- 0 by alexandrina hemsley & jamila johnson-small. Image credit katarzyna perlak and phoebe collings-james
- alexandrina hemsley © hamish macpherson
- jamila johnson-small © bjorn mortensen
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Alexandrina and Jamila are both dancers who graduated in 2009 from LABAN and London Contemporary Dance School respectively. Both work in a diverse number of projects relating to the field of contemporary performance. ‘O’ is their first collaboration. Their next work is just beginning - BYBG (Be Your Black Girlfriend).
Their choreographic interests overlap via a determination to explore and present subjectivity and the multiple in performance and find varying ways to assert a strong position as female performers. Their choreographic concerns are not only about craftsmanship and technical composition but engaging with and questioning the aesthetic and socio-economic environment they are placed in. They see themselves as dance makers and activists – defining ‘activist’ as the continual attempting to activate and proliferate the knowledge and/or questions their training in dance has encouraged.
Both Alexandrina and Jamila often work collectively. Groups they have either founded or worked closely with are; BELLYFLOP Magazine, Hiru Dance Organisation, BLOOM! dance collective, The Industry and The Shrinking Violets.