Shirley Harthey Ubilla is a Chilean-Swedish performance artist and choreographer based in Estocolmo. Shirley’s work builds partly on the street genre and its traditions and partly on contemporary performative practices. Focusing on desire, shifts in power, and queer sexuality, she is interested in how projections of gender and racialization is created between bodies. In close collaboration with Hanna Kisch they created Abject of Desire (2018) where otherness and becoming was discussed through the abject and monstrous. This new piece, Yet Familiar (2021), Hanna and Shirley continue to discuss race and lesbianism through the abject but in the form of “vulnerable instead of threatening”. Shirley with her artistic team invites you to an analog reality, fragments of (sur)real memories, a glitch, a fragile distortion, a sci-fi dance show party takin place in a dimension that is “strange but yet familiar in a way”.
- Idea and concept: Shirley Harthey Ubilla & Hanna KischChoreographer/Performer: Shirley Harthey UbillaCostume design: Hanna Kisch & Nina JohanssonSet design: Hanna Kisch & Juli ApponenMusic and sound design: Maya LourençoLight design: Angela XProducer: Sara BergsmarkArtistic process in dialogue with: Rolf “Butcherqueen” Backman & Cajsa GodéeCo-produced by: MDT & International scene of Contemporary dance/Sweden,
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.