Fearghus Ó Conchúir Choreographer and Dance Artist

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Surviving or Thriving Podcasts

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One of the best things about taking part in the Surviving and Thriving Panel was that, though online, it was an opportunity for some of the dance community to gather. Though our focus was on positive strategies for survival, there was no attempt to paper over the loss, the confusion of uncertainty, the destabilising realities we’re experiencing. read more…

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Addressing the Nations

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Dancing is an art form of liveness and aliveness. I can’t help but look at my personal history now and see that dancing has been a way for me to respond to grief, to be alive and dancing while that is possible, knowing that it will not be possible indefinitely. read more…

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Residency Centre Culturel Irlandais – Triptych

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Working on video is a way to amplify the dancing when I don’t have access to other performers, a way to grow from the singular. And it’s interesting that despite the potential megalomania of multiplying myself, the choreographer in me pays less attention to me as an individual performer in the triptych I’ve made. read more…

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Residency Centre Culturel Irlandais – Autumn

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In traditional Chinese cosmology, Autumn is the time to let go, slow down and nourish oneself. My room faces the courtyard of the CCI where I can see the chestnut trees shed their russet leaves, preparing for winter. read more…

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‘We find ourselves at the centre of one another’

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Since arriving in Paris to start my residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, I’ve been mostly in Zoom meetings. Happily being part of those conversations is also enriching and stimulating and I think more so because I’ve cleared space around them that allows me to reflect on their impact, their resonances, their calls to action, their hints at future direction. Having space allows me to hear better and notice more. read more…

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Bodies and Buildings renewed

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When I applied for the Hatch residency at Dance Ireland earlier on this year, I was aware that I wanted to use it as an opportunity to reconnect with parts of my archive – the kinds of things I done … read more…

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In a studio

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For the first time since March, I got to dance in a studio today. It was still familiar. And it felt great. read more…

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Understory

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Understory is a project conceived and realised by dance artists who were aware of how difficult it would be for many people entering the profession at a time when it’s so hard for that community to come together in work, rehearsal or play. read more…

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Annwyl i mi: Passing it on

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This week Faye Tan and Camille Giraudeau from NDCWales, are using movements from Annwyl i mi to teach young dancers in a summer school organised by The Place. As I think of young people learning movement impulses and material from work I helped create, I see a community of experiences concentrated into individual bodies, lived and processed by those bodies – including my own – and passed now to others in an exciting expansion whose impact I won’t ever see. read more…

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Hatch2020 – Dance Ireland Residency

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Hatch2020 recognises that reflection and renewal is part of the dance artist’s work. It’s an investment in mulch and not just in blossoms and harvest. It recognises that an artist’s lifecycle needs to be nurtured and I appreciate that very much. read more…

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