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FEARGHUS Ó CONCHÚIR

The Casement Project

June - November 2016

LONDON / DUBLIN / BELFAST

Image credit: Matthew Thompson.

The Casement Project

Image credit: Matthew Thompson.

In 1916, British knight, Irish rebel and international humanitarian Roger Casement was hanged in Pentonville Prison. Knighted for exposing human rights abuses in the Congo and the Amazon, his support for Irish nationalism during the First World War was a British scandal. His homosexuality was just as controversial.

One hundred years later, Butterflies and Bones: The Casement Project used dance to imagine a national body that welcomes the stranger from beyond the border, as well as the stranger already inside. It used the queer body of Casement to address today’s questions of belonging and becoming, and to ask: Who gets to be in the national body? How can the national body move?

The Casement Project is dance at its most ambitious, a choreography of bodies and ideas that took place across multiple platforms and national boundaries. An award-winning creative team, a cast of internationally acclaimed performers and contributors from beyond the arts helped choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir to create five interconnected ways for people to be involved in The Casement Project: a stage performance, a celebratory festival of dance, a dance film, an academic symposium and a series of opportunities for the public to engage with and participate in the project.

Contains scenes of nudity.

Read more about Roger Casement

The Casement Project is produced by Fearghus Ó Conchúir in association with Project Arts Centre. It is an ART:2016 National Project supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, and its London presentation is supported by Culture Ireland, as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. It is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Its creation is also made possible through the generosity of Dr. R. Martin Chávez and supported by Dance Ireland; The Place, London; The British Library; National University of Ireland, Maynooth; Dublin City Council; Micro-Rainbow International; The National Archives, London.

Dates, Times & Locations

3 June 2016
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
Symposium

11 & 12 June 2016
The Place
17 Duke’s Road
London WC1H 9PY
Performance

13 October 2016
The Mac
Belfast
Northern Ireland
Performance

20 – 22 October 2016
Project Arts Centre
39 East Essex Street
Dublin 2, Ireland
Performance

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For more information on these and other upcoming Casement Project events, see www.thecasementproject.ie

Creative Team

Fearghus Ó Conchúir Concept and choreography
Ciaran O’Melia Designer
Alma Kelliher Composer & sound design
Mikel Aristegui, Theo Clinkard, Philip Connaughton, Bernadette Iglich, Matthew Morris, Liv O’Donoghue Performers
Cian O’Brien Executive Producer
Lian Bell Project Manager
Marcus Costello Production Manager
Annette Nugent Communications

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