works

i ride in colour and soft focus, no longer anywhere (2016/17)

work for the stage

BASIC TENSION (in development 2017/18) 

an installation

Untitled 2016 

video

One Big Fist (2015)

video

Short live works:

Love Songs (2017)

a short dance for a raised stage

Untitled (alienation dances) (2017)

Untitled (2016)

An exorcism (2015)

Untitled (mourning dance) (2014)

Untitled (2013)

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i ride in colour and soft focus, no longer anywhere (2016/17)

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.

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

premiere 19 October 2017

music: Phoebe Collings-James, Josh Anio Grigg, Junior XL, Nkisi, Shelley Parker lighting design: Jackie Shemesh set sculptures: Joey Addison video: David 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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BASIC TENSION (in development 2017/18)

an installation

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BASIC TENSION is an installation space for a series of studies towards a solo stage work. These studies turn the questions driving my physical research outwards, to expose and disorientate, to tear at the edges of things and level some borders, to think about flow, to let some things in and to get some out, to access more ways of moving, thinking about moving, moving thinking and encountering dancing for performer and audience. I work with in-between spaces – things that exist in and through cracks in time/memory/attention, syncopation, trance states, internal narratives, electronic music and two-step dances, navigating bodies as object, animal, human, machine, environment, energy, to build atmospheric landscapes created by the live unfolding of the tensions between things that produce meaning.

Dances between control and abandon, a mediation on, and exit from, the cannon of ‘contemporary’ dance in an age of collapse, a search for refuge in a climate of total exposure. 

Working with fragments of surround sound and commissioned music, shattered injunctions for movement gathered from disparate observers, and set within ruins and blackness, the work embodies deep pessimism about existence in the current order whilst also searching for a way through and out.

I started this project wanting to make meditation tapes to calm my rampant alienation and to slow my racing thoughts but what does calm look like when you embody countless contradictions, conflicts and traumas and language can’t stretch to hold you and it was never your language anyway and you look out at the city and it is like your beating heart, complicated, congested and broken. Some things need to break and I don’t want space or distance but to assume my hybrid form right here. I want to break this space open. I want to be broken open, like Leeloo in The Fifth Element.

 

There is a dress code (black).

performed at the ICA 17 August 2017 with Stephanie McMann

music: Phoebe Collings-James, Josh Anio Grigg, Junior XL, Shelley Parker 

as an event at Live Art Bistro 1 July 2017 featuring performances by Hannah Buckley, Season Butler and Fernanda Munoz-Newsome

Made alongside the performance i ride in colour and soft focus, no longer anywhere, the research is a mining process into my body, memory and thought processes, tracing of the impact of the supposedly invisible legacies of racism, colonialism, misogyny, marginalisation, displacement, homophobia, blood memory, through histories, cultures and conventions of ‘black expression’ and through my body, treating it as archive and oracle.

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Untitled 2016

 

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One Big Fist (2015)

Accompanied by this text

Visions at the Nunnery, Autumn 2016

House of SWAGGA, BFI Flare, March 2016

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short dances in public (ongoing – send me an invite):

Love Songs (2017)

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Performed as part of DRAF’s (X) An evening of performances at KOKO, London, October 2017

 

Untitled (alienation dances) (2017)

Dream Babes, the Horse Hospital, March 2017

LTOPO15, London Topophobia, February 2017

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Steakhouse Live, Latitude Festival July 2016

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An Exorcism

a performance where you tell me what you want exorcised and i try to channel this through my body, into dance and out of your life.

The Drawing Shed, London, September 2016

Dark Behaviour, The Arches, Glasgow, May 2015

Steakhouse Live, The Yard bar, HackneyWickED, London, 2015

 

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Untitled (mourning dance) (2014)

a performance on the spot, repeated several times at different locations in the space over the course of drinking a bottle of Prosecco

London Topohobia 9, September 2014

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Untitled (2013)

a dance where only my buttocks are visible

Tits’n’Tinsel, Steakhouse Live, London, December 2013

 

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