- Yet Familiar
Me listening to Drake singing that he’s a lesbian too. Or remembering that very special kiss in that very special place. Or the sweet smell of sopaipillas pasadas. Pleasure is a feeling of satisfaction and enjoyment derived from what is to one’s liking.
In this new piece, Hanna and Shirley continue to discuss race and lesbianism through the abject but in a vulnerable rather than threatening form. In contrast to Shirley’s last solo (where otherness and becoming were discussed through the monstrous) you are now being invited to a playful and fragile distortion. An analogue reality with fragments of (sur)real and pleasurable memories. Fragile and fatale, clinching on to its future shapes, imagine a fictional self whose physical abilities are extended beyond human limitations. Fragmentary and fleeting, fun and freaky. They are strange, yet familiar.
- About Shirley Harthey Ubilla
Shirley Harthey Ubilla is a Chilean-Swedish choreographer and performance artist based in Estocolmo. Her choreographic work focuses on lesbian desire, latinidad, warping structures of power and queer realness.
With her foundation in street dance, the genre is evident in all of Shirley’s work, yet over the past few years her focus has shifted from emphasizing freestyle and traditional expressions within street dance to being influenced by a broader movement practice and different performative practices.The combination of a background in street dance as well as the underground techno culture, has given the understanding that everyone who is in the room (performer and spectator) affects both the atmosphere and what actually occurs. In recent years Shirley has been occupied with thinking about how socially constructed identities depend and arise from our relationships to other people. Further she has been dealing with how she negotiates her queer Latinx identity within the white performing arts tradition. As a butch lesbian of color, she is highly aware of the fact that bodies matter, and this is something that drives all of her artistic work. She has a strong belief that the making of art is a fragile, fierce and a badass way of figuring out how to live in the world.
Idea and concept: Shirley Harthey Ubilla & Hanna Kisch
Choreographer/Performer: Shirley Harthey Ubilla
Costume design: Hanna Kisch & Nina Johansson
Set design: Hanna Kisch & Juli Apponen
Music and sound design: Maya Lourenço
Light design: Angela X
Producer: Johnson & Bergsmark
Technician and technical coordinator: Björn Kuajara
Artistic process in dialogue with: Rolf “Butcherqueen” Backman & Cajsa Godée
Co-produced by: MDT & Dansens Hus
Photographer & Art director: Kitty Lee Schumacher
CGI: Maxi Galgenmaier
Performance photo: Märta Thisner
Supported by: The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Swedish Arts Council, Region Stocholm & Stockholm stad and Uferstudios GmbH in the frame of the European network project Life Long Burning, Creative Crossroads, funded by the program European Culture.