Hospitable Bodies: The Casement Symposium

Fearghus Ó Conchúir The Casement Project

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A symposium, curated by choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir, discussing the body and the nation

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‘Sir Roger Casement, a fanatical Irish protestant, came to see us, remaining some two days our guest. He was a very handsome man with a thick, dark beard and piercing, restless eyes. His personality impressed me greatly. It was about the time when he was interested in bringing to light certain atrocities, which were taking place in the Belgian Congo. Who could foresee his own terrible fate during the war as he stood in our drawing room passionately denouncing the cruelties he had seen?’ Jessie Conrad

A hundred years after the execution of Roger Casement, this symposium brings together academics, artists and other public figures to discuss the body and the nation, particularly in relation to migration, human rights and the role of the artist as citizen.

Curated by choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir, the symposium is part of The Casement Project, a larger choreography of bodies and ideas that uses the queer legacy of British peer, Irish republican and international humanitarian Roger Casement to reflect on contemporary issues of belonging and becoming.

The Casement Project is an ambitious new work whose manifestations take place across multiple platforms and national boundaries. In the context of the centenary commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland and of the First World War against which the Rising took place, its choreography reflects on the relationship between nationalism and the body: Who gets to be in the national body? Whose body represents the nation? How does the national body move? How permeable are its borders?

The symposium programme weaves together lectures and discussions with work-in-progress from the project.

Fearghus Ó Conchúir was brought up in the Ring Gaeltacht in South-East Ireland and completed degrees in English and European Literature at Magdalen College Oxford, before beginning a career as a choreographer. Frequently collaborating with artists and experts from other disciplines, he is a champion for what dance can help us understand about how we live in the world. His film and live performances, presented around the world, create frameworks for audiences and artists to build communities together.

The Casement Project is produced by Fearghus Ó Conchúir in association with Project Arts Centre. It is a National Project supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon as part of Ireland 2016 Centenary Year. It is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, and is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Its creation is also made possible through the generosity of Dr R. Martin Chávez and supported by Dance Ireland, The Place Theatre, London, The British Library, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Dublin City Council, Micro-Rainbow International, The National Archives, London. The presentation of The Casement Project in London is supported by Culture Ireland.

Image courtesy of the National Library, Ireland


Name: Hospitable Bodies: The Casement Symposium
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