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Project O to bring 'Voodoo' back to Sadler's Wells

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PROJECT O is returning to Sadler’s Wells with its thought provoking piece Voodoo, which plays at the Lilian Baylis Studio on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24, 2019.

Artists Jamila Johnson-Small and Alexandrina Hemsley have been making work together as Project O since 2010, intending to expose some of the structural workings of racism and misogyny and their impact on bodies. In Voodoo, they invite audiences to join them in an immersive, looping two-hour performance.

Voodoo examines how dance can explore, heal and challenge the violence and oppression that haunts society today. Its durational unfolding becomes a science fiction that addresses the desire, confusion and responsibility of being a single subject who is also a symbol of many long-persecuted people.

Project O made its debut appearance at the Lilian Baylis Studio with O in BELLYFLOP’s Wild Card 2013, and followed with the premier of Voodoo in spring 2017.

Voodoo was researched through a series of site-responsive short works, Native Instincts: Psychic Labours, presented at a range of venues including Somerset House; K.R.O.P.P. festival, Uppsala; Submerge, Bristol; Re:generations conference, Birmingham; and London Contemporary Music Festival.

The duo was awarded the Artsadmin Artist Bursary in 2014, are Associate Artists at Dance Research Studio and residents at Somerset House Studios.

Project O became a Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Artist in 2018, an initiative supporting distinctive choreographic voices in their development. Both artists have also taken part in professional development programme for dance artists, Sadler’s Wells Summer University.

NB: Voodoo contains strong language.

Tickets: £17. To book, call the ticket office on 020 7863 8000 or visit www.sadlerswells.com/.

Times: 8pm and 10pm on Thursday and 8pm, 10pm and midnight on Friday.