Niche is a dance about finding your place. Its cast, like Dubliners new and old, adapt to changed circumstances in a choreography that is as tough, quirky and unexpectedly beautiful as the city itself. Made in Dublin’s Docklands in the last days of a boom that transformed the urban landscape and changed the lives of people who had to find their way in it, Niche returns to its origins to show a spirit that survives.
In addition to his own choreography, he has danced for other companies such as Adventures in Motion Pictures, Catapult Dance Company, Ciotóg, Claire Russ Ensemble and Arc Dance Company, where he was assistant to the choreographer, Kim Brandstrup.
He was the first Ireland Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme and continues to contribute to the programme as a facilitator and speaker. He is a current Board member of The BBC Performing Arts Fund and of Dance Digitial and a former board member of Project Arts Centre, of Create and of Dance Ireland. He was a reporter for Imeall, TG4′s flagship arts programme. He is one of the choreographers supported by Modul-dance, the network of European dancehouses and by the E-motional Bodies and Cities.
His major creative preoccupation has been the relationship between bodies and buildings in the context of urban regeneration, a preoccupation that has manifested itself in film and in live performance in Europe, the US and China. In 2011, he premiered Tabernacle at the Dublin Dance Festival and toured the work across Europe. He has also collaborated with photographer Dan Dubowitz to make a film-based installation in response to the Martello Towers of England’s East Coast. Bodies and Buildings – a solo exhibition of his dance film work – took place at Rua Red Gallery.
In 2012, he premiered Starlight, a site-specific promenade performance in Firkin Crane, for the Cork Midsummer Festival and in 2013 he premiered and continues to tour Cure. Fearghus is part of Project Catalyst, the Associate Artist initiative of Project Arts Centre. He is a PhD student at NUIM with the support of an IRC Employment-based Scholarship.
The Optimists: Sean Bagnall, Elisabetta Bisaro, Maria Bota, Maggie Breathnach, Dominic Campbell, Gilly Clarke, Dr Tom Clonan, Daghdha Dance Company, Mairéad Devlin, Eithne Doyle, Dan Dubowitz, Jack Gilligan, Shay Healy, Rachel Holstead, Chris Hurley, Fiona Kearney, Duncan Keegan, Jo Mangan, Mermaid Arts Centre, David McKenna, Matthew Morris, Katherine O’Malley, Daragh Ó Conchúir, Cian Ó Conchúir, Niamh O’Donnell, Eve O’Kelly, Éimhín Towey, Willie White, Richard Wakely, Waterford County Arts Office, Loretta Yurick and Robert O’Connor, to Dublin City Council and Dance Ireland and to Jarek and Stéphane who helped make the piece.