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The Casement Project: How can the national body move?

29 February 2016

British civil servant, Roger Casement was famed for his reports on the abuse of indigenous people in colonised countries and even gained a knighthood for his efforts from King George V.

However his status as a humanitarian hero was short lived; Casement spent April to August 1916 in Pentonville Prison and he was hanged for his dedication to the Irish Nationalist cause. Many influential people petitioned for a reprieve for Casement, however copies of diaries alleged to be Casement’s, recording homosexual practices, were circulated, it is said, by the British government to defuse the campaign for a reprieve.

Choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir uses the complicated legacy of Casement to ask contemporary questions of nationalism and belonging in The Casement Project. Ó Conchúir uses the queer body to explore ideas of nationalism and belonging and to ask: Who gets to be in the national body? How can the national body move?

See The Casement Project in London, Dublin & Belfast.

Click here to find out more about The Casement Project.

 

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