Catherine Young is a Dance Ireland Associate Artist, a UK BENCH Fellow & an associate artist at Siamsa Tire where she has been dancer in residence with Kerry County Council. She is also co-curator of What Next Dance Festival at Dance Limerick. Catherine has created work for the Dublin Dance Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, CoisCéim Dance Theatre, The Big Bang Festival of Rhythm, Féile Fáilte and the University of Limerick among others. Her company works ‘State of Exception, ‘Ultima Thule’, “Woman Stood Regardless’ and ‘Welcoming the Stranger’ have all been received to critical acclaim, with ‘Welcoming the Stranger’ opening the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival in Palestine in 2017. She will premiere her new work inspired by her time in Palestine ‘Floating on a Dead Sea’ at the Dublin Dance Festival in 2021.
Catherine is also the artistic director of The Welcoming Project – a progamme designed to foster cultural integration & social inclusion for Ireland’s new communities through dance and in 2021 she launched her Funk & Folk podcast series to connect cultures through dance.