- 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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A physical unfolding of a realisation of difference, ‘O’ presents bodies that don’t know where or how to place themselves as they navigate histories, fantasies and assumptions. A dance duet that attempts to negotiate the delicate consequences of making a dance about being black, mixed and female, reconsidering the dilemmas and assumptions that these bodies (our bodies) are subjected to. ‘O’ is scandalous, joyous, confused, outraged and simply hurt, all at the same time.
As a place of meeting rather than confrontation, the show approaches, rejects, caresses and draws the audience in to our predicament. Legs are kicked at the atrocities of walking down the street. Fantasies and histories spill out from dancing bodies struggling against fleshy realities, uncomfortable proximities, angry silences and oppressive expectations.
An improvised score that does not pretend to be anything other than it is.
‘O’ has been kindly supported by Arts Council England, Chisenhale Dance Space, Chelsea Theatre and SouthBank Centre.
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