Fearghus Ó Conchúir
Fearghus Ó Conchúir
Fearghus Ó Conchúir, an independent choreographer and dance artist, has begun his artist in residency at Walthamstow Wetlands. As part of Wetlands Contemporary, an exciting and innovative arts programme at Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve, Ó Conchúir will engage with the theme of refuge - examining the Wetlands as a site of sanctuary for humans and non-humans and for regular and transient inhabitants.
During the residency, Ó Conchúir will be developing ideas, movement and partnerships that interact with and contribute to Walthamstow Wetlands’ art programme – using the site in surprising new ways, building local audiences, collaborating with local creativity and connecting it to a wider set of influences. Bringing his past experiences of developing embodied performance in a variety of sites, contexts and communities, Ó Conchúir hopes to generate innovative and fruitful connections between different people, different experiences and the human and non-human.
As part of the residency, Ó Conchúir will be exploring the Wetlands to create dances inspired by what he sees and experiences - dances ‘choreographed’ by the wildlife and by the reservoir infrastructure. Ó Conchúir will use dance to examine the balance between mobility and stability and the balance between quietness and creative energy that are both needed to support a place of refuge. As dance knows when to move and when to be still and as it helps bodies sensitize themselves to the environment that they’re sharing, it is very much a complementary art form to bring to the Wetlands, a place of sanctuary for wildlife and its visitors.
Ó Conchúir will become a familiar figure onsite spending periods at Walthamstow Wetlands over the next six months. He’ll be having conversations with some of the experts on site: the bird-watchers, anglers, Thames Water workers, visitors, volunteers and the London Wildlife Trust team as well as inviting other dancers, both professional and non-professional, to get involved. As part of his time at the Wetlands, Ó Conchúir will be delivering events, workshops and open studios. More information on these upcoming events can be found on the Walthamstow Wetlands website or on Ó Conchúir’s blog.