Woman Stood Regardless (2014)

ensemble / CYD (90 mins)

"If you were under the impression that the continued campaign for gender equality is an exaggeration, this production will smack you back to reality." 
Chris McCormack (Musings in Intermissions)
"Catherine Young Dance is forcing me to reconsider my position on an art form I previously thought had escaped me, it has now engulfed me. Go and see it for the beauty and the pain." 
Joseph Kearny (No More Workhorse) 


Eagerly anticipated Woman Stood Regardless is CYD's first full-length work to premiere in Dublin and is a culmination of almost a year's research, inspired by the true stories of remarkable women Young worked with at a women's support group at North & East Kerry Development. Young initially met the women while working on the “Heroines in our Midst” project, where working with herself and writer, Niamh Byrne, the women explored their personal stories through writing and movement culminating in an evenings's performance of monologues and dance at St.John's Art Centre, Listowel.

Struck by the intensity of what these women have been through in their lives, it left Young asking the question "What makes people get back up when everything has fallen apart?" Their honesty, vulnerability and rawness, their resilience and determination in dealing with their afflictions, touched deep, and sat with her for a long time after. It set her on a path of inquiry to find truths we all can relate to from their intensely personal stories and has manifested in this new dance work.

With an all-female cast of four powerful international dancers, the piece explores what the human condition can endure in a lifetime. But these are not meek, passive women - and this is not a dance piece about despair. Woman Stood Regardless finds out what fuels us to keep going, to get back up when everything has fallen apart. The piece is relentlessly physical with sinuous, sometimes violent choreography, and a rawness and depth that will touch viewers. An outstanding original score by Michael Fleming contrasts deafening silence with driving percussion. Lighting design by Irish Times Theatre Award nominee Stephen Dodd creates a world where chaos reigns but hope is not lost. Emerging from rawness and vulnerability, Woman Stood Regardless offers a crack in the door where the first glimpse of light can stream through.


the team
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Catherine Young
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Original Music Score

Michael Fleming
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Deirdre Griffin, Ivonne Kalter, Lucia Kickham & Mariam Ribon

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Lighting Design

Stephen Dodd

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Project Arts Centre, April 4th & 5th 2014 | Firkin Crane (Cork), Apr 6th |

Siamsa Tire (Tralee), Apr 11th

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Supported By:

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





The making of  - part 1 (Feb 2014)


The making of - part 2 (Feb 2014)


The Beginning, DanceHouse (Nov 2013)



Photos: Luca Truffarelli