New dance show based on lives of Tralee women

A NEW dance show based on the lives and experiences of Tralee women from disadvantaged backgrounds is currently in rehearsal in the town.

The show has been created by dancer Catherine Young who has been based at Siamsa Tíre as Kerry County Council's Dancer in Residence since 2006.

As part of her residency Catherine worked with the Heroines in our Midst Project, a programme that was run in Tralee by North and East Kerry Development, to help empower and educate local women from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Her work with the group inspired her to create a new show 'Woman Stood Regardless', which is based on the stories of some of the women she met, helped and became friends with during her time working with NEKD. That show and the womens' inspiring stories will be brought vividly to life on stage at Siamsa Tíre when it is staged on April 11.

This week Catherine was joined for rehearsals at Siamsa by the four internationally renowned dancers Deirdre Griffin, Lucia Kickham, Ivonne Kalter and Mariam Ribon who will star with her in the show.

Catherine has been Dance Artist in Residence at Siamsa Tíre since 2006 and she has developed strong relationships with many communities in Kerry since then.

She produces a season of work for Siamsa Tíre each year and jointly curates the Tocht International Dance Festival in the county with Siamsa Tíre's Artistic Director Jonathan Kelliher.

Catherine's work with Kerry Youth Dance Theatre, which she founded and directs, has also earned her much admiration across the country and the youth theatre group was nominated for the Kerry Arts and Culture Award in 2010.


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