O is a 50-minute romp through the politics of identity, kinda like what happened when Yellowman met Angela Carter for a cup of tea in the jungle.
Refusing to be held down, O presents bodies that don’t know where or how to place themselves as they negotiate histories, fantasies and assumptions. A dance duet about being black, mixed and female that addresses awkward and uncomfortable everyday experiences.
This is a dance that reconsiders the dilemmas, assumptions and sexualisation that bodies can be subjected to in an unflinching account of minority experiences – a physical unfolding of a realisation of difference.
London-based collaboration Project O is the performative fruits of conversations between Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila Johnson-Small. They are currently developing a new 4-hour durational dance piece called Voodoo, which makes its debut at Chelsea Theatre and Cambridge Junction this November.
‘Fucking badass. The treatment of the female body, the treatment of the black female body, the sexual objectification of women. O pulls at those threads until we feel, collectively, a bit dirty’ Meghan Vaughan
‘Project O confront us with the ugly face of racial and sexual stereotyping and commodification. This is what an intersectional arse-kicking feels like: painful, defiant and right.’ The Stage
O has been kindly supported by Arts Council England, Chisenhale Dance Space, The Yard Theatre and workspacebrussels.
Image credit: Phoebe Collings-James And Katarzyna Perlak