photo by jemima yong, feb 2019
here comes the sun
beneath the synthetic terf, we’re looking at deep time baby. this is a ritual for QUEER SURVIVAL, a stagger thru eco + gender anxiety, a collision of non-binary politics and climate catastrophe
an anthropocene queen rises from a polluted wasteland + the earth groans, hooked on an iv drip they told us was JUST high pressure water + its skin cracks and breaks + that genderquake was a 6.8 on the richter scale + im tired + scared + lonely
this is ritual for transformation, and survival
imagined as a contemporary rite, with a fresh dronescape by nat norland, here comes the sun is an attempt to work thru eco + gender anxieties + construct new histories + imagine a different future + queer the apocalypse
here comes the sun is an ongoing project supported with public funds by arts council england + by ]performance s p a c e[ + LADA + chisenhale dance space + mother's ruin + pilot nights.
"Apart from looking & sounding utterly gorgeous, Joseph's work 'Here Comes The Sun' last night felt like a crucial & timely space to think gender justice & climate justice TOGETHER"
charlie ashwell | artist
"Beautifully composed, sensitively held, perfectly pitched; it knows (& loves) its lineage but feels highly original in itself. Really impressive work. Wonderful score by Nat Norland too."
chris goode | artist
"So much rage, so much unforgivingness. Scattered gender, a scattered ecosystem. The 'sun' is ominous but also takes the time to flirt with you. Powerfully written and sexily performed"
dr heidi lu liedke | academic
"a mesmeric, poetic queer apocalypse. From the extinction of the dinosaurs to Dalston Superstore, desolating rapture"
robert holtom | writer
"smart, sexy and powerful ... resonating universally, cosmically and intellectually"
lisa lee | artist
nat norland composer
es morgan dramaturg
jemima yong images
ben normanton publicity design
with thanks to john king and thomas yeomans.
UnShut festival, may 2019
previous performances (work in process)
all images by jemima yong