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London Topophobia


Sat 29 Jan

London Topophobia


A one-night-only deep dive into London’s pioneering underground music and performance art scenes, featuring new work from Snapped Ankles’ Austin and Maxim, Daisy Dickinson & Martina Spetlova, Serafine 1369 & Fernanda Munoz-Newsome, Jamie Hamilton (Phaedra Ensemble), Eleanor Sikorski & Lewys Holt and Thomas Eisl.

Please note the first performance will start at 7pm prompt.

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This event features a new performance collaboration from Serafine 1369 and Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome, an audio-visual performance from composer Jamie Hamilton, Wizard Piece by dance artists Eleanor Sikorski and Lewys Holt, and video works from artist Thomas Eisl. The night also features the debut of Letters of Last Resort based on the Trident Submarine programme from SNAPPED ANKLES’s Paddy Austin and Maxim Barron, in collaboration with Daisy Dickinson and Martina Spetlova.

Topophobia means ‘fear of performing / fear of certain spaces’. It was founded in 2012 as a way to explore some of the last underground spaces from London’s rapidly disappearing warehouse scene. Its audience is as diverse and varied as the work it produces – the events are a meeting point in which the myriad scenes and peoples of London mix.

SERAFINE1369 and Fernanda Munoz-Newsome

SERAFINE1369 is the London based artist and dancer Jamila Johnson-Small. SERAFINE1369 works with dancing as a philosophical undertaking, a political project with ethical psycho-spiritual ramifications for being-in-the-world; dancing as intimate technology. Previously working as Last Yearz Interesting Negro.

Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome’s practice involves dancing/ voicing as political gesture. She is interested in creating work which shifts perspectives, crafting spaces of potential and choice, where care and consent, ritual and divination promote exploration and agency.

Recent performances include LET THE BODY, Nottingham Contemporary with Continuous Network SDS (2021) and ICA London (2020); INCHOATE BUZZ, Sadler’s Wells, London (2019); a body rites itself, Siobhan Davies Studios and Chisenhale Dance, London (2018); something orange: a body slip-slides through knowing, DRAF, London (2017).

Choreography and Performance Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome & SERAFINE1369
Music Leah Walker, Angel Zinovieff

Letters of Last Resort

A new collaboration by Paddy Austin (SNAPPED ANKLES) with Daisy Dickinson on Theremin, Martina Spetlova, and Maxim Barron (TOY, SNAPPED ANKLES) on synthesisers.

Jamie Hamilton

Jamie Hamilton is showing excerpts from a new long form experimental AI-Opera ‘Versionland’, which he has been developing with Phaedra Ensemble, through Sound and Music’s “New Voices”.

Eleanor Sikorski and Lewys Holt ‘Wizard Piece’ 

Eleanor Sikorski is primarily a dancer and choreographer. She is also a filmmaker and comics artist. After graduating London Contemporary Dance School she participated in collective projects with other dance artists: Trumpet Creepers Improvisation Ensemble, Hiru Dance Organisation and BELLYFLOP Magazine.

Since 2015 she has worked as part of Nora with dancers Flora Wellesley Wesley and Stephanie McMann, inviting choreographers to make new work for them to perform.
She has been making and touring (mainly) solo choreography since 2011. Her work spans performance, comedy, music, dance and cabaret.

Wizard Piece is a rambling cascade of images and conjured scenes. A wizard, all alone, uses their powers to create a place to dwell; creating a context for themselves using the building blocks of magic, mystery and memory.

Thomas Eisl

installation/performance/invented instruments/video/automata

‘Can unpredictability be anticipated? Can it be manipulated? Within the dynamics of a live event an attempt can be worthwhile – frozen into a video presentation it becomes a (worthwhile?) contradiction – a contradiction all too easily perceived as inept synchronisation.’

Date:Sat 29 Jan
Start time:7pm (Doors: 6.30pm)
Venue:Hall Two

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