22 February, Sonic Acts, Amsterdam

5 March, Cafe Oto, London

8 March, Borealis, Bergen

Building on a work commissioned for Wysing Polyphonic in 2018, Last Yearz Interesting Negro and Phoebe Collings-James present a mini-tour of Sound as Weapon, Sounds 4 Survival, an ensemble of solo and entwined bodies and cut up rnb and dub loops, combining dance, sound and sculpture. For each performance of this work, Phoebe Collings-James and Jamila Johnson-Small a.k.a. Last Yearz Interesting Negro are joined by a different cast of three other artists. The group forms a chorus centred around a conceptual deconstruction of ​‘percussion’ as it functions instrumentally and also as a radical proposition to the various ways you could think about the power of ​‘striking an object’ and the impact of the sonic as resonating frequencies and vibrations. Their bodies navigate the sensory labour of being ​‘played’.

Commissioned by Bergen Kunsthall and Sonic Acts as part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Based on work developed in residency at Wysing Arts Centre.