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This year 66 artists across 22 nights showcase bite-size premiere performances at London’s boldest dance theatre. Don’t miss the ultimate pick ‘n’ mix festival of live theatre!
Monica Tolia - A snake in the house means the family will never want
A multi-sensory performance blending visual art/sculptural costuming, dance & live electronica, the title of the work is based on an old Chinese proverb, and the departure point for articulating lived experiences & intimacies as Asian diaspora with cultural misunderstandings, intergenerational healing & transformation.
Opening with an audio voicenote of the artist’s mother reflecting on overwork, xenophobia & cultural invisibility through the semiotics of the snake & ingrained tendency of Hek Fu 吃苦 (transl.: eating bitterness), the song of the declining dialect of Toisanese forms the background to which the duo onstage perform a choreography suspended in repetitive mechanisms between work and ritual. Movement eventually departs into sensuous animalism, exploring what liberatory potential is there when we learn from & embody more than what is human. Wearing sculptural costuming illuminated by light, and shifting form with the dancer’s movements, the performance projects transformational imaginings of cultural & futuristic hybridity.
Artist: Monica Tolia
Choreography & performance: Ting-ning Wen & Monica Tolia
Sound: Monica Tolia
Voice-over: (Ma) Shao Ying Fong
Costuming: Monica Tolia
Originally commissioned & performed for Deptford X Festival 2021. Supported by Trinity Laban Ignite & NDT Broadgate.
Content Warning: This work contains flashing lights & smoke.
Nimi Collective - STILL falling from zero
STILL falling from zero is a multidisciplinary performance in conversation between the moving bodies and the progressive sounds. Questioning the value of movement in today's society the performers find themselves at the junctions of continuous changes in space, mechanics, speed and interpretation. The fragments of sounds circulating in the space are manipulated live by the performers, constructing seemingly disorganised soundscapes from scratch. Actions trigger sounds and sounds trigger actions, finding points of encounter between chaos and control while a nonsensical world is slowly being built.
Concept and Creation: Nimi Collective
Performers: Miia Mäkilä, Nikita De Martin, Valentina López, Katerina Sotiraki
Movement devising: Miia Mäkilä, Nikita De Martin
Music and Sound Design: Katerina Sotiraki, Valentina López
Lighting Design: Nikita De Martin
Costumes: Miia Mäkilä, Cat Winter, Berthe Fortin
Production Manager: Silvia Carradori
Contribution to the original creation: Cat Winter
Supported by Ugly Duck and Goldsmiths University
AURA - 7 ≈ 8
This performance is an immersive and ethereal experience, an ecosystem inhabited by the artist and the audience, where two intersected bodyscapes unfold, mapping her identity and circumscribing her transition. The piece’s scenography transports the audience to the absolute simplicity of a work about the body, mind, and soul. Proposing the attentive observation of acts such as awakening, breathing, raising, drying, moving, and unveiling that simultaneously contains boldness and vulnerability. The infinity-shaped water mirror, the emanating sound, the celestial gown, and the presence of the four natural elements contribute to an otherworldly atmosphere achieved by the use of time and meticulous sculpting of space. 7 ≈ 8 is the culmination of profound introspection and the courage to deconstruct and reconstruct one's own history, while sharing it.
Content Warning: This work contains smoke.
Stage Director: Hugo Veiga
Lighting Design: Nao Nagai
Sound: Sarah-Holly Sayeed
Scenography: Daisy Blower, Joe Fairweather-Hole, Molly Syrett, Joaquim Vieira da Fonseca
Scenography Assistants: Michal Drozd, Lydia Newman
Costume: Berthe Fortin, Amelia Cullen
Audiovisuals: Patrick Furness
Dramaturgy Support: Graeme Miller, Anna Furse, Mischa Twitchin
Special Thanks to Erick Clark (NHMF Laboratory). Produced at Goldsmiths, University of London, with the Production Support of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, GDA Foundation, Santander Universities. In Memory of Raimund Hoghe.
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This is a live performance in The Place theatre.
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Monica Tolia is a London-based visual artist, choreographer & organiser. Their multidisciplinary practice culminates into sensory installations and performances drawing on communal ritual acts, ecological, animist & Taoist spiritual themes as decolonial spaces. Their research is based on how non-Western knowledge practices can inform collective-building, deep connections & healing amongst human and more-than-human worlds. Recent commissions & awards include shapesLewisham Grant for Lunar New Year Festival (2022), a-n Artists Bursary (2022), Deptford X Festival (2021) & Trinity Laban Ignite Award (2021). Since 2021, they are co-founder of the ESEA diaspora collective ‘Have you eaten yet?’, organising performance events on the intersections of food, migration, art/activism & creating affectionate space.
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Nimi is a collective of four independent artists: Miia Mäkilä, Nikita De Martin, Katerina Sotiraki and Valentina López. Freshly established in the summer of 2021, Nimi Collective had the opportunity to present their first concept of STILL, Falling from 0 at the Cleave Festival as part of the MA Performance Making in Goldsmiths University of London. Driven by their different backgrounds and various devising techniques in dance, music, sociology, and performance, they strive to play with physicality, text and sound.
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Aura is an artist, dancer, and performer who uses slow movement, sensorial scenography, unique garments, and mesmerising audio-visuals to explore gender identity and sustainability. Her work has been showcased internationally across Portugal, Poland, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. It includes collaborations with the renowned choreographer Raimund Hoghe in ‘Momentos of Young People’ (2018-2020) presented at TMP Rivoli Theatre and Montpellier Danse, and with the composer Alessandro Bosetti in ‘Acqua Sfocata’ (2017) at Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art. She has been supported and awarded by Gulbenkian Foundation, GDA Foundation, Portuguese Youth Foundation, ESAP, DGES, and Santander Universities.
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Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Resolution 2022