Interview: The Ballad of the Apathetic Son and his Narcissistic Mother

Tuesday 20 June 2017

21CC Mother Son by Niall Walker

We speak to 14 year old Raedie about dancing with his mum Lucy in The Ballad of the Apathetic Son and his Narcissistic Mother ‘a heart-stopping, hilarious piece of dance, movement and spoken word inspired by their joint love of the singer Sia’.

How did you first get into dancing?

I really enjoy movement and using my body to create performance. Apparently I’ve always expressed myself through movement and dance and when I was little would cry when I had to leave the dance floor.

How did The Ballad of the Apathetic Son and his Narcissistic Mother first came about?

My mum made me LOL, she wanted to find a way for us to work and get on better. I enjoy performing and making shows too. I’m very interested in pursuing this when I leave school.

Was it fun to create? How did you work together?

It had its moments. It was good. I was less excited about the rehearsal process but love performing the work. It’s really great collaborating with the other artists involved in it too and I know it’s cool. I feel most expressive in front of an audience.

How does it feel to be on stage performing with your mum (Lucy Gaizely)?

It’s totally different from what you would imagine. She is an artist so is comfortable with it but it took me a while. I’ve worked with her and my dad before but when I was little so it’s different. We argue sometimes even when we are performing, I guess you can only do that with your mum. I love it but wouldn’t tell my pals!

Do you have a favourite part of the show?

The final choreography is seven minutes and I do it alone and I love it. It’s a repeat motif of the opening choreography.

What’s next for you?

I will finish my exams next year and then focus my own arts practice. I’m part of a young people’s collective called Junction 25 and enjoy working in that way. I’m also interested in creative marketing and business studies. Making music, writing and singing is another passion.

The Ballad of the Apathetic Son and his Narcissistic Mother is at The Place as part of a double bill presented by 21CC on Wednesday 21 June.

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