Last Yearz Interesting Negro
Sat 07.0321:00 - 23:00DOMZAAL
“I started this project wanting to make meditation tapes to calm my rampant alienation and to slow my racing thoughts. But what does calm look like when you embody countless contradictions, conflicts and traumas? When language can't stretch to hold you and it was never your language anyway? When you look out at the city and it is like your beating heart, complicated, congested and broken? Some things need to break and I don't want space or distance but to assume my hybrid form right here. I want to break this space open.”
The performance ‘BASICTENSION’ is a study on dancing and thinking about dancing in the context of 'contemporary dance'. In this techno-meditation, Last Yearz Interesting Negro – the alias of British performer Jamila Johnson-Small – breaks down the walls between different realities and structures. ‘BASICTENSION’ in this way becomes a meditative and interactive game, where the body serves as archive and oracle.
Last Yearz Interesting Negro is the performance project of the London artist and dancer Jamila Johnson-Small. She returns to Vooruit for the second edition of WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST. In her work, Johnson-Small considers the impact of often invisible oppressive systemic forces on bodies and reflects on cultures and histories of 'black expression'.
tekst: Rachel Baker, Jonathan Burrows, Matthew Carter, Teresa Cisneros, Rachael Dichter, Rosalie Doubal, Jane Frances Dunlop, Alexandrina Hemsley, Onyeka Igwe, Tyrone Isaac-Stuart, Mira Kautto, Gillie Kleiman, Manu Luksch, Alice MacKenzie, David Panos, Amy Tobin & Catherine Wood - met de steun van ICA (Londen) - met publieke financiering van Arts Council England Grants for the Arts (2017) - beeld © Dimitri Djuric