A Queer Hang Out by Christopher Matthews and Friends: Future Fridays at Chisenhale Dance Space
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A Queer Hang Out by Christopher Matthews and Friends: Future Fridays at Chisenhale Dance Space

Future Fridays at Chisenhale Dance Space

14th Sept 2018 | 7:30pm
£5 Early Bird, £7.50 Advance, £10 Standard | Book Online

A Friday night pre-gaming queer space where everything surrounding you performs decorative gestures. Expect live performance, film, make-up, ceramics, words, drinks and more.

A queer hang out is a space to be together, to play, to dance, to drink, to taste, to watch, to share, to swap, to groom. Christopher Matthews has put together an ongoing durational programme on 14th Sept with something for all the senses, featuring film, decorative arts, performance and more from UK and international artists. Come hang then continue your Friday night at a local queer spot.

Also featuring:
Antonio Branco
Riccardo T
Grace Ellington
Daz Disby
Fenia Kotsopoulou
Tilly Hutley
Shannon Stewart
Janine Harrington
Ryan Kirwin
…and more!

This performance accompanies 2 days of workshops and talks on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th Sept. Explore the intersections between queer theory, gender, identity and dance with Shannon Stewart, Arabella Stanger and Rory Pilgrim.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Sadler’s Wells and South East Dance and Jerwood Foundation Collaborate scheme.



Building on the success of Fiver Fridays, Future Fridays is our new regular programme of projects by Chisenhale Dance Space Members, in our iconic Performance Studio. Book early for the cheapest tickets, join us for a drink, and see something new – now. 


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Chisenhale Dance Space curated talks programme with Rory Pilgrim & Arabella Stanger
to Sep 13

Chisenhale Dance Space curated talks programme with Rory Pilgrim & Arabella Stanger

Over 2 sessions on the 12th and 13th September, invited guest speakers Dr. Arabella Stanger and Rory Pilgrim will offer perspectives and provocations in relation to Christopher’s research around masculinity, gender performance, class and more. The sessions will unfold into a dialogue between histories and practices, with the chance to zoom in or follow the thinking somewhere unexpected over the 2 days.

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Image: Thomas Dupal

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Shannon Stewart: guest artist teaching at Chisenhale Dance Space
to Sep 13

Shannon Stewart: guest artist teaching at Chisenhale Dance Space

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PERMISSION TO DANCE or REAL DANCE CLASS FOR FAKE DANCERS or QUEERNIQUE is just a dance class–with a warm up, some exercises and even a little bit of choreography. It celebrates the ritual of coming together to be in our bodies learning things. It takes inspiration from queer theory and feminism to make sense of the practices we do or can do. PTD is a warm-up for understanding how knowledge is processed and living in our bodies. We use it to open up a nonlinear communication practice between thoughts/movement but also to queer and reclaim the rituals that are familiar to us within the context of a dance class.


WHAT DOES THIS BODY MAKE? with Shannon Stewart


How do we conceive of self and body? What scripts are at work? What role does our perception play? How does gender and identity perform itself at the perceptual level? How do these things implicate “other” and design they ways we relate to ourselves, each other and environment? What tools for transformation are available to disrupt patterns and make new ones?

During this class we will use our individual and group body to make and unmake ourselves. Working with disorientation, quick shifts of attention, endurance and group dynamics, we will move away from language and towards embodied comprehension. We will push to the edges but also question “edge” as a boundary or distinction between ourselves, others and the space we occupy. We volley between performer and witness. Is it a spiritual transformation? Is it subtle drag performance? Is it quietly radical?

In WDTBM, we use somatic exercises adapted to engage questions about how we construct our bodies and how they are constructed. Proposals are seeded from queer, feminist, and critical race theory that exemplify and disrupt the way identity is embodied. This work is supported through reading and discussion and through composing and decomposing performances.

Shannon Stewart is a choreographic artist who splits her time between New Orleans and Europe. Her company Screaming Traps explores the intersection of dance practices, embodied identities and social choreographies. For Shannon, the body’s participation in everyday life, social systems, and how we know ourselves is an opportunity for choreographic research. Simultaneously, the practice of dance rituals is a potential for un-training, retraining, making and unmaking. She’s proposed an open source method called Body Based Theory Practice and presented this research in dance symposiums in the US and Europe. Her work has been presented in theatres, bars, parades, river banks, living rooms, film screens and galleries, and reluctantly but often on the internet.


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image: Sarrah Danzinger

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to Aug 5

ImPulsTanz teaching: Artist as Nomad intensive

Artist as Nomad

I am a(n)_____, living in _____, working in _____, _____, and _____, paying my taxes in _____, I speak _____ but understand _____ a little, I consider to be working as a _____, but I generally find myself working in _____, I sometimes work as a _____ to make extra money to support myself as a _____, I like to eat _____ food but I am open to trying anything, I prefer to travel by _____, I usually stay in _____, most of my friends and colleagues live in other countries.

"We’ve been called to leave our country, be European, movable, multilingual free lands and become our own individual…. Being a foreigner is a mystical State." – Paola Di Bella, My purse is a black hole

This workshop helps create a self-dialogue with the individual participants about their cultural cartography. The aims are to create a process that considers the self as a nomad instead of as a freelancer. The nomad is a person who will take, give and rethink their interaction with other cultures, dialogues and places. It is also a non-linear path within the self. The workshop will use readings, dialogues, writing, surveys, map building, improvisation, dance parties, picnics and scavenger hunts to develop material for creation. Through group investigations, participants will culminate in surveying one self and their attachment to the contemporary definitions of nomads.

Originally created through a HMRC research grant from CreativeWorks London and developed in collaboration with Dr. Sara Houston and University of Roehampton Dance Department.

info and booking here

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to Aug 3

ImPulsTanz teaching: Commercial Contemporary Jazz

This class will begin with a classic Jazz warm up combining styles of Mattox, Giordano and Fosse. The warm up is focused on developing the technical basics through devised combinations engaging the key muscle groups so the body can dance from its muscular system. It will build up to a full body experience.

Every class will end with a combination that takes shape as organic and thrash style movement to develop the participant’s precision, speed and performance abilities. We will break down movements for the participants to find how they can build on the warm up's aim of engaging the muscular body. Each combination is built to develop the performativity of the dancer and how they can access where this comes from within bodies' emotional core. There will be a strong focus on how to develop artistry whilst continuing to execute technical skill.

„Whenever I think of Swan Lake and Rihanna, I think of you!“ (Meagan O’Shea on Christopher Matthews)

"I'm a jazzerina!" (Christopher Matthews on Christopher Matthews)

info and booking here

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to Sep 16


I am crowdfunding to raise the last bit of cash I need to develop my works Lads and My Body Is Number 1, to make the best use of opportunities that are coming up, to develop research with 17 other artists and make this available to public(s) through workshops and talks... If you can support this in anyway it would help so much! 

This includes:

-subsidised places for people to take part in practical and theoretical exchanges around queer, gender performance and more in a programme I've put together at Chisenhale Dance Space 12th-13th September

-support towards an evening of performance, food, music, film and more on 14th September

-helping to make the next step in my research on Lads, developing towards some big presentation opportunities in the the coming years

You can see the Chisenhale Dance Space public programme here on Facebook and there's more to be announced soon! 



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