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In Conversation

Image by Rowan Briscoe

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Xavier de Sousa and Andre Neely discuss their research into performative action and environmental activism.

In residence at Toynbee Studios throughout 2 Degrees Festival, the artists explore how climate protest and performative action can lead to domino-effect replications and the ethics of reproducing political protests/actions in arts contexts.

As artists making political work and work focused on histories of protest as an event, Xavier and Andre ask: 'what are the political values and/or problematics of appropriating these radical histories into state or privately-funded festivals and organisations?'

Throughout the festival, they invite audiences and experts alike to contribute to their research on environmental and queer activism in public spaces. You are invited to join this discussion and directly engage with the research that they have undertaken.

This evening sharing will be followed by an open studio day on 8 June.

Read an interview with Andre Neeley about 2 Degrees Festival in Run Riot.


Andre Neely is an artist working predominantly in live performance, writing and time-based mediums. Currently occupied with reflective research on personal, collective and spatial healing practices, they seek new ways of finding togetherness between each other and the world around us in times of crisis. Andre has worked internationally with the National Theatre of Lisbon, V&A Museum, Tate Modern, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Hebbel am Ufer Theatre, Cannes Film Festival, Fierce Festival and the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art and performed with artists including João Pedro Rodrigues, Rosana Cade, Antonija Livingstone, Okwui Okpokwasilli, Amanda Piña, Bojana Cvejić and Liz Rosenfeld.

@itsandreneely (Instagram)

Xavier de Sousa is a performance maker, curator and producer whose practice explores personal and political heritage and the dichotomies between the live experience and agency in the performance space. His solo practice includes theatre show POST (currently touring), and durational performance character Almost Xav (Southbank Centre, Latitude Festival). He is currently developing REGNANT (2019) & TIME/COLONIA (2020), two group pieces focused on collective representations of nationhood and adaptation. Xavier has collaborated and/or performed with Tino Sehgal, Lauren Barri Holstein, Rosana Cade, Tim Etchells amongst others.

@xavinisms (Twitter) | @xavinisms (Instagram)

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The venue is wheelchair accessible. This discussion takes place in a relaxed venue/café.

You can let us know your access requirements ahead of time by emailing


Date and time

5 June 2019

Please note
This is now a past event.


Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
London, E1 6AB
Tel: 020 7247 5102
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