Fearghus Ó Conchúir Choreographer and Dance Artist

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April 29, 2024

Tearmann Aiteach/ Queer Sanctuary Dance Limerick Residency

3-7 June,
Dance Limerick

Fearghus and Isabella will continue the developing a new performance of their Tearmann Aiteach/ Queer Sanctuary practice at Dance Limerick.  They will be working with theatre maker and designer, Choy Ping Ní Chléirigh Ng, lighting designer Gearóid Ó Hallmhuráin and fashion designer Gregor Pituch to prepare events for the autumn with details to be announced soon.

March 23, 2024

Tearmann Aiteach/ Queer Sanctuary Ceist Residency Dance Cork – Firkin Crane

Ceist Residency
Dance Cork Firkin Crane
25 – 29 March

Sharing on Friday 29 March at 6pm.

Tearmann Aiteach / Queer Sanctuary is a choreographic process exploring how to make welcoming spaces of queer sanctuary that support flourishing solidarity and spritely sparkle.
Isabella Oberländer is a dance artist whose choreography and performance practice have aligned her work with a range of queer and feminist art-making in Ireland. Fearghus Ó Conchúir is a dance artist whose work has investigated the politics of gay experience in Ireland.
Isabella will teach a class on Thursday 28 March 11am – 12.30pm, tickets €5
Isabella and Fearghus will present a free end of residency Sharing on Friday 29 March at 6pm. Please email boxoffice [at] firkincrane.ie if you would like to attend.
Developed with the support of the Arts Council, Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and Dance Cork Firkin Crane.

January 24, 2024

Encounter of Dance and Drawing Performance at Project Space #3 Centre Culturel Irlandais

Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
Thurs 7 March 2024
Opening/Vernissage from 6.30pm to 9pm

Admission free

Exhibition open until 7 April:
Mon-Sun: 2pm-6pm
Wed: 2pm-8pm

For the opening of CCI’s Project Space #3, Fearghus will perform with visual artist Gabriel Schmitz in an event of live dance and live drawing. Throughout the first half of 2024, in the run-up to the Paris Olympics, the CCI’s main exhibition room is transformed into an evolving space dedicated to experimental projects: installations, performances and conversations will follow one another over the weeks and months in order to explore the links between artistic and sporting expression.
The Project Space will also feature Fearghus’s GAA-based dance video works, Match and Abú

December 19, 2023

Micro Rainbow presentation at NSCD CONFERENCE 2024

Northern School of Contemporary Dance CONFERENCE 2024
Thursday 11th January 2024 – Friday 12th January 2024

As part of the NSCD Conference on Arts & Citizenship, Fearghus and Micro Rainbow Dance Ambassador, Lister will present on the Body and Movement programme for LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers. The programme was initiated as part of The Casement Project and has developed into a Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded four year programme with NGO Micro Rainbow, in London, Birmingham and Cardiff, led by a group of LGBTQ+ dance artists.

This conference seeks to address how notions of arts citizenship can bring new agendas to research.

November 05, 2023

Abú at Lightmoves Festival

Short Films Programme 2: Imprints
Lightmoves Festival
November 10 2:30pm
Dance Limerick, St. John’s Church, John’s Square
Book here

As part of Lightmoves Festival 2023, Abú will be screened alongside five short films.

October 09, 2023

Tearmann Aiteach/Queer Sanctuary at Tipperary Dance Festival

Tearmann Aiteach/Queer Sanctuary
National Dance Platform Ireland Showcase
Tipperary Dance Festival
STAC Chapel, Davis Road, Kickham Plaza, Clonmel
17:00, Fri Oct 13, 2023,
Book here

The National Dance Platform Ireland showcases performances by emerging and established Ireland-based artists. This year, Zoë Ashe-Browne, Magdalena Hylak, Isabella Oberländer & Fearghus O Conchuir, Liz Roche, Amir Sabra and John Scott are all invited to showcase an extract of a piece, or work in progress of their brand new work.

August 08, 2023

Abú in The Art of Sport

The Art of Sport
Kilkenny Arts Festival 2023
12 August – 10 October
Butler Gallery, Evans’ Home, Kilkenny

Abú, Fearghus’ work for Step Up 2022, will be screened as part of The Art of Sport, an exhibition curated by Butler Gallery director Anna O’ Sullivan that explores how artists have captured the spirit of sport in their work conveyed through . The exhibition features an eclectic fusion of both Irish and international artists that will populate the Main Gallery with works in disparate mediums such as video, photography, painting, print and sculpture. The exhibition is presented as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival 2023.

August 01, 2023

Step Up Dance Project: Performance of Riverine by Maria Nilsson Waller

Step Up Dance Project 2023
Dance Limerick, St John’s Square
2 and 3 August, 19:30
Book here

‘Riverine’ explores the concept and realities of rivers. Drawing on the vital importance of the river Shannon for the city of Limerick, choreographer Maria Nilsson Waller has worked with the company of this year’s Step Up Project to cast a wider net that examines the idea of flow, of embodying a place and collaborating with nature.

The structure of the piece follows the journey of streams joining together, forming themselves into the River Shannon. In a flow of constantly falling, rolling and circling it hits Limerick under the moonlight, taking inspiration from everyday life and mythology. Eventually it dissolves into the ocean, only to return to land again with the wind and new dawn.

Step Up is a programme of professional development for recent dance graduates from Ireland or based in Ireland. Curated this year by Fearghus Ó Conchúir, it introduces audiences in Ireland to a group of fresh dance talent that will enrich the country’s dance ecology for years to come. Since it began in 2011, the project has helped over 70 talented young dance graduates to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice, and to assist them in building networks that support a professional career.

Choreographer Maria Nilsson Waller presents Riverine, a Step Up 2023 piece to be premiered at Dance Limerick
Choreography Maria Nilsson Waller
Performed by Ghaliah Conroy, Fionnuala Doyle Wade, Saoirse Lambkin O’Kane, Ben Sullivan and Jessie Thompson
Step Up curator Fearghus Ó Conchúir
Rehearsal director Lucia Kickham
Music Stace Gill and Ross Dowling / The Sei
Costume design Ella Daly
Photography Maurice Gunning
Production management & Lighting design Gearoid O Hallmhurain
Sound engineering Jacob Woulfe
Communications Leonor Miralles

The Step Up Dance Project is a collaboration between Dance Limerick, the Irish World Academy, Dance Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland.

July 04, 2023

The Space Programme 2023 Paris Edition

The Performance Corporation’s Collaborative Artists Residency
Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
24 June – 3 July

Fearghus will be part of Performance Corporation’s SPACE Programme. The programme is a professional development residency for artists and creative technologists with a focus on collaboration across form and medium. This highly successful residency has been delivered by The Performance Corporation in Ireland since 2008. Artists are given the opportunity to explore, re-examine and extend working practices, processes, ideas, partnerships and collaborations without pressure to create ‘product’ within a fixed time frame.

Since 2018, The SPACE Programmes has had a specific focus on augmented, mixed and virtual reality technologies, as well as binaural sound exploration, Motion Capture and more; allowing the artists involved to develop skills in storytelling and immersive interaction in these new and exciting media.

As well as hands-on work with the technology on offer, guest facilitators, artists and cultural leaders from France and further afield will guide the professional development and inter-disciplinary collaborations. Participants will engage with local artists, programmers and cultural leaders, with the aim of engaging with different cultural and artistic contexts, thus opening up new creative horizons and allowing for new connections and collaborations.

June 08, 2023

Festival of Ideas, Centre Culturel Irlandais

Festival of Ideas
15 – 17 June 2023 (10h30 to 22h30)
Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
Booking here

As part of the three day festival at CCI, Fearghus will be joining a panel on Irish language and identity chaired by Aoife Ní Ghloinn. Also on the panel are Irish-Nigerian broadcaster Ola Majekodunmi, Professor Fionntán de Brún (Maynooth University) and poet Ciara Ní É. The panel takes place at 1400 on Saturday 17 June