London Short Film Festival 2021

Opening Night: Good Stock on the Dimension Floor: An Opera

Expired January 17, 2021 7:00 PM
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“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.

Set to hip-hop, blues, noise, R&B and electronica, the piece uses the voice (chanting, singing, screaming; written by 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 hand-made production design, 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. 57'

This programme contains flashing images and nudity.

Subtitles are provided with thanks to our partnership with Subly.