Mon 20 Jul to Wed 18 Aug

Jamila Johnson-Small

CYBER RATS, despite it all...

I am cocooned in my own electricity every day, but today my cocoon reaches out for the electrics of my screen for the electrics of your screen for the electrics of you 

PREMIER - 20.07.2020


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Some kind of digital visualisation formed through your choices, informed by our processes, where process is product and product is process and outcome is history and history is defunct - finding ways to keep moving and naming this dancing. Could call it a game but the journey is what makes the thing and there is nowhere to arrive at and nothing to win.

A cyborg architecture formed between you and the interface through choices and justifications, feelings and thoughts; a moment of control? Illusions, oases and rabbit holes, arrivals and alternative beginnings.. Zeros and ones make curves not straight lines and the map is your own internal landscape. Narrow epiphanies, wide lenses. We have different points of arrival yet we invite you to enter. 

We have spent these weeks on a ride thinking about systems forming hostile architectures and the impact of these on our bodies, on moving, thinking, feeling and relating. Guests have gifted us with sessions: Phoebe Collings-James, Mary Feliciano, Rebecca James, Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin, Daniella Valz Gen. This work we have been doing has involved tuning into ideas around boundaries, disobedience, cellular vibrations, scale, divination, devotion and oracular practices informs our offering - I am cocooned in my own electricity every day, but today my cocoon reaches out for the electrics of my screen for the electrics of your screen for the electrics of you

Dance Artists: Alex Henderson, Emma Iskowitz, Jordan Allen, Théïa Maldoom, Abigail Lewis, Zara Peiffer, Joshua Yates, Audrey Berger and Bethanie Hayes

A bit about Jamila Johnson-Small:

Last Yearz Interesting Negro is the working name of London-born and based artist Jamila Johnson-Small.. Working with dramaturgies of sculpture, electronic music, overwhelm, syncopation, internal narratives, video, texture, intensities, trance states, a public and always dancing, to build atmospheric landscapes through the live unfolding of the tensions between things that produce meaning, Last Yearz Interesting Negro makes performances, (de)compositions between what is held in their own body, the space and the bodies of the spectators. Resultant choreographies are stagespace/dreamscape/battleground, working through questions of entanglement, alienation and sensation. Always relational and thinking cumulatively, moving across spaces, contexts, roles and collaborations, the work gathers and transmits information through inviting others in, creating various constellations to build spaces for transformative dancing, performance, listening and conversation.

Venue: at The Place

CYBER RATS, despite it all...

For the past five weeks London Contemporary Dance School third year students have been working remotely with internationally renowned guest artists; Jamila Johnson-Small, Thick & Tight,