Bodies and buildings: Fearghus O Conchuir’s choreography

Posted by Ian on Mar 26, 2010 in blog | No Comments

A colleague of mine has for the last few years been dedicating his creative career to the development of dance performance responding to the built environment. His blog Bodies and Buildings tracks a number of amazing projects Fearghus has initiated around the world, often addressing disused, ruinous, monumental and heritage spaces. Here are a selection of Fearghus’ recent work.

Match – Croke Park, Dublin
This work by Fearghus is set in the national sporting stadium in Dublin. Originally dedicated solely to the Gaelic Games, Fearghus’ work resonates both universally for its exploration of physicality in sports and the beauty of aggressive (and perhaps male) interaction, but it also resonates with national heritage tones and the aspirations of the Irish state. I find the lack of audience particularly powerful.

An almost Osage Gallery – Beijing, China
On the airport side road, near Chaochangdi, there’s a gallery complex with this unfinished gallery space. I was told that the Osage chain of galleries rented it for two years with the intention of opening a new branch there but the downturn stopped that. A little shimmying under a gate and the distraction of a small car crash on the adjoining road helped me get in.
There were barking dogs initially that raised my adrenaline level but they and I settled down to appreciate the birdsong and rustling leaves with the background rumble of traffic. The lighting is particularly theatrical.

Tattered Outlaws – Leinster coastline, Ireland
This an RTE news report on Fearghus’ project to activate the dormant architectures of Ireland’s martello towers. Indexing military, British and conflict histories, the martello towers now have many various uses from museums to private homes to forgotten and dilapidated spaces.

Here is a video of the installation at the Skerries tower in Dublin.

Pick’n’Mix – London
This is a documentary of Fearghus’ project reactivating a disused Woolworth’s store in his local area in London.

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