This Weekend – i ride in colour and soft focus

Saturday, February 8
8 PM
La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines
(3700 Saint-Dominique)

Body as oracle, a trance, a rhythmic interface, an atmosphere, a landscape with the texture of a mental state. A dance informed by everything and everyone ever encountered, seen, heard, felt, been beside that has become part of an individual trying to identify their own voice.

A choreography that prioritises density over going anywhere, noise over silence, now over yesterday and pleasure over doing it right.

A meditation on osmosis and internalization, the responsibilities of blackness and queerness, the pressure to ‘take space’, the feeling of being possessed by other people’s fantasies and the fear that one’s owns might just be too rude.


Concept / Choreography / Performance
Last Yearz Interesting Negro (Jamila Johnson-Small)

Phoebe Collings-James, Josh Anio Grigg, Last Yearz Interesting Negro (Jamila Johnson-Small), Junior XL, Shelley Parker

Lighting Design
Jackie Shemesh

Sound Design
Josh Anio Grigg

Joey Addison

Last Yearz Interesting Negro (Jamila Johnson-Small), David Panos

i ride in colour and soft focus, no longer anywhere
Jamila Johnson-Small/Last Yearz Interesting Negro (London, UK)
February 8, 2020 at 8 p.m. + February 9 at 4 p.m.
La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines

The performance i ride in colour and soft focus, no longer anywhere explores multiple and contradictory spaces, which consider movement and transformation as inevitable. Like all of Jamila Johnson-Small’s works, this piece is informed by their dance practice that acts as a tool for divination, decoding messages from an oracular body, always thinking about the metabolic impact and exchange through/in/as movement.

Trained in contemporary dance, Jamila Johnson-Small lives and works in London, UK. They lead numerous long-term collaborations with other artists, as well as a solo performance project, Last Yearz Interesting Negro. Their genre-disobedient practice is always relational, moving across spaces, contexts, roles and collaborations. Thinking cumulatively, their work gathers and transmits information through inviting others in, creating various constellations to build.

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