Welcoming the Stranger (2016)

ensemble / CYD (40 mins)


Commissioned by The Casement project for Féile Fáilte - Banna Strand, July 23rd 2016 as part of the 1916 Centenary celebrations, this moving and compelling dance piece is inspired by the stories of migrants and refugees, all whom have made Kerry their home. A coming together of people, cultures, their music dance and song. Welcoming the Stranger went on to open the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival in Palestine in 2017 with performances in both Ramallah and Jerusalem.


the team
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Catherine Young
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Music Director

Martin Schaerer 

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Helena Brosnan, Marion Cronin, Brendan Dorris, Jamie Flannery, Kate & Ellie Galvin, James Greenan, Deirdre Griffin, Adrienne Heaslip, Darragh Hurley, Roisin Ni Luing, Ahmed Lulu, Derwin Myers, Cindy, Eugene & Emanuel Nguessan, Ahmad Norasi, Carol, O’Connor, Jade O’Connor, Ciara O’Grady, Ghassan Raad, Clodagh Trevaskis, Niamh O’Leary, Rachel O’Shea, Claire Slattery & Eilise Sullivan.

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Cormac Breathnach (low whistle/vocals), Eoin Dillion (pipes/low whistle), Brian Fleming (percussion), James Mahon (pipes/low whistle), Ted Moynihan (percussion), Damien O'Neill (perucssion), Jon Sanders (Guitar/Bouzouki) , Martin Schaerer (percussion) & Fiona Sheil (sound design).

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Banna Beach, Féile Fáilte, July 2016, Culture Night, Siamsa Tire, Sept  2016, Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival, April 2017, Backstage Theatre, Dec 2017

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Supported By:

The Casement Project, Kerry County Council & Siamsa Tire



show trailer

Feile Failte

Video: Johnny White | Seanchas Productions


Culture Night

Video: Richard Dwyer | Spinning Yarns


Short documentary 'Behind the scenes'

Video: Eilise Sullivan





Feile Failte

Photos: (1-7) Clare Keogh


Culture Night

Photos: (1-5) Domnick Walsh | (6-20) Richard Dwyer