i ride in colour and soft focus, no longer anywhere

i ride in colour and soft focus, no longer anywhere (2017)

2018 Palais de Tokyo, Paris 26 april / Mousonturm in Frankfurt 28 april / Take Me Somewhere festival, Tramway, Glasgow 1 june / impulstanz festival, Vienna 7 and 9 august

LastYearzInterestingNegro_i ride in colour and soft focus, no longer anywhere_Palais de Tokyo_Image 2 by Ayka Lux

body as oracle, a trance, a rhythmic interface, an atmosphere, a landscape with the texture of my current mental state. a dance informed by everything and everyone i have ever encountered, seen, heard, felt, been beside that has become part of me, as i try to identify my own voice. and then see if i can stand it. nothing ever really goes away.

a choreography that prioritises density over going anywhere, noise over silence, now over yesterday and pleasure over doing it right.

a meditation on osmosis and internalisation, the responsibilities of blackness and queerness, the pressure to ‘take space’, the feeling of being possessed by other people’s fantasies and the fear that my own would just be too rude.


Photo at top Ayka Lux. Second image Katarzyna Perlak and Carlos Jimenez.

commissioned by Fierce Festival and the Marlborough. supported with funding from Arts Council England

premiere 19 October 2017

concept, choreography and performance: Jamila Johnson-Small music: Phoebe Collings-James, Josh Anio Grigg, Jamila Johnson-Small, Junior XL, Nkisi, Shelley Parker lighting design: Jackie Shemesh sound design: Josh Anio Grigg sculpture: Joey Addison video: Jamila Johnson-SmallDavid Panos

i ride in colour and soft focus, no longer anywhere (trailer) from lastyearzinterestingnegro on Vimeo.

the work was first presented at Dance Umbrella in partnership with RichMix on the 8th and 9th October 2016. performed at Live Collision, Dublin (December 2016).

responses to the show from


Ian Abbott

Ramsay Burt

Tia-Monique Uzor



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