Malik Nashad Sharpe
Malik Nashad Sharpe is a choreographer based between New York City and London. He has been making work for five years that collude complex ontologies of Blackness and queerness while relying on subversive choreographic structures and praxis to promote tangential movement work, allow for radical juxtaposition between different psychogeographic states, permit illogical formulations to become new logical systems, and heavily interrogates the exploration of trauma, all as relevant, political, and pertinent materiality. Avoiding thematic imposition in his work, Malik uses his queer and Black body to dictate subject matter.
Inspired in part by my family’s migration from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the Midlands as part of a larger wave of Caribbean immigration to the United Kingdom in the 50s/60s, the subsequent emigration of Caribbean immigrants from the United Kingdom to New York City in search of a more racially hospitable climate in the 70s, and my own navigation of this migratory pattern as a Black and Queer artist during a time where both of my countries are trading in tolerance and openness for closedborderfascism (Brexit and the rising antiImmigrant sentiment in the United Kingdom) and state sanctioned genocide (The thousands of Black people killed by law enforcement in the United States over the course of my lifetime), Queen Temporary will reckon with the difficulties of losing one’s concept of home, self, belonging, how those experiences can be transferred onto bodies, minds, and spirits transgenerationally, and the untapped radical power of Black/Queer dejection and melancholia. Queen Temporary represents both the contemporaneity of Black/Queer “Queen” (as in ‘YAS QUEEN’) subjectivities, and the impermanence of Black/Queer life under erasing hegemonies, to emerge new and fresh sensibilities that range from transience, to the power of abject dejection.