NOTHING 2 NOBODY (work-in-progress)
by Monsur Mansoor
Sat 3rd Nov 2018 | 7:00pm
£5 cash on door
A series of dances give space to transform & sit with overwhelmed & numbed feelings.
NOTHING 2 NOBODY began both in my bedroom in Lewisham & my family home in Bradford. In this period, I was struggling to get out of bed most days because of mental health. Since I was often bed & house ridden, these were spaces where I began playing with ideas for this dance.
Monsur is haunted by the quranic recital played on tape, inside of the morgue where their dad was bathed before their funeral in 2007. A green cloth draped their coffin on the way to the cemetery.
A green carpet covers the kitchen floor where a swarm of maggots hatched one night. Monsur & their mum hoovered them up & the hoover bag was burned the next day in the garden.
The more trauma was unpicked, the more fractured it felt. I didn’t want to return to being ‘whole’ again. I wanted to leave my body & to leave it like a mystic, in the manner described by Johanna Hedva in their Sick Woman Theory.
This is an invisible world, an interior world being turned inside out.
NOTHING 2 NOBODY is the culmination of a phase of R&D supported by Arts Council England. At Chisenhale, I’m presenting a work-in-progress version.
£5 on the door. Unwaged & low-income get in touch for guest list firstname.lastname@example.org or @monsurmansoor Instagram.
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Due to the last minute organising of this event, we were unable to find an accessible performance venue. For those who want to come & accessing Chisenhale is a barrier, i can open up a rehearsal on Nov 2nd (time tbc). Please email email@example.com or @monsurmansoor instagram. I will make sure all future sharings of this work will be in an accessible space.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Monsur Mansoor (they/them) is a dance artist based in Bradford. They have been working in dance and performance since 2013, in theatre, gallery and site-specific spaces. Their work has a DIY, unproductive, playful spirit, unpicking their experiences as a working-class Bengali Muslim, trans nonbinary person of colour living in the UK.
Choreography & Performance: Monsur Mansoor
Artistic support: Alice Tatge & Alexandrina Helmsley
Producing: Michael Kitchin
Sound collaboration: Natasha Lall
Photography / Videography: Katarzyna Perlak
Research & Development supported by:
Dance4, Kala Sangam, Dance City, Theatre in the Mill, Queen Mary University of London, Chisenhale Dance & through public funds from ACE.