Fearghus Ó Conchúir Choreographer and Dance Artist

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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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Developing Latex(2020) – dancing again

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The latex sheet is a dance partner, with a physicality and capacity that feeds what’s possible in the choreography. In Cure, I would make an incision in the sheet at the end of each performance (one carefully marked out by Mags Corscadden, the stage manager) and then wear the sculpture over me. I’d kept the one from our last performance (in Hong Kong) and had an additional uncut sheet. As soon as I opened the bag in which I kept them, I remembered and felt the atmosphere the latex created – the smell of rubber and talc, the soft touch, the taste of salt from Stéphane’s section of Cure now mixed with my sweat on that sheet previously used in performance. read more…

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Cure – Recovering Through Others: Modes of Capture Symposium 2020

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At a time when I was doing a lot of strategic thinking for others, I was really nourished by Liz’s invitation to me as an artist to record a talk for the symposium. The idea of artists’ exchange and connection had been already on my mind as I thought about how to resource myself creatively in lockdown. I’d started to think about Cure, a solo I performed made through the support of others, and so I used the symposium as an opportunity to think about what interdependence and connection might mean in a time of enforced physical isolation. read more…

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Taking the time to Listen: Leading from a distance

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Hilary Carty, Director of the Clore Leadership Programme asked me if I would share a video of my thoughts on leadership in the current crisis. I wasn’t sure I had anything to offer, and didn’t want to be adding to the digital noise, but I thought I’d share my experience of uncertainty and vulnerability as a truth from which to build. read more…

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A video by Clwstwr on the Moving Layers Project

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Clwstwr put together this video after the first phase of our Moving Layer research read more…

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Moving Layers – Week 2

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Working on this research has allowed an engagement with the intimate, the playful, the poetic, as well as the risky, the provocative and the uncertain. As well as continuing to develop our particular experience for audiences and participants, I think there’s scope for us to share this approach to immersive and augmented technologies with other makers, developers and technologists to help to shape a more inclusive, diverse and embodied approach to how these technologies evolve and in evolving, change us. read more…

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Moving Layers – Clwstwr R&D NDCWales

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I came across Rob Eagle’s work through Twitter. I noticed that he was developing AR experiences with a queer edge. For NDCWales, working with Rob could be at once an opportunity to innovate in formats of dance creation and presentation and it could also bring gender diversity and sexuality into greater focus in the Company’s creative work.s.

We were interested in a notion of fluidity and liquidity, something that linked the distinctive quality of dance that can keep ideas, experiences and consequently identity in motion, and the potential of an augmented reality to transform experience. In that idea of fluidity, for me was also a sense of the queer as a verb – an action of deviation, of motion – rather than a noun – a label and fixed identity read more…

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