something purple, Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome. Photo: Ayka Lux
Let our bodies dance. unconscious, conscious, subconscious in physical motion. dancing as a political expression we each have access to, a movement of desire, anger or rage. dance as a collective and individual space of reorientation, clarification and pleasurable mess.
– Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome
Dance artist Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome, electronic composer and DJ Shelley Parker and performer Nissa Nishikawa present LET THE BODY.
Positioning dance as a form of political expression, the work considers what emerges through disorientation and reorientation around pleasure and permission in the body. Letting go of prescribed social modes and exploring how a sense of knowing can be shifted by dancing and sound, simultaneously reframing the body’s relationship to desire.
Featuring performances from Muñoz-Newsome and Nishikawa and a music score by Parker, LET THE BODY asks what sensations, perceptions, thoughts and chemical/hormonal/cellular changes occur through submitting to dance and sound.
LET THE BODY was originally created by Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome and Shelley Parker and performed with Jamila Johnson-Small at Arnolfini in 2016.
Choreography + performance: Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome Performance: Nissa Nishikawa Music score: Shelley Parker
Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome’s practice involves dancing / voicing as political gesture, presenting in institutions, alternative spaces and clubs. She is interested in creating work which shifts perspectives, crafting queer spaces where care and consent promote exploration and agency. Working with pop/punk bands, electronic music producers and artists from different genres, she has presented and performed at E-Werk Luckenwalde, the ICA, Barbican, Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, South London Gallery, TATE, Store X, DRAF, Oval Space, Block Universe, Art Night, and Palais de Tokyo, among others. In 2019, she received a Jerwood New Work Fund grant for her latest project INCHOATE BUZZ, performed at Sadler's Wells in a Wild Card event she curated.
Shelley Parker is an electronic music producer, DJ and composer. Since 2001 she has performed live and played DJ sets at venues including Fabric, Berlin Atonal, Palais de Tokyo, Tresor and Tate Britain. Her music productions have been released on various labels including Entr’acte, Hessle Audio, Houndstooth, Opal Tapes and her own label, Structure. From 2016 she has produced scores for various contemporary dancers and has had her work performed at the ICA, KOKO, Marion Goodman Gallery and Oxford Contemporary Music.
Nissa Nishikawa works with performance, painting, ceramics, glass and film. Her practice interprets traditional forms of dance and craft in ways that illuminate the current crisis in ecology and community. She engages with alchemical and animistic practices using elemental base materials, forging processes of transformation that are intuitively informed by a close observation of the intelligence of nature and the non-human as systems of navigation. Recent performances and exhibitions include An Organ of Omatera (Wellcome Collection, London), The HUM (Tagarp Schoolhouse, Sweden), Climate I (Landr, Tokyo), The Divinity Play (Galerie D'art Contemporain Mohamed Drissi, Tangier, Morocco) and DEN/The Familiar Earth (Regents Place, London).