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.