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.
Last Yearz Interesting Negro alias Jamila Johnson-Small currently makes dances and works to create spaces (on stage, in corners, on screens, in rooms, in bodies) with no single direction and no clear intentions, harbouring no desire to be useful other than to make gestures towards decentralised power and non-hierarchical structures for existing. She is interested in surfaces, structures and the space/tension between things.
After the performance, Adelaide Bannerman, a curator from London, hosts an audience discussion where every audience member is warmly welcome!
Concept, choreography, direction, performance: Last Yearz Interesting Negro / Jamila Johnson-Small
Sound and technical design: Josh Anio Grigg
Light design: Jackie Shemesh
Music: Phoebe Collings-James, Josh Anio Grigg, Junior XL, Nkisi, Shelley Parker
Video: in collaboration with David Panos
Sculpture: Joey Addison
Commissioned by Fierce Festival and the Marlborough
Supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts
Presented in collaboration with Kanneltalo and Ehkä-production / XS Festival
(Image: Katarzyna Perlak, Carlos Jimenez)