The Casement Project, an ambitious new work by Fearghus Ó Conchúir, involves a choreography of bodies and ideas whose manifestations take place across multiple platforms and national boundaries. In the context of the centenary commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising and of the First World War, this choreography reflects on the relationship between nationalism and the body: Who gets to be in the national body? Whose body represents the nation? How does the national body move? How permeable are its borders?
The stage presentation of The Casement Project is a choreography of six internationally acclaimed performers, with an award-winning team of creative collaborators.
The work uses as guide and inspiration the queer body of British knight, Irish rebel and international humanitarian, Roger Casement. Through his already international profile, exposing human rights abuses in the Congo and the Amazon, it becomes possible to connect the aspirations of the 1916 Rising with global questions of justice and to explore the possibilities of a national body that is inclusive, dynamic and permeable to otherness.
Brought up in the Ring Gaeltacht, Fearghus Ó Conchúir completed degrees in English and European Literature at Magdalen College Oxford, before beginning a career as a choreographer. Frequently collaborating with artists and experts from other disciplines, he is a champion for what dance can help us understand about how we live in the world. His film and live performances, presented around the world, create frameworks for audiences and artists to build communities together.
The Casement Project is produced by Fearghus Ó Conchúir in association with Project Arts Centre. It is a National Project supported by the Arts Council of Ireland as part of Ireland 2016. Its creation is also supported by Dance Ireland, The Place Theatre, London, The British Library, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Dublin City Council, Micro-Rainbow International, The National Archives, London. The presentation of The Casement Project in London is supported by Culture Ireland.
Hospitable Bodies: The Casement Symposium
Date: Friday June 3 (10am-5pm)
Venue: The British Library, Foyle Suite, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
Tickets: Free, registration required: www.theplace.org.uk/whats-on/hospitable-bodies
Hospitable Bodies: The Casement Symposium is supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. It is presented in partnership with the British Library and The Place, London.
Butterflies and Bones: The Casement Project
Date: Saturday June 11 (8pm) and Sunday June 12 (4pm)
Venue: The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, London WC1H 9PY, UK
Tickets: Stg£16/12, book at www.theplace.org.uk/whats-on/fearghus-ó-conchúir
Information: 70 mins, no interval. Contains nudity.
Post performance talk with the company on Sunday June 12.