‘Fearghus Ó Conchúir puts his own eloquent body firmly on the line in this exposing, sometimes moving journey from fall to recovery. We are absorbed by his hugely focused presence and arresting movement, each small gesture carefully controlled, each flexing muscle intimating a small step forwards or even sideways on the road to healing.’ The Irish Times
‘The lighting design is subtle and effective, and the soundtrack, which is occasionally unsettling, provides the perfect accompaniment to this performance. Fearghus Ó Conchúir is exceptional, a very talented performer….The piece was choreographed by a team of six, and there is a sense of the collaborative effort here. It is profoundly emotional, hopeful and thought-provoking, and is highly recommended.’ Una McMahon, entertainment.ie
‘A sequence of abstract meditations on the theme of recovery, bound together through the still centre that is Ó’Conchúir’s presence on stage, ‘Cure’ is not about the sum of its parts; rather, it’s about bringing attention to how necessary each of those individual, underlying parts are in the construction of a whole.’ Rachel Donnelly, DDF Blog
‘Visually and emotionally impacting work…raw, bewildering, edifying and shocking in turn. Ó Conchúir beguiles with an imaginatively crafted tale that is part nightmare, part fable’ CultureNorthernIreland.org
‘He thinks before he moves, he moves what he thinks. The “dance” is Ó Conchúir’s meticulous control of his muscles and joints. The “movements” are everything that proves his presence, from his breathing to his jetés. The contemplation and the honesty are what draw the audiences to him.’Joanna Lee, Stand News, Hong Kong
Cure is about the process of getting over challenges, about what’s needed to survive and about the journey in hope as much the arrival. It’s a work that emerges from the experience of collapse – personal, political, moral, economic – and, wondering what next, invites many different perspectives to look for the way ahead.
The project is unique in its continuation and transformation of the successful partnership between Fearghus and the exceptional creative team involved in his major work from 2011, Tabernacle. Fearghus has commissioned each of the 5 Tabernacle performers as well as the artist Sarah Browne to make a short new choreography for him. With the artists, Fearghus assembles the six pieces into an evening-length work, Cure, that premiered in the Dublin Dance Festival in May 2013.
Conceived and performed by Fearghus Ó Conchúir
Choreographers Mikel Aristegui, Sarah Browne, Elena Giannotti, Stéphane Hisler, Bernadette Iglich, Matthew Morris and Fearghus Ó Conchúir
Cure is produced by Fearghus Ó Conchúir in association with Project Arts Centre with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland, Dance Ireland, Limerick City Council, Tanzfabrik Berlin, The Place London and Snuff Puppets Melbourne,
You can follow the development of Cure on Fearghus’s blog