The paradox behind the Tabernacle
Some advance publicity for Tabernacle has a bit too much emphasis on the issue of clerical abuse for choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir’s taste. The dance performance, which premieres tonight as part of the Dublin Dance Festival, is about “the Catholic Church and the making of the Irish body”.
“It would be naive to think that you could make a work about the Catholic Church in Ireland without referring to [clerical abuse],” he says. “But I’m aware that there might be expectations that I’ll be taking on the institution on behalf of the victims.”
That’s not Ó Conchúir’s style. His recent project, Bodies and Buildings, focused on how the changing architecture in Dublin’s Docklands has transformed the relationship between individuals and the built environment. It wasn’t a broadside at what we lost during the boom times. Instead, he encouraged re-evaluation by simply placing his dancing body within the evolving architecture and allowing that juxtaposition to remind viewers of the human stories that were being destroyed by construction.
read more here in The Irish Times