The change needed is so profound that it is impossible to say. So deep that it is unimaginable. But the impossible is to come. And the unthinkable is due...'
Paul B. Preciado - Feminism is not a humanism.
Breaking the rules, the patriarchy and the time/space continuum. A search for multiple feminist futurisms, reaching for outer space, inciting a Wizard of Oz fever dream. A gesture to the impossible. An ode to the search for utopia. A science fiction / science fact / fantasy futurisms / dubstep mashup. Or just some moves in the night.
Working On My Night Moves is a performative investigation of potential feminist futurism(s) and a celebration of the uncertain as a political stance. It is a poetic attempt to build a black hole and reach outer space, a Wizard of Oz fever dream and a love letter to the spaces that sit in between. By diffusing the power in the room could we ultimately defy gender, and the patriarchy, time and space? Working On My Night Moves builds a collective utopia out of movement; Ideologies, bodies, continents are all constantly moving, shifting, cracking. Allowing our minds to fall in love with the ever shifting crack between any two ideological positions may be road to utopia.
Night Moves is an attempt to diffuse power, hierarchy and build new social relations with and between the audience. Knowing what we now know about power, the falsehood of objective truth and the dangers of utopia how do we begin to map forward progress and new social relations? How do we envisage new worlds that allow for multiplicity, movement and new and as yet unimagines power relations? Inspired by the theory of Karen Barad, Donna Haraway and Jose Esteban Munoz, Night Moves seeks to create a futurism that speaks to the historical complexities of gender and sexual politics while simultaneously creating a set of strategies for forward momentum that places utopia as an ever existing horizon of potentiality.
This work will premiere in March 2019.'
Developed at Battersea Arts Centre, London and through Magnetic North Rough Mix Residency.
Created with support by Creative New Zealand and presented as part of the Basement Theatre’s Basement Visions programme. Footage available on request.