council Dancer In Residence For 2024

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Catherine Young. Photo: Rory Kirby

KERRY County Council Arts Office has announced Catherine Young as Kerry County Council and Arts Council Dancer in Residence for 2024.

As a dancer and choreographer, Catherine has worked extensively in Ireland, Europe, the USA and Africa. Her choreography is heavily influenced by her explorations of African dance and has a strong sense of physicality.

During her previous residencies with Kerry County Council, Catherine established The Welcoming Project. The project welcomes new communities in Ireland, brings people together and fosters cultural integration and social inclusion through dance.

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In 2024, Catherine will continue her work as part of The Welcoming Project through weekly workshops for the Céilí Afro Dabke Ukraine initiative.

Céilí Afro Dabke Ukraine features African dance, traditional Dabke dance from Palestine/Syria and the old style Irish céilí dances as well as Ukrainian folk dances. Weekly dance workshops with live music are currently taking place in Ballybunnion, Tralee, and Dingle. The workshops are free and open to all.

It takes place on Wednesdays in Tralee, between 6pm and 7pm at the Hall in Presentation Primary School, Castle Street, Tralee, V92 X093.

A programme of workshops will also be delivered to primary schools throughout the county – coordinated and curated by Catherine.

The 2024 Dancer in Residence is co-funded by Kerry County Council and Arts Council of Ireland. As part of this year’s residency, Catherine will also continue the development of her professional work. She is currently developing a new performance entitled CISEACH | An Embodied Manifesto that involves 6 dancers and 5 musicians.

Arts Officer, Kate Kennelly welcomes the announcement with: “Over the years, Catherine has expanded Kerry’s strong reputation for dance to include contemporary works. We are delighted that through the Kerry County Council and Arts Council Dancer in Residence programme that Catherine will continue her professional and community-based projects in the County. The benefit of her work goes beyond the national and international acclaim received and positively impacts the day-to-day lives of local participants and communities.”

Catherine will be delivering an African Dance Workshop at 8pm on Thursday 2 May 2024 at Bunscoil an Chlochair in Dingle as part of the Féilie na Bealtaine programme.

To stay up to date with dance opportunities with Catherine Young follow @KerryCoArts on twitter and facebook and check out arts.kerrycoco.ie

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