OPENING NIGHT: Good Stock on the Dimension Floor: an Opera
Friday, 15 January 2021
GOOD STOCK ON THE DIMENSION FLOOR: AN OPERA, dir. HowDoYouSayYamInAfrican?
“What happens to the Black body when it is haunted by a ‘Blackness’ outside of it?”
Both dizzying, kaleidoscopic prayer and tenacious ode to Black selfhood, we open LSFF 2021 with a rare presentation of HowDoYouSayYaminAfrican?'s 35 part filmic opera.
The Black and predominantly queer art collective, an evolving line up of poets and artists from across the world, abstracts and reimagines opera in any traditional conception, with compositions contributed by TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone, cellist Kelsey Lu amongst its 38 members.
Set to hip-hop, blues, noise, R&B and electronica, the piece uses the voice (chanting, singing, screaming; written by award-winning poet and activist Dawn Lundy Martin) as its primary tool, verbalising centuries of alienation, vulnerability and protest in the global African diaspora through its disruptive libretto.
Through visual trickery and production design by visual artist Sienna Shields, the work disrupts the linearity of time and with it, homogeneity, offering non-normative alternatives to both white supremacy and the insularity of the art world.
Programmed by Tom Grimshaw. 58'
The screening will be followed by TIFF programmer and writer Lydia Ogwang in exclusive Q&A with several of the members - visual artists Sienna Shields, Jasmine Murrell and Andre Springer, poet and writer Dawn Lundy Martin, and writer, artist and senior editor of the LA Review of Books Lisa Teasley.
This programme contains flashing images and nudity.
The live-streamed Q&A will be BSL interpreted.
GOOD STOCK ON THE DIMENSION FLOOR: AN OPERA
This 34 part filmic poem reinterprets traditional opera conventions to ask: 'What happens to the black body when it is haunted by "a blackness" outside of it?'
The spoken, sung and screamed libretto (by poet and activist Dawn Lundy Martin) explores the consequences of centuries of global racial strife thrust upon those of African descent.