Last Yearz Interesting Negro /
Jamila Johnson-Small

i ride in colour and soft focus, no longer anywhere

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Body as oracle, a trance, a rhythmic interface, an atmosphere, a landscape with the texture of a mental state. A dance informed by everything and everyone ever encountered, seen, heard, felt, been beside that has become part of an individual trying to identify their own voice.

A choreography that prioritises density over going anywhere, noise over silence, now over yesterday and pleasure over doing it right.

A meditation on osmosis and internalisation, the responsibilities of blackness and queerness, the pressure to ‘take space’, the feeling of being possessed by other people’s fantasies and the fear that one’s owns might just be too rude.

In partnership with Studio 303 and MAI, Montréal arts interculturels, as part of Queer Performance Camp.

 

 

Last Yearz Interesting Negro is the performance project of London based artist and dancer Jamila Johnson-Small. Their genre-disobedient practice is always relational, moving across spaces, contexts, roles and collaborations. Thinking cumulatively, the work gathers and transmits information through inviting others in, creating various constellations to build spaces for dancing, performance, listening and conversation, spaces that might hold the multiple and contradictory, spaces that consider movement and transformation as inevitable. All of their work is informed by their dance practice that acts as a tool for divination, decoding messages from an oracular body that are read on personal/structural/symptomatic/somatic levels. Always thinking about the metabolic - impact and exchange through/in/as movement.

 

Trained in Contemporary Dance and working with choreography, video, sound and sculpture, they are interested in building atmospheric landscapes through the live unfolding of the tensions between things that produce meaning Of Caribbean descent, born and based in London they have formed long term collaborations with other artists including Project O with Alexandrina Hemsley, immigrants and animals with Mira Kautto. More recently they perform in work by Fernanda Munoz-Newsome, collaborates with Rowdy SS, runs HOTLINE with Sara Sassanelli, and GUSH with David Panos, a semi-regular low-key DIY event.

Concept, choreography and performance
  • Last Yearz Interesting Negro (Jamila Johnson-Small)
Music
  • Phoebe Collings-James
  • Josh Anio Grigg
  • Last Yearz Interesting Negro (Jamila Johnson-Small)
  • Junior XL
  • Shelley Parker
Lighting design
  • Jackie Shemesh
Sound design
  • Josh Anio Grigg
Sculpture
  • Joey Addison
Video
  • Last Yearz Interesting Negro (Jamila Johnson-Small)
  • David Panos

Queer Performance Camp aims to create new ways to connect, grow and build community, while supporting the development of queer artists through a program of shows, workshops, and gatherings. It is collaboratively presented by Studio 303, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) and La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines. On the agenda: shows, workshops for artists and other meetings!