As a part of project with Fevered Sleep, This Grief Thing, we’d like to invite you to attend this one off event, where we’ll be sharing the exceptional performance work of a Micro Commissioned Artists; Akshay Sharma and Rayvenn D’Clark.
The first performance of the evening is a live reading of Rayvenn’s urgent dialogue; ‘Grief Revisited’: Liquid Blackness.
This will be followed by Akshay Sharma’s moving dance solo ‘Whom did the light touch?’ accompanied by cellist Nicole Robson. After these performances we invite you to join for refreshments and an informal discussion about the work.
Fevered Sleep commissioned these artists in 2019 to create new works in response to the theme of grief, and this will be the first sharing of those pieces. The evening will be hosted by Sam Butler and David Harradine, Fevered Sleep’s Artistic Directors. For anyone interested to talk more about grief, Sam and David will also host a mobile Grief Gathering before this event.
This event has been developed in partnership with Stratford Circus and presented with The Royal Docks Team.
Akshay Sharma is a choreographer, dancer and performer based in London who comes from India. His work as a dance artist is invested in languages that are emotional and dynamic. He believes dance can be an antidote and is invested in exploring its vital untamed labour through rigour, attention and joy. Akshay is currently inspired by the surface of the earth and rocks.
‘Whom did the light touch?’
Akshay was moved by stories people shared where they felt they could not express their grief. To him it felt like grief was ever present but not visible and he wanted to work with that sense to highlight this void. The work is a live solo dance and runs for 30 minutes.
Rayvenn D'Clarkis a UK-based, digital sculptor, writer/researcher and curator, based in London. Rayvenn’s practice explores the nuances of identity. Her work chronicles black anatomy alongside the handmade aesthetic in the everyday, collective experience.
‘Grief Revisited’: Liquid Blackness
‘Grief’ is at the forefront of national - and global - headlines, as we continue to wage (war) through the Coronavirus pandemic. Now well over a year since the news broke across global headlines, why is it that we still find it so difficult to articulate what grief feels like? As we all move to better understand the modern body politic, we must not, however, neglect the factors that provide the necessary permissions to grieve in a landscape littered with just that; grief and loss in abundance. The dialogue that D'Clark has with herself explores the often inconsolable and incompressible state of black womxnhood.
This is a Free event but we have Limited Capacity so Advance booking is recommended.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic Akshay and Rayvenn have also transformed their ideas in to digital works, which will premiere online on Saturday 5 June.
Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Wellcome, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.