Fearghus Ó Conchúir Choreographer and Dance Artist
September 10, 2023

Art of Sport – Artists’ Talk at the Butler Gallery

It’s an honour and frankly a buzz to have Abú be presented in the Art of Sport exhibition, curated by Anna O’Sullivan, at the Butler Gallery as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival this year. The exhibition features beautiful work by a range of major international artists from Ireland and abroad, including Paul Pfeiffer, Julian Opie, Amelia Stein, Colm McAthlaoich, Dorothy Cross, Mandy O’Neill and Martin Parr. To have our dance work there, presented with impact on specially constructed screens and with Murli’s music filling the gallery, is testimony to the ability of dance to resonate with a wide range of audiences and in the most refined of artistic contexts. I’m also pleased to be able to show that work that’s created out of sensitive local and specific engagement can take its place in a global cultural conversation. Hurray for Abú and everyone who helped make it.

Anna O’Sullivan hosted an Artists’ Talk with Colm McAthlaoich, Mandy O’Neill and me as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival. I enjoy these talks when artists find unexpected connections between their different approaches, and when audiences offer new perspectives on what we’ve made and so it proved for me on this occasion too.

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