Jamila Johnson Small

New at ID: Morning Class | Wednesday 21 March 2018 | 10am - 12noon
Jamila Johnson-Small makes shows, working with in-between spaces – things
that exist in and through cracks in time/memory/attention – with
syncopation, trance states, internal narratives, intensities, electronic
music, and a love of dancing on the spot. In her performances, bodies of
public and performer(s) are navigated as object, animal, human, machine,
environment, energy, to build atmospheric landscapes created by the live
unfolding of the tensions between things that produce meaning. Her practice
affects/disrupts/deflects/distorts/reflects the gaze(s) directed towards
her body and the resultant choreographies are a stage or dreamspace or
battleground for working through questions of presence, visibility,
responsibility and pleasure, for situating and expanding (or dismantling)
her ‘identity’ and turning it into theatre. She moves with an awareness
that her dances will always be a lament for the histories her body
represents, carries and conjures.


Of Caribbean descent, born and based in London she has formed long
term collaborations with other artists including Project O with Alexandrina
Hemsley, immigrants and animals with Mira Kautto. She works solo as Last
Yearz Interesting Negro and more recently she performs in work by Fernanda Munoz-Newsome, runs HOTLINE with Sara Sassanelli, and GUSH, a semi-regular low-key DIY event.She is one of the holding space associate artists at TheShowroom, a project initiated by Teresa Cisneros looking at equity and decolonial processes.