with Xavier de Sousa and Andre Neely
presented as part of EcoFutures Festival
Friday 5 – Sunday 7 April 2019
The Art Pavilion
Mile End Park, Clinton Rd, London E3 4QY
Starting from historical effervescent political protests, this residency investigates the potential of domino-effect actions that grow out of our personal and collective awareness of the urgency of environmental activism.
Xavier de Sousa and Andre Neely, two performance artists based in Portugal and England, will be exploring interventional and performative actions that lead to domino-effect replications. Focusing on environmental and queer activism in public spaces, throughout the duration of the festival the artists will invite audiences, activists and experts alike to contribute to, and collaborate with, their practice. Together they will create a mural collage composed by found materials and research undertaken whilst in residency.
This project is commissioned by 2 Degrees Festival, EcoFutures Festival and Warehouse9 (Denmark). Additional funding by Arts Council England.
Andre Neely is an artist working predominantly in live performance, writing and time-based mediums. Currently occupied with reflective research on personal, collective and spatial healing practices, they seek new ways of finding togetherness between each other and the world around us in times of crisis. Andre has worked internationally with the National Theatre of Lisbon, V&A Museum, Tate Modern, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Hebbel am Ufer Theatre, Cannes Film Festival, Fierce Festival and the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art and performed with artists including João Pedro Rodrigues, Rosana Cade, Antonija Livingstone, Okwui Okpokwasilli, Amanda Piña, Bojana Cvejić and Liz Rosenfeld.
Xavier de Sousa is a performance maker, curator and producer whose practice explores personal and political heritage and the dichotomies between the live experience and agency in the performance space. His solo practice includes theatre show POST (currently touring), and durational performance character Almost Xav (Southbank Centre, Latitude Festival). He is currently developing REGNANT (2019) & TIME/COLONIA (2020), two group pieces focused on collective representations of nationhood and adaptation. Xavier has collaborated and/or performed with Tino Sehgal, Lauren Barri Holstein, Rosana Cade, Tim Etchells amongst others.
IG: @xavinisms and @itsandreneely
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