Journal

Communications, Reach and Impact Report: The Casement Project

Thanks to the brilliant Annette Nugent and  Kate O’Sullivan, we’ve been able to put together this report that tracks some of the way that communications worked for The Casement Project, how we did it and who we reached.  I’m hoping that there’s useful information in this for many artists, funders, commissioners and programmers, regardless of what scale we’re working on.

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Coming full circle

I’ve been trying to track down the actor who voiced the roll call of death that we used in the sound design for Butterflies and Bones and for I’m Roger Casement. The script is no help since it lists all of the actors without allocating their roles. David Rudkin couldn’t recall either which of the actors it might have been. But I remembered that the script from the recording was in Rudkin’s archive at the British Library and I hoped it might have some clues about who voiced which part

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Creative Bodies: Next Moves – my speech for 2023:Future Retrospectives

So in the spirit of Future Retrospection, I want to imagine a 2023 in which we will have commemorated the independence of the Irish national body by celebrating the confident freedom of a diversity of Irish bodies, autonomous but interdependent, recognising that individual flourishing depends on the flourishing of many others.

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A response from Quarto Collective to Butterflies and Bones at The Mac

“Fearghus spoke eloquently about the role of empathy in Butterflies and Bones. It is work that aims to fragment our assumptions of who belongs and who does not, who is inside and who is outside. The dancers’ bodies are interactive and interdependent throughout, even when in seeming conflict. Amid public arguments about who belongs in the United Kingdom and who does not, it is a timely message.”

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I’m Roger Casement: The Casement Project on Screen

Over 83,000 people watched I’m Roger Casement on RTÉ last month (broadcast on RTÉ One and on the RTÉ Player). It was always important to me that our beautiful film would reach many people, many more than might come ever come to a live performance.

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The Casement Project continues: Welcoming the Stranger

Though The Casement Project has completed its planned activities, that doesn’t mean that its legacy isn’t alive and growing. It was a pleasure to see Catherine Young’s choreography, Welcoming the Stranger, commissioned by The Casement Project for Féile Fáilte, acknowledged as a model of successful practice in the Arts Council’s Places Matter Conference.

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I’m Roger Casement, Television Premiere, RTÉ One, January 17

The Casement Project has crossed a lot of borders, so it’s no surprise that it continues beyond 2016 with the broadcast of I’m Roger Casement, a dance film directed by Dearbhla Walsh and produced for The Casement Project by COCO Television. The film will be shown on RTÉ One on 17 January at 23:10. It will also be available on RTÉ Player after that.

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Forgetting and Remembering: finding the future in the past

In placing The Casement Project in the frame of the ART:2016 and 1418NOW commemoration programmes , I wanted to show how dance helps us understand ourselves, our history and what we might do together in the future.  It was encouraging to have the recognition of the commemoration programmes that a dance project could take a major place among artistic […]

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Butterflies and Bones review: blood and thunder

As each of the six lithe performers, four men and two women, quietly declares “I am Roger Casement” we are at the heart of Fearghus O’Conchúir’s choreographic intent: to create a highly physical and visual performance where dance embodies and explores the multiple meanings of that life. This incorporates the symbolic, the gendered and the social aspects, then and now.

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