JOY & DISSENT

at Hackney Downs Studios
on Talks | Physical Theatre | Dance Theatre | Contemporary | www.hackneyshowroom.com/joydissent
Address: Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT

Photo: www.hackneyshowroom.com/joydissent/

What does joyousness look like as a political performance strategy? Can joy or beauty be radical forms of protest? Or should resistance by its very nature be painful? Come and MEGA-LOL in the face of adversity or simply sob-chuckle into your laps. Let us bask in the light, plight and darkness of these incredible artists as they attempt to illuminate and embolden us.

Curated by Hackney Showroom Artistic Director Sam Curtis Lindsay and Associate Artist Malik Nashad Sharpe, JOY & DISSENT is an exuberant festival of live performance across dance, comedy, drag, spoken word, live art, physical theatre & workshops.

Hackney Showroom is a welcome addition to dance programming in London with its focus on supporting exciting emerging dance artists and showcasing work that is not put on anywhere else. Can JOY be a radical form of protest? Or should resistance by its very nature be painful? A new and provocative festival with a strong emphasis on new dance as well as physical theatre and live art.

JOY & DISSENT is co-curated with Hackney Showroom by performer and choreographer Malik Nashad Sharpe (aka Marikiscrycrycry) who writes:

“This festival is about using the material, the body, the stage, the air and the witness, to suggest a new kind of strategy (DISSENT DISSENT DISSENT) to emerge new worlds.”

Born in New York City, now based in London, Malik is currently a Fierce Fwd Artist (2017), and an Associate Artist at Hackney Showroom (UK). His work aims to complicate the political narratives placed on bodies, and is particularly invested in the collusion of blackness and queerness, and ‘allostatic load’ – the wear and tear of a body when exposed to repeated stress.

Malik will perform two pieces as part of the closing weekend of short performances, JOY SHORTS I & II (Friday 2 April / Saturday 3 April), along with more dance from playful young company Dalston Ballet, and the strip-teasing ‘bear dances’ of Thomas Körtvélyessy.

Hackney Showroom
Hackney Downs Studios
Amhurst Terrace
London E8 2BT
Website: www.hackneyshowroom.com
Email: hello@hackneyshowroom.com
Telephone: 020 3095 9747

FULL LIST OF PERFORMANCES please click here

DANCE HIGHLIGHTS at JOY & DISSENT
SATURDAY 1 APRIL
Daniel P. Cunningham – Salvation: Shamanic Striptease
A lap-dancing show that interrogates white African identity with ‘liberating’ incantations. ‘Blends Charles Manson charm with Ali G rudeboy behaviour’ – Time Out.

THURSDAY 6 APRIL
4-6pm / Studio / £12
Carmel Köster & Rene Köster – Dance Workshop
Explore your own identity through dance including voguing, butoh and contemporary styles.
6.30-8pm / Showroom Studio / £10

FRIDAY 7 APRIL
7.30pm / Showroom Big Space / £12
JOY! Shorts I
Short performances including:
Ckin2U & Chloé LaGucci & Alex Lenkemz – Werq in Progress
What if the subjectivity of our choreography, especially as it relates to difficult, and tense political upheaval in Europe, could be replaced with unrelenting, cunty, queer, non-conforming fierceness?

In between messing with your mangoes, Dalston Ballet create original work for live performance, to explore ideas around philosophy, sexual politics and notions of dramaturgy.
Thomas Körtvélyessy – medvetánc [bear dance] degrees of (in)tangiblity : Savage
Drawing from Eurasian traditions of bear dances and dancing bears, Hungarian-German choreographer Thomas Körtvélyessy performs a striptease about personal desire.

Alessandro Marzotto Levy – Slit Smile
A movement-based solo performance exploring the deep-rooted subversive potential of joy on the assumption that any deliberate suppression of joy is the mark of tyranny and dull-faced conformism.

SATURDAY 8 APRIL
7pm / Showroom Big Space + Studio / £12 / Closing party FREE for ticket-holders or £5 on door
JOY! Shorts II
Short performances including:
Thomas Körtvélyessy – medvetánc [bear dance] degrees of (in)tangiblity : Savage
Drawing from Eurasian traditions of bear dances and dancing bears, Hungarian-German choreographer Thomas Körtvélyessy performs a striptease about personal desire

Marikiscrycrycry/Malik Nashad Sharpe – SAD KING
A solo choreography that is the result of intensive movement investigation as a means to arrive towards the political discourse imprinted onto my body and looks at the very material of joyousness, and all of its slippages.
Marikiscrycrycry/Malik Nashad Sharpe – $elfie$”
$elfie$” is a solo choreography that is built at the intersection of blackness, queerness, and post-nationalist desire.

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