Holly Blakey was born in Yorkshire and now based in London, Blakey's dance work spans stage and screen. Her award-winning debut live show Some Greater Class performed at the Southbank in summer 2017. The Guardian describes “Blakey’s punk, 4am vision of what contemporary dance can be is on the rise” (Kate Hutchinson, The Guardian) with her edgy, diverse and gender fluid cast of dancers.
Blakey’s work for camera, as a Director and Choreographer, has featured collaborations with music artists and fashion houses such as Dior, Gucci, Paul Smith, Claire Barrow, Young Fathers, Gwilym Gold, and Mica Levi and Florence and the Machine. Blakey is a recipient of a UK MVA award for her work on Delilah (Florence and the Machine) for ‘Best Choreography in a Video’ that same year she was also nominated as ‘Best New Director’.
Blakey’s most recent work Cowpuncher was commissioned to reopen Southbank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall April 2018. In collaboration with Mica Levi and Vivienne Westwood the one night show sparked much turbulence in the world of contemporary dance, Dazed and Confused declared
“Cowpuncher pricks your skin, grabs you by your heart, knocks you in your gut, and pulsates within your groin, before simultaneously taking over your body”.
Cowpuncher is being remounted for a 2019 tour.
Léa Tirabasso is an Aerowaves twenty20 Artist and her recent production The ephemeral life of an octopus began touring in 2019, coming to The Place in March of 2019. Since then it has also been seen at Kinneksbond, Mamer in Luxenburg and KLAP Maison pour la Danse Marseille in France. It will also be touring extensively in Europe in the coming months, going to Croatia, Romania, France and Poland. The Place also saw Tirabasso's works love me tender back in 2015 and TOYS in 2017.
" I am fascinated by the uncompromising tension, inherent to our human condition; that twisted corporeal needs vs. spiritual life. I am interested in emotional and physical states and how they create movements. I am interested in the collision between the graceful and the dissonant, the comic and the tragic, the grotesque and the transcendent. I believe cultural constructions, stifled pulses and the human condition at its most bizarre are at the centre of my work.
Dance might then becomes a tool to stimulate our imaginations and to question what is beyond us: this intangible thing that makes us wholly human."
Malik Nashad Sharpe makes performances under their aliases marikiscrycrycry and is a shy, ambivalent, black femme choreographer based in London, UK. Their work utilises dance and live action that excavates various ontologies at/around Blackness and [G/END/ER]Queerness. They create worlds that are dis/ordered by the centring of marginal knowledge, ulterior logics and politically resonant modes that problematise and disarm default gazes.
marikiscrycrycry has shown their work at American Realness (NYC), Fierce Festival (UK), NOW19 (UK), Festival for Alternative Theatrical Expression (HR), Submerge (NYC) and they have been supported by a wider range of venues and institutions such as Arts Council England, The Marlborough Theatre, Canada Council for the Arts, a-n, Duckie, ArtsAdmin, Studio 303, New Queers on the Block, Theatre La Chapelle Scenes Contemporains, The Yard Theatre, Chisenhale Dance Space. London Contemporary Dance School commissioned a brand new work for the graduation show of 2019 titled BALLET.
The new work by the incredible choreographer and dance artist marikiscrycrycry, He's Dead, is a stunning ensemble piece that combines dance, text and an original soundtrack - a dark fantasy that asks the unanswerable question, 'Was Tupac depressed?'. London Contemporary Dance School's graduate Blue Makwana is also a professional dancer for marikiscrycrycry