This Lab has been postponed until Autumn 2018.
“Workshops terrify me. I don’t want to learn anything – I feel too old to be able to let anything in because after a few decades of being alive I have been exposed too much to the dubious power-relations in rooms supposedly for education and learning, I have realised that a lot of what I have learned has been some training in obedience and subliminal correction.”
– Jamila Johnson-Small
In this Lab, participants spend time tuning into shifts of power, energy and emotion, loosening the grip of ‘professionalism’ and thinking about processes of exchange – what we have, what we’ve taken, what we want, what we can leave behind.
Participants explore the in-between spaces, the things that slip through the cracks of time and memory, and the potential for dance to be a radical social practice.
Last Yearz Interesting Negro is the solo project of Jamila Johnson-Small. Her current research explores surrender as a strategy for destruction, producing states of alienation as part of this resistance.
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Last Yearz Interesting Negro is the solo project of Jamila Johnson-Small, she makes shows, atmospheric landscapes created by the live unfolding of the tensions between things that produce meaning. The work uses things that are already t/here and rearrange them in an effort to encounter some unholy combination that resonates with the horror, discomfort, cringe, confusion and sensuality of this contemporary moment and her position within it, opening up spaces in thinking, feeling, reading and dancing...
Her practice affects/disrupts/deflects/distorts/reflects the gaze(s) directed towards her body and the resultant choreographies are a stage or dreamspace or battleground for working through questions of presence, visibility, responsibility and pleasure, for situating and expanding (or dismantling) her ‘identity’ and turning it into theatre. She moves with an awareness that her dances will always be a lament for the histories her body represents, carries and conjures. Her current research is exploring surrender as a strategy for destruction and producing states of alienation as part of this resistance. The enemy is also within and the dances are driven by these strategies as internal processes.
Of Caribbean descent, born and based in London she has formed long term collaborations with other artists including Project O with Alexandrina Hemsley, immigrants and animals with Mira Kautto. More recently she performs in work by Fernanda Munoz-Newsome, runs HOTLINE with Sara Sassanelli, and GUSH, a semi-regular low-key DIY event. She is one of the Holding Space associate artists at The Showroom, a project initiated by Teresa Cisneros looking at equity and decolonial processes.