On Stage

Butterflies and Bones: The Casement Project

In 1916, British knight Roger Casement was hanged in Pentonville Prison. Having achieved international recognition for exposing human rights abuses in the rubber trade of the Congo and of the Amazon, his support for Irish nationalism during the First World War was a scandal for the Empire that had knighted him. His sex with men was even more contentious both then and for many years after his death.

A hundred years later, Fearghus Ó Conchúir worked with an award-winning creative team and a cast of exceptional performers to imagine a national body that welcomes the stranger. It used the queer body of Casement and his rich and complicated legacy to address today’s questions of belonging and becoming. Using dance to set in motion the fixed images and representations of the past, this dance work invited us to imagine what we need for a future that allows diverse individual bodies to flourish together.

Creative Team

Fearghus Ó Conchúir
Fearghus Ó Conchúir with the dancers
Ciaran O’Melia
Sound design
Alma Kelliher
Mikel Aristegui, Theo Clinkard, Philip Connaughton, Bernadette Iglich, Matthew Morris, Liv O’Donoghue.

Produced in association with Project Arts Centre

When & Where

11, 12 June, 2016
The Place, London [UK]
23 July, 2016
Féile Fáilte, Banna Strand, Co. Kerry
2 September, 2016
Tanzmesse 2016 (open studio), Dusseldorf [Germany]
13 October, 2016
Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival [Northern Ireland]
20-22 October, 2016
Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Event Partners

  • The Place
  • Culture Ireland
  • Dance Ireland
  • 14-18 NOW