State of Exception (2018)

ensemble / CYD (60 mins)

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." - RTE

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 ****


Inspired by the experience of 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.

Supported by: Arts Council, Project, Dub City Council, Backstage Theatre, Shawbrook, Longford County Council, Kerry County Council, Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland, Firkin Crane.

What affects one directly, affects all indirectly" - Martin Luther King 



BUY TICKETS | DUBLIN (Project Arts Centre)


BUY TICKETS | CORK (Firkin Crane)


the team
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Catherine Young
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Dancer collaborators

Martin anessa Guevara, Simone O'Toole, Marc Stevenson, Mufutau (Junior) Yusuf.

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Original Music/Sound

Martin Scharer (Music Director & percusssion), Brian Fleming (percussion), Vyvienne Long (cello), Jade O'Connor (vocals), Fiona Sheil (sound design) & Donal O'Kelly (text)

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Lighting Design

Tim Feehily

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Hanna Slattne

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Set Design

Darach O'Ruairc & Catherine Young

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Assistant to Director

Fanny Binder

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Backstage (Longford) Mar 15, Project Arts Centre (Dublin) Mar 22 24, Siamsa Tire (Kerry) Mar 25 & Firkin Crane (Cork), Apr 13th.

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Supported By:

The Arts Council, Backstage, Shawbrook, Longford County Council, Project Arts Centre, Siamsa Tire, Kerry County Council, Firkin Crane Dance Limerick & Dance Ireland.


show trailer

Video: Mark O'Rourke


show photos

Photos: Fionn McCann


show trailer

Video: Luca Truffarelli



Photos: Luca Truffarelli


rehearsal trailer

Video: Mark O'Rourke