Fearghus Ó Conchúir Choreographer and Dance Artist

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Unreeled at Uilinn/ West Cork Arts Centre

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When I was asked by Luke Murphy if I’d like to present something at a season of dance he was curating at Uilinn – West Cork Arts Centre, I was keen to accept but to also make clear that over … read more…

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Layering, filaments – AR and Dance Research

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When I saw that the Lightmoves Screendance Festival was expanding its programme to support  research on work that combined dance and digital technologies, I recognised that it was an opportunity for Rob Eagle and me to continue the work on … read more…

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A space to dance in

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I want to claim a space for the validity of moving together, of rediscovering the pleasure and necessity of that wordless connecting (alongside useful spoken conversation), of retuning our antennae. It’s not the time for me to design performance. It’s the time to cherish, nurture and celebrate the value of corporeal connection – not just for those of us for whom dance is a profession but all of us read more…

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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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