Nightclubbing at Camden People's Theatre
Wednesday 11 April 2018
London Fringe - Shows - Tours
Opening on 8 May before touring, Rachael Young presents an explosive new performance channeling the cult of Grace Jones and Afrofuturism to start a revolution ...
Image by Marcus-Hessenberg
Playing at at Camden People's Theatre from 8 to 12 May, Rachael Young's Nightclubbing is inspired by the timeless persona of Grace Jones.
Rachael Young is an award-winning artist working across theatre, live art and socially engaged projects.
In Nightclubbing, she imagines a different future for women of colour through striking intergalactic imagery and visceral live music.
Named after Grace Jones' 1981 landmark album of the same name, the show was originally sparked by an event in 2015 when a group of young black women were racially discriminated against and refused entry to a London nightclub.
Embracing Afrofuturism, the cultural aesthetic behind the blockbuster hit Black Panther, which combines elements of science fiction, magical realism and African history, Nightclubbing reflects on the current progress and challenges around struggles for gender and racial equality.
With an intersectional approach to feminism, where the multiple oppressions faced by trans women, disabled women, women of colour and black women are recognised, Rachael has worked with, and will be joined onstage by leading LGBTQ musicians and DJs to create sounds inspired by the Nightclubbing album itself.
Here's the show trailer ...
Rachael Young's artistic practice is playful, collaborative and interdisciplinary; responding to autobiographical experiences and socio-political landscapes and often connecting with communities who are under-represented in the arts.
Her current work embraces movement, sound, duration, repetition and exhaustion as a means to explore political resistance and the relentless fight against oppression.
Throughout 2015 Rachael was a BBC Performing Arts Fellow at mac birmingham.
She is now part of The Lowry's 2018 'Developed with' programme, a 'Breakthrough Artist' at Curve (Leicester) and a recipient of the 2018 Compass Commission (Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban).
Rachael's work has recently been shown at ImPulsTanz (Vienna International Dance Festival), Underbelly, IBT, The Yard Theatre, Live Art Bistro, Tate Modern, Contact, mac, Curve, BAC, Buzzcut, New Art Exchange, Derby.
Rachael said ...
"Nightclubbing will look towards a different future; a future where being a Person of Colour, or being a woman, or being a queer person doesn't count against you, where we come together and harness our enormous collective power, in the hope of challenging the systems that hold us down.
The now global #BlackLivesMatter movement was started by three Black women; Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi.
That's a huge inspiration, it gives me hope that WE can make this change happen."
Apart from the run at Camden People's Theatre, Nightclubbing will be touring as follows:
Brighton Dome (excerpt only)
Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1UE
Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX
Henham Park, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 8AN
Nightclubbing is supported by Arts Council England, Camden People's Theatre, The Lowry ('Developed with'), Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership (Compass Commission), Live Art UK, Diverse Actions, The Marlborough Theatre and Greenwich University.
POST PUNK / POST FEAR / POST PANIC
Rachael Young and her badass band of super-humans embrace Afrofuturism and the cult of Grace Jones in NIGHTCLUBBING; an explosive new performance bringing visceral live music and intergalactic visions to start a revolution.
1981: Grace Jones releases her landmark album 'Nightclubbing'; her body is brown and soft.
2015: three women are refused entry into a London nightclub; their bodies are brown and soft.
Grace Jones; a dark skinned, androgynous, Jamaican woman, transcending societal norms and becoming an international superstar.
Then later, three young black women, discriminated against and excluded, their bodies branded; 'undesirable'.
WE are those three women, our bodies are brown and soft.
We zoom through galaxies and solar systems, traveling through time, returning again and again to see if things have changed; we just want some bodies at the front that are brown or soft or queer.
It's time for a different rhythm, a different future, it's time to take up space, make some noise and change the narrative.
Women to the front, LGBTQ to the front, People of Colour to the front!!!
Mwen Rukandema and Leisha Thomas
Author: Rachael Young
Composer: Mwen Rukandema and Leisha Thomas
Director: Nadia Latif (Directorial Collaborator)
Designer: Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Lighting: Nao Nagai
Sound: Mwen Rukandema and Leisha Thomas
Dramaturg: Season Butler
Production: Rachael Young
From: Tuesday 8 May 2018
Closes: Saturday 12 May 2018
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