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In 1916, British diplomat and Irish nationalist Roger Casement was hanged in Pentonville Prison. Knighted for exposing human rights abuses in the Congo and Amazon, his support for Irish nationalism during WW1 was a British scandal.
His sex with men was even more scandalous. A hundred years later, The Casement Project uses dance to imagine a national body that welcomes the stranger – from beyond the border, as well as the one already inside.
It uses the queer body of Casement to address today’s questions of belonging and becoming.
This new work, performed by six dancers, is part of larger choreography of bodies and ideas by Fearghus Ó Conchúir addressing the legacy of 1916, and is a major project in the national and international Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme and also part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s First World War Centenary Cultural Programme.
Contains nudity and adult themes. Recommended age: 16+
SUN 12 JUN Stay after the show for an informal chat with Fearghus and the cast. Free event.
Concept and choreography Fearghus Ó Conchúir
Designer Ciaran O’Melia
Composer & sound design Alma Kelliher
Performers Mikel Aristegui, Theo Clinkard, Philip Connaughton, Bernadette Iglich, Matthew Morris, Liv O’Donoghue
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, and its London presentation is supported by Culture Ireland, as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. It is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. It is made possible by the generosity of Dr R. Martin Chávez and is supported by Dance Ireland and The Place.
Times: Sat 11 Jun 8pm & Sun 12 Jun 4pm
Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Spring 16