i ride in colour and soft focus, no longer anywhere

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





Performatik19, Kaaistudios, Brussels



impulstanz festival, Vienna


 Take Me Somewhere festival, Tramway, Glasgow


im*possible bodies, Mousonturm, Frankfurt


Palais de Tokyo, Paris



Kutomo, Turku


Baltic Circle, Kanneltalo, Helsinki


Premiere, Fierce Festival, Birmingham

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

Photo at Ayka Lux. First image Katarzyna Perlak and Carlos Jimenez.

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.

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

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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