Research is a Drag
14 March 2017
8pm | FREE (reservation required – this event is on a waitlist only reservation, currently)
A live research event on dance, queerness and posthumanism
Led by James Morgan & Charlie Ashwell
James and Charlie open up a conversation about the research and development of ‘DRAG ON’, a performance looking at fantasy, queer identity and posthumanism.
We will read, write, watch and chat, dragging our concerns as dance artists off the edge of the map: here be monsters. ‘DRAG ON’ started during James’ participation in Duckie’s Homosexualist Summer School, July 2016, a crash course in queer cabaret.
The first iteration of ‘DRAG ON’ was a 10 minute cabaret performance; a lipsynch-lecture mash up. He recently premiered a 50 minute version for theatres at the Yard, NOW 17 festival, working with Charlie as dramaturg. They have a mutual interest in queer futurity, cyborgs, veganism and magic.
About the workshop leaders:
James Morgan is a performer and choreographer from East Yorkshire, currently living and working in London. He makes solo works for cabaret and theatre stages. James’ work straddles the edges of theatrical forms, borrowing from dance, theatre, live art and drag. He uses improvisation, pop culture references, humour and audience participation in the hopes of finding ever-more immediate ways of communicating with audiences. He also works freelance as a dancer/performer, and has worked with choreographers such as Lola Maury, Eva Recacha, New Art Club, Janine Harrington and Seke Chimutengwende.
Charlie Ashwell is a dance artist and producer working in a diverse array of capacities across collaborative projects. In 2014 she completed a Masters of Research in Choreography and Performance at Roehampton University. She has been co-founder and editor of BELLYFLOP magazine, works as creative producer at TripSpace, collaborates as dancer and producer with choreographer Seke Chimutengwende and is a visiting lecturer at Roehampton University Dance Department.
Image: Chloe Wicks 2017