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New Compass Commission embraces Afrofuturism and the cult of Grace Jones

Tue 10 April 2018

Rachael Young’s NIGHTCLUBBING is the latest production supported by The Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban Partnership’s commissioning scheme, Compass Commissions.

This explosive new performance arrives at The Lowry, Salford, on 26 and 27 April and the Camden People’s Theatre in London from 8 – 12 May, before a tour of festivals in Brighton, Cambridge and Suffolk.

In 1981 Grace Jones released her landmark album ‘Nightclubbing’. As a dark-skinned, androgynous, Jamaican woman she transcended societal norms and became an international superstar. Decades later three young black women are turned away from a club, discriminated against and excluded, their bodies branded ‘undesirable’.

NIGHTCLUBBING is an interdisciplinary performance that sees Young and her ‘badass band of super-humans’ zoom through galaxies and solar systems, preparing for their moment to land.

Award-winning performance maker Rachael Young lives and works in London and Nottingham. Her playful and collaborative current practice embraces autobiographical experience, movement, sound, repetition and exhaustion to explore political resistance and the relentless fight for justice. Her recent show OUT explored the queer black experience, and toured nationally and internationally throughout 2017

On receiving the Compass Commission, Rachael commented –

“Being awarded this commission represents a big turning point for me. It will massively support my ambition to further explore and expand the use of movement in my practice, and it feels great to know that I’ll have the time, space and support to do that.

“The commission means that we can work with the creative team in a way that we want and realise the potential of this ambitious project, with the help of the vast experience and knowledge that Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban have to offer.”

Compass Commissions is the Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban Partnership’s commissioning scheme supporting selected UK-based artists throughout the process of creation.

Each commissioned artist receives a package of support, including £4,000, rehearsal facilities at Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban, production development support and performance opportunities.

NIGHTCLUBBING is also supported by Arts Council England, Camden People’s Theatre, The Lowry, Live Art UK, Diverse Actions, The Marlborough Theatre and Greenwich University.

Upcoming dates:

The Lowry, Salford – 26 – 27 April, 8pm –

Camden People’s Theatre, London – 8 – 12 May, 7:15pm –

Brownton Abbey, Brighton Dome (excerpt only) – 25 May, 8pm –

Watch Out Festival, Cambridge Junction – 26 May, time TBC –

Latitude Festival – 13 July, time TBC –