Fierce Festival 2019 / Birmingham, UK / 15 – 20 October

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Ellen Furey & Malik Nashad Sharpe (Montreal / London)

SOFTLAMP.autonomies

Thursday 17 October 2019, 9.00pm

Birmingham Hippodrome, Thorp Street
Birmingham, B5 4TB United Kingdom
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Presented in partnership and with the support of DanceXchange

65 mins
£13 – £11
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Ellen Furey + Malik Nashad Sharpe

Credit De Kinga Michalska

Ellen Furey + Malik Nashad Sharpe

Credit Ian Douglas

Two figures dressed in white, electronic music and a drifting voice sending Yung Hurn’s dreams of and appeals to togetherness – “Baby, you wanna chill and stuff  / Fly with me through Vienna and stuff  ”– as well as the effect of pills into space in a loop.

In this meditative, hypnotic dance trip through the spheres of the now, Ellen Furey from Montreal and London-based New York dance artist Malik Nashad Sharpe celebrate a future without authorities and constraints.

They emerge from the darkness of the dancefloor until they reach a deep blue in which they abandon themselves completely in the rhythms of their unison movements. In the end, it becomes clear that this is to be understood as a dance of resistance.

 

‘The performance creates a powerful and cohesive affective field that nonetheless permits a wide variety of responses to coexist: delight, stupor, impatience, awe, reverie, and, for me, a moment of pure adrenalized thrill.’

– Contemporary Performance

Fierce Says

We love a recommendation, and this piece got several not least from Antonija Livingstone who performed at Fierce Festival 2015. It’s also brilliant to have Malik back at Fierce who premiered their show $elfie$ here in 2017 along with Ellen Furey – a major new voice on the Montreal scene.

Tickets

Thursday 17 October 2019

9.00pm

DanceXchange, Patrick Studio

£13 – £11