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Second Home (60-80 Hanbury St, London, E1 5JL)
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LCMF 2018: I feel so Mezzaniney (Saturday 9th)

Carlos María Romero / Steven Warwick
HQ: (I feel so Mezzaniney) (2018)
(UK premiere)

HQ: (I feel so Mezzaniney) (2018) is a collaboration between artist & musician Steven Warwick and dancer/choreographer Carlos María Romero, developed at the FUGA residency in Zaragoza earlier this year. This performance is the latest mutation of Warwick’s ‘Mezzanine’ performance series, each of which responds to the architecture in which it is performed, in conjunction here and previously with Romero’s choreographic practice.

Dancers (Las Mezzaninas) are maids-in-waiting, performing labour and acting out the conflicts found in, and on, platform-capitalism, where self-care routines and community-building are monetised and gaslighting fragments trust. Sound is dissected and reduced to the minimal rhythms found on runways and in queer club spaces.

If go-go is a dance form that often objectifies the body into a spectacle to be gazed at by the voyeur, in this fictive HQ the body’s pose becomes ambient; less spectacle, more part of the furniture. Warwick and Romero deliberately inhabit the co-working space of Second Home as an ecology where bodies and sound are temporal sculptures. Reflecting upon contemporary feelings of isolation, they posit questions of agency and conspicuous displays of social interactions in an age of unsettling populism.

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