Catherine Young

The River Will Still Run to the Sea

She who may be described a handsome woman witnesses the city shed another skin. Not for the first time, it presents a new visage, an unfamiliar interface, although not entirely changed. The old skin peels away and part of it feels like death for the City has been here long before her and will be there long after her, for the River Still Runs to the Sea. Stone makes way for glass & glass a transparency that makes none clearer the swift and endless flow which carries us towards what will ultimately come to pass… (Emily Aoibheann)

The River Will Still Run to the Sea is a new collaborative work by choreographer Catherine Young and a number of her collaborators from the Next Stage 2014. The piece looks at the changing nature of the different worlds ensconced in the Dublin Docklands framing the docklands in parallels, juxtaposing class divides, emerging worlds, and one unchanging & unchangeable part of the city – the river.

Director/Choreographer: Catherine Young
Sound Design: Fiona Sheil
Performed and devised in collaboration with: Steve Blount, Kevin Coquelard, Conor Donelan, Ivonne Kalter, Anna Kazuba & Fiona Sheil
Lighting: Eoin Winning
Stage Manager: Tracy Martin

The River Will Still Run to the Sea is supported by Dance Ireland.


Catherine Young

Catherine Young is currently Dancer Ireland’s Associate Artist for 2014/15. She has been Dancer/Choreographer in Residence at Siamsa Tire (The National Folk Theatre of Ireland) since 2006 where she has produced an annual home season of work, as well as curating the nMotion Dance Festival (2011) and Tocht Festival of Dance (2012-2014). Catherine has a Masters in Contemporary Dance from the University of Limerick and spent 8 years training and performing in San Francisco. She has studied/worked with Printz Dance Project (USA), The American Conservatory Theatre (USA), Retina Dance Company (UK/Belgium), Lacina Coulibaly (Kongo Ba Teria Dance Company – Africa), Ousseni Sako (Salia ni Seydou Company – Africa), Wendy Houstoun (UK), and Hofesh Schechter Company (UK) among others.

Catherine was awarded Public Arts Commission in 2007 and has been recipient of the Arts Council Dance Bursary Award (2008, 2012), the Arts Council Dance Artist in Residence Award from 2010-2013 and the Arts Council Project Award, which premiered as Woman Stood Regardless at the Project Arts Centre in April 2014. Catherine’s work has been at the Dublin Dance Festival, The Dublin Fringe Festival, The Wexford Opera House, the Pavilion Theatre, as well as touring internationally.

Catherine served as a board member of Dance Research Forum Ireland 2008-2012, is a guest choreographer at the University of Limerick and is also a certified yoga teacher.


Giulia Galvan, Argyris Argyrou, Eleanor Creighton, Peter Jordan and all at Mind Your Step, Paul Johnson, Siân Cunningham, Inga Byrne and all at Dance Ireland, Dublin City Council & Clara Hickey, Anica Louw/Shawbrook, 2014 Next Stage crew: Emily Aoibheann, Steve Blount, Philip Doherty. Aonghus Og McAnally, Tracy Martin, Fiona Sheil, Eoin Winning. Ringsend Active Retirement group, Sheriff St Community Centre, Machusla Dance Club/Rionach Ni Neill, Philippa Donelan, & Cathy Coughlan.