STRIP IT LAUNCH
Strip It is a day dedicated to exploring gender-fluidity, acceptance, intimacy & vulnerability through improvisations, a photo exhibition & performances led by primarily non-binary artists. AT A SECRET LOCATION IN HACKNEY WICK: attendees who have purchased tickets will be emailed the exact location on 17th X
We are creating a space that is wholly accepting of our bodies by stripping back constructs of gender with various art forms. There's opportunities for guests to be part of the show throughout. You can find out more about the day and how you can get involved below...
We ask guests to bear in mind 3 things when contributing to the space: 1. Accept the spectrum of identities that form the space and be accepting when participating in improvisations. 2. Respect the space as one that is made by and for non-binary people. It is open to all identities because it is built on kindness and openness, so please reflect this mindset when interacting with the work, the performances and other guests. 3. Progress with the day: get involved in improvisations even if it’s your first time, ask questions and we hope you'll feel moved to instigate conversations after the show!
Vegan food served all day by the delectable Dorota.
Exhibition by Theodorah Ndlovu - All day @lifethroughmylense_pro Theodorah Ndlovu will be debuting their photo series of non-binary artists amongst nature. The exhibition captures honest representations of the human form through a fluid lens, subverting heteronormative ideals of gender and using the untamed freedom of the outdoors as the backdrop. This is the beginning of a wider exploration Theodorah is undergoing of aligning landscapes with non-binary bodies, with the aim of a creating an archive of images that holds space for queer identities in settings we are ordinarily invisible in. Theodorah has been working as a photographer in London for many years, working with artists and capturing the energy of live music settings. They have shot the likes of Sons of Kemet, Charlotte Dos Santos, Gary Bartz and NAKANE. Theodorah is born::free resident photographer. Although they have been on the ground creating for an expert amount of time, this will be Theodorah’s first exhibition; an event not to be missed.
Vocal improv workshop led by Slam the Poet & margot mool - 2pm to 3:30pm @slamthepoe | @margotmool We invite novices and experienced vocalists to join us in enhancing our freestyle skills as a group through playful exercises and jamming. The workshop aims to support vocalists in tuning in with others so we can support each other to find a unified sound. We will be letting go of our insecurities, sharing our talents and stories, and opening ourselves to making some weird noises. If you have any access needs, please give us a shout and we can make the session work for you. Slam & margot have individually and collectively engineered open spaces for vocalists to improvise in for a numbers of years. You will have spotted Slam master many a jam at STEEZ, Brainchild’s Kite Bar & Spread the Jam. margot mool started the Free Your Ego Cypher in Elephant & Castle to create more non-judgemental spaces to improvise, and has since collaborated with Slam on the freestyle group the Cypher Club.
Movement improv workshop led by Mayowa Monaé & Franca Haesler - 2pm to 3:30pm @mayowamonae | @francaisahae Come and explore ways of moving our bodies which bend expectations of how we should navigate the world. Allow yourself to be guided into a meditation with your limbs and connect with your curves as well as your big dick energy. We’ll develop a dialogue as individuals and progress to group movement, where we’ll find motions of solidarity that support each other in our unique expressions. If you have any access needs, please give us a shout and we can make the session work for you. Mayowa Monaé and Franca Haesler will combine their movement expertise to create an entirely accepting space. Mayowa is a queen who has been shining their regal light across the UK drag circuit. They can bend their body in totally new directions and their positive energy is infectious. Franca trained in physical theatre at Dell’Arte school in California, and has since gone on to teach movement performance in many settings. They are equipped with spells that ease the mind, spirit and body into conversation, so expect to leave the workshop enchanted.
Screening of music video Strip It by margot, directed by Lucrezia Pollice + discussion - 4pm to 4:45pm @lucreziapollice | @margotmool The Strip It music video has been a collaboration of nearly a year with over 30 people, led by director Lucrezia Pollice & vocalist margot mool. The screening will lead into an informal discussion around themes we will be digging into throughout the day: of deconstructing / demolishing cisgendered norms of beauty, asking what is aesthetic perfection, and how do we find solidarity in our bodies amongst capitalism’s demand for competition?
Plumm solo performance - 5pm to 5:30pm @plumm.sass
Ma.Moyo + friends - 6pm to 6:30pm @ma.moyo.
margot - 7pm to 8pm @margotmool
FYE Cypher - 8:30pm to 10pm After laying-low for a while, this next FYE will no doubt be one not to miss. Over the year, the cypher has grown each time as a safe space to improvise for first-timers & experienced musicians. It’s open to any instrumentalists, vocalists, rappers and/or poets who use their ears. By this we mean heads who are open to listening and responding to all involved in the music-making. Come Free Your Ego.
Pie Eye Collective DJ set @pieeyecollective
Presented by Unit31.
This is an 18+ event.