Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila Johnson-Small present O
Years ago, a respectable music critic in Time Out was questioning the politic in his music album preview, ending severely about the equation art + politic = dodgy. Unfortunately, in that specific case, he was right. As a picture researcher for that album, that painful critic allowed me to revise my politics on politic = how to address a political issue in art. Not just throwing “crudely” something at people’s face!
What freaks me out at present is the formatting of the pseudo-political = using poverty, race, gender, mental health issues, drinking-drug abuse to obtain attention-money, and at worst sparkling über glam theories... A new genre of capitalism, more underground is being born, using the precarious conditions to discriminate!
Ok, it’s Monday, it smells of cold sun and PR just told me I can’t see Willis Earl Beal = too many journalists (and yet a few who actually bothered to write up) on press list + gig sold out = am fucked! That is the correct equation.
The good news is that little by little, I’m surfing on some right tracks. It takes time when you leave a place for so long to re-adjust and trust.
Saturday October 5 = Dance + Politics: Performance & Discussion - Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila Johnson-Small present O - A duet exploration about being black, mixed and female addressing awkward and uncomfortable everyday experiences induced with choreography at Chisenhale Dance Space.
“Putting sexual objectivity to bed with a bang”. And the show starts with a posture and then they dance and then they wonder if they are avoiding things?
Alexandrina and Jamila are dance makers using their bodies as political body language. They challenge the fact that as body mover women they/we have to justify what they/we do/create and why they/we do it. Possibly bearing a resemblance of Jan Fabre’s My Body, My Blood, My Landscape with a hint of Laura Mulvey // Peter Wollen’s Riddles of the Sphinx (see post on 19 September).
O invent, re-invent and deny ourselves, finding different ways of just Being.
O is an ongoing struggle that is scandalous, confused and joyous.
After the show there will be a discussion titled Feminism and Dance - have things improved? chaired by Jacky Lansley with guests Anna Furse, Charlotte Vincent and Alex and Jamila.
Also on October 5 & 12 Improvising Politics: An Exploration of Somatic Citizenship, workshops with Hamish MacPherson
Saturday 5 October 2013: 7pm. Ticket Price: £8. Please book in advance on: 020 8981 6617 // Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
More info = http://www.chisenhaledancespace.co.uk/project/the-big-30-dance-politics-performance-and-discussion
This is part of THE BIG 30 @ Chisenhale Dance Space - For more details of events, go to = www.chisenhaledancespace.co.uk
Chisenhale Dance Space, 64-84 Chisenhale Road, London E3 5QZ.
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