SERAFINE1369

SERAFINE1369. Photo: Katarzyna Perlak

SERAFINE1369. Photo: Katarzyna Perlak

SERAFINE1369. Photo: Katarzyna Perlak

SERAFINE1369 (previously lastyearzinterestingnegroisdead) lives and works in London, UK. SERAFINE1369’s practice is always relational, moving across spaces, contexts, roles and collaborations. They work with dramatic compositions of sculpture, electronic music, overwhelm, syncopation, internal narratives, texture, trance states, the public and dance, to build atmospheric landscapes through the live unfolding of the tensions between things that produce meaning. The resultant choreographies engage with questions of entanglement, alienation and sensation. SERAFINE1369 is the moniker of Jamila Johnson-Small, 2019/20 Torchlight Artist at Siobhan Davies Dance, UK. Recent performances include Silencio, France (2019); Transmediale, Germany (2019); Palais de Tokyo, France (2018); and Institute of Contemporary Arts, UK (2018).

Project Description

SERAFINE1369 presents a newly commissioned performance at the Lewis’s Building during the Biennial’s closing week. Embodying a 2-hour performance of a collection of actions and interventions, SERAFINE1369’s work questions the arc of climax as the only possible trajectory. Taking the idea of bodies as oracular entities as a departure point and working with dance as a state of multidimensional knowledge/awareness production, the performance reflects on things that are irreducible to the concept of function. The audience is invited to visit and inhabit the space, able to come and go for the duration of the performance. SERAFINE1369 makes choreographies with text, darkness, electronic music and artist cameos that are atmospheric landscapes through which the tensions between things create meaning.

Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial.