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L.GOLD.BT

SEE ART & BE ART

23 September 2016


•L.GOLD.BT

In association with nitroBEAT

Supported by Ovalhouse, Westway Trust & V-Inspired

Date

Friday 23 September

Time

7.30pm

Venue

Ovalhouse, 52-54 Kennington Oval London SE11 5SW

Free entry

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Walk in, walk out... See art and be art

A queer woman of colour's experiment on existance and representation

A free, relaxed open mic night with live discussion and a showcase of dance, art and music by young, queer, black artists and friends

The aim is to create a genuine celebration of us, a time to see sexuality as something more than a running joke, pornography or sin. A night where creatives and audiences can network, perform and see ourselves in the art.

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For more info email:lgoldbt@mail.com

Q&A with Maya Williams

Performer, choreographer, teacher, nitroBEAT Intern... and L.GOLD.BT creator

What inspired you to set up L.GOLD.B.T?

Growing up I never thought representation mattered. The need for a role model, or to see someone like myself in positions of influence and in diverse roles just didn’t seem necessary. My attitude as an eight year old was “Why do I need to see an astronaut who looks like me, to make me feel like I can be astronaut? I can do whatever I want, in fact I’m going to space next year just to prove it…”

In some ways I still agree with eight year old me. I was going to conquer the world regardless of whether I was the first to do it. But as I grew up (I'm 20 now) this simplistic attitude towards representation fell apart. Trying to find a comfortable way to identify with my sexuality, I realised that one reason I struggled was from seeing damaging stereotypes of hyper-masculine, aggressive caricatures or heavily pornographic images representing what it meant to be gay.

L.GOLD.B.T partly came about as a way for me to try and create the representation I was lacking when I was younger. I’m starting with a free Open Mic and showcase of arts by the young lgbtq+ community and allies. In doing this, I want to create space for us to exist, to meet and to collaborate creatively in a way that is lacking. The night goes beyond my experience and perspective, I’m opening the floor to others to speak about theirs, and hopefully let that manifest into something uplifting for the community in general. We’re dismissing weak ideas and caricatures to define our sexuality and taking the chance to mould it for ourselves.

You describe the event as ‘A Queer woman of colours experiment on existence and representation’, can you expand on this?

The term ‘queer people of colour’ or #qpoc, was one simple and uplifting way to see so many other women who identify and connect on social media. It was like, “Okay, so we do exist, and here is a visible acceptance of our ethnicity and sexuality”. I felt as though I’d found genuine representation. In describing the event as an experiment on existence and representation, It’s partly to do with me taking this sense of community that I find with #qpoc, and giving it a platform that isn’t only online. Which I definitely feel is a live experiment.

Who or what influences you creatively?

I’ve been heavily influenced by the ‘art heux’ movement; a social media collective of young, black, creative women who have embraced and claimed the quirks of social media culture and used it as a way of uplifting themselves and others. Search #artheux or #arthoe on any platform and you’re likely to see selfies super-imposed into this century’s ‘maters pieces’ of art, with a mixed media approach of iphone doodles and bold text statements on empowerment. It makes an obvious point about lack of representation when we see black women inserting themselves into the art. The movement inspired me to use the arts to highlight the lack of diversity and lgbtq+ representation. Even just the title, L.GOLD.B.T, comes from the idea of taking ‘lgbt’ and inserting something beautiful into it as a way of uplifting the community, and that wouldn’t have come about had I not seen women like myself doing the very same thing.

What can audiences expect on the 23rd September?

The line-up at L.GOLD.B.T will include choreographed dance pieces, music, spoken word and visual art from lgbtq+ artists and allies. The event is led, and the content is created, by young people. It has elements of a scratch night and elements of poetry corner. Initially, I had more of a formal showcase in mind, but it’s naturally evolved into what feels like an informal live exhibition. Even the word audience feels strange in reference to the event now, as I want everyone to feel that the space they enter isn’t a sit down show, but something they have the freedom to experience and influence. I encourage everyone there to bring their artistic content, be that poetry, dancing, music, whatever medium they use. Professional, first-timers, bedroom dj’s… all are welcome.

How can artists get involved?

Sign up to the Open Mic by emailing lgoldbt@mail.com or direct message us on Instagram @lgoldbt

 

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A performer, teacher and choreographer, Maya has trained in jazz, ballet, contemporary and choreography and is a former student of Lewisham College. She is a member of Laban, Shift, Artistry and One Youth dance companies. Currently an apprentice at Sadler's Wells with Breakin' Convention (the UK's largest hip hop theatre event), an intern with NitroBeat, and soon to be a student on the Ballet Boyz Talent course. She is looking to expand her network of artists and creatives in London and develop herself as a theatre practioner.

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Creating inter-genre soundscapes through beatbox, vocals, collected sounds, spoken word and instrumentation, Xana undresses politics of gender, racialisation, nationalism and migration.

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Rebekah Ubuntu is a London-based performance artist and musician whose collaborative work has featured on BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac show, London’s Serpentine Galleries, and UK-wide arts institutions. Current works in development include electronic music performance, songwriting and live art projects. Catch Rebekah on Saturday 24 September on Dalston Roof Park for Resis'dance's Women in Music.

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A performer, teacher and choreographer, Maya has trained in jazz, ballet, contemporary and choreography and is a former student of Lewisham College. She is a member of Laban, Shift, Artistry and One Youth dance companies. Currently an apprentice at Sadler's Wells with Breakin' Convention (the UK's largest hip hop theatre event), an intern with NitroBeat, and soon to be a student on the Ballet Boyz Talent course. She is looking to expand her network of artists and creatives in London and develop herself as a theatre practioner.

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Creating inter-genre soundscapes through beatbox, vocals, collected sounds, spoken word and instrumentation, Xana undresses politics of gender, racialisation, nationalism and migration.

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Rebekah Ubuntu is a London-based performance artist and musician whose collaborative work has featured on BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac show, London’s Serpentine Galleries, and UK-wide arts institutions. Current works in development include electronic music performance, songwriting and live art projects. Catch Rebekah on Saturday 24 September on Dalston Roof Park for Resis'dance's Women in Music.

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•Location

Directions to Ovalhouse

Bus
3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 436 (Oval Station or Kennington Church bus-stop)
Nearest Mainline Rail
Vauxhall (12 min walk)


Tube
Oval (Northern Line, 100yrds) and Vauxhall (Victoria Line, 12 min walk)

Santander Cycle Docks
Kennington Road Post Office, Kennington Lane Tesco and Vauxhall Cross.


Car Park
For disabled drivers only. On-street parking nearby (free after 6:30pm). Ovalhouse is not in the congestion charge area.