Engagement is showing people things, talking to them and listening to how they respond. It is offering people experiences to surprise, challenge and delight them, as well as being open to being surprised, challenged and delighted by the encounter. It is creating the conditions where movement can happen, at physical, emotional, social and political levels.
As part of The Casement Project, Fearghus and the performers danced with LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers who are supported by Micro Rainbow International in London.
In Dublin, The Casement Project supported the work of Change of Address, a collective of artists (Moira Brady Averill, Oonagh Murphy and Maeve Stone) seeking to increase the visibility of refugees and asylum seekers in Irish society through inclusive, creative connections and events.
For Tocht Festival of Dance in April, Fearghus brought the audience behind the scenes of The Casement Project, whilst it was being created in Ireland and the UK. This work-in-progress presentation included live performance, video and an opportunity for questions and conversation about this ambitious project.
As part of Féile Fáilte, Fearghus worked with Kerry Council Council Arts Office and Siamsa Tíre to commission choreographer Catherine Young, to develop a participatory project for a group of dance enthusiasts and a performance – Welcoming The Stranger – shared on Banna Strand at Féile Fáilte on 23 July.
100 years to the week since Casement was executed (on August 3 1916), The Casement Project and Kilkenny Arts Festival presented two events to mark this event: firstly, A Wake for Roger Casement on Friday August 5, a club night with a twist to wake this rebel, human rights pioneer and gay icon in a fusion of dance music, word and song. Featuring Olwen Fouéré, Mangina Jones, Una Mullally and Fearghus Ó Conchúir (11.30pm until late).
Secondly, Body of Evidence, where historian Roy Foster, curator Barbara Dawson and choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir reflected on Casement’s extraordinary life and legacy in the company in the company of journalist Fintan O’Toole.
Le tacaíocht Ealaín na Gaeltachta agus cuireadh caoi ón Lab, thug Fearghus céardlann, taispeántas agus comhrá faoin Casement Project go dtí An Lab sa Daingean (17ú Nollaig)
Fearghus brought a workshop, performance and conversation about The Casement Project to An Lab, the Irish language Arts Centre in Dingle.
In general, Fearghus opened his rehearsal process to anyone who was interested in seeing the creation unfold. Fearghus continued this opening of the rehearsal process for The Casement Project, with open studio events taking place in London and Dublin.
When & Where
- 16 February 2016
- DUE PROCESS (Change of Address), Axis Ballymun, Dublin 11
- 21 April 2016
- Tocht Festival of Dance, Siamsa Tire, Tralee, Co. Kerry
- 5 August 2016, 11.30pm
- A Wake for Roger Casement, Set Theatre, Kilkenny
- 6 August 2016, 3pm
- Body of Evidence, Parade Tower, Kilkenny