MEET THE ARTISTS
Woman SRSLY are proud to have worked with an amazing group of artists and cannot wait to support more! We are very grateful to all the artists who have performed at the Woman SRSLY platform read all about them below.
The Yonis are a contemporary movement girl band. Inspired by gig culture, we want to recreate the shared feelings of joy, euphoria and togetherness that one feels when watching their favourite band. Our work brings contemporary dance to unexpected places and in doing so encourages audiences to break the audience/performer barriers, to dance with us, enabling a more embodied viewing experience. As an all-female collective we celebrate our bodies as vehicles to be physical, powerful and dynamic, finding strength in coming together to create, take up space and make noise. The Yonis are proud to be girl-band in residence at Woman SRSLY.
Originally from Derbyshire, Alethia began dancing at 14, taking street dance lessons at her local dance school. At 17, she joined Retina Youth Dance Company and Derbyshire Youth Dance Company, and then went on to train at NSCD on the Foundation Course, graduating with the Performance Award. Alethia continued her training at London Contemporary Dance School, where she was a Peggy Hawkins Scholarship recipient. In 2017, she graduated with a First Class Degree and the Principal's Award. Alethia has worked with artists such as Mickael Marso Riviere, Grace Nicol, Filip Van Huffel, Victor Quijada, Renaud Wiser, Gracefool Collective, Mbulelo Ndabeni, and has performed work by Hofesh Shecter. She has also performed in Resolution and at the V&A.
Alethia’s other artistic interests include choreography, singing, sketching and writing. Her choreographic work has been shown on various occasions at the Robin Howard Theatre, and in 2017 her installation "Pull" was shortlisted for the David Steele Choreography Prize.
Alice White is a London based dance and arts lover. Having graduated from Trinity Laban in 2015, Alice currently works in arts Press and Communications as well as creating and performing work. Alice’s choreographic and film based work has been shown at Old Market Theatre, Victoria & Albert Museum, Trinity Laban, Swallowsfeet Festival, Brighton Fringe, Resolution at The Place and other venues across the UK.
Bang and Bollocks
BANG & BOLLOCKS are a surreal duo who have harnessed their procrastination to explore new levels of absurdity, straddling the space between fact and fiction. The friction where expectations meet the everyday. Their work blends genres, building visual stimuli to toy with overstimulation. Collages on paper, moving image, interactive soundscapes and physical body performance.
Originally from Ireland, Becky is a London based choreographer and dance artist. Her work varies from body based performance art to choreographed dance work. She explores themes of gender, identity and sexuality, with a queer/feminist approach. She uses her body as a political force to question the construction of her own identity and where her female body lies in relation to art and to society.
Becky is a London based dancer and choreographer. Companies she has worked for include National Theatre & Marianne Elliot, Eddie Peake at the Barbican, Company Decalage, Marion Motin (FR), Holly Blakey, Ragner Kjartansson, Brigel Gjoka and she is featured in videos and commercials for Dior, Klyne, Dua Lipa, iD and Chanel, River Island, and Take That. She was selected by Hofesh Shechter in 2016 to create a piece for East Wall Warm Up produced by East London Dance and Hofesh Shechter Company and has performed her works Exhibit F, Severed Dreams and RodaDoras at venues around the UK.
Claudia Palazzo is an artist working across performance art, dance, cabaret and film. Her work exists somewhere between the nightclub, gallery and street. Palazzo spent a long time dancing in clubs, cages and podiums as well as for a wide range of other artists and companies. Her solo work starts from dancing, and physical experiences that tend to manifest joy and shame, activism and hedonism, desire and violence. Claudia focuses on the live experience as a place for highly charged connections.
Claudia is often pre-occupied with how to move through, deal with and oppose systems of oppression.
Elinor Rowlands uses experimental film, poetic voice and gathered sound as vessels to defy systemic barriers that prevent disabled artists from showing art. She is provocative in the way she uses these vehicles in a visceral and immersive way to tell stories from marginalised voices. Her neuro diverse experience shines boldly in the way she edits sound and images and combines them with her own voice. Her work has been described as evocative, beautiful and moving, often showing life from the disenfranchised in a way that is elegant and not in a way that repels audiences from the subject but draws them in to empathise because for so many who have grown up with ableist attitudes ingrained in society, it is difficult for them to see barriers that exist to weaken the outsider voices. For equality and diversity to occur, barriers need to be knocked down, attitudes need to change and fear needs to be challenged, because it is from empathy that connection and vitality can truly happen.
Artist, researcher and performer working with a multi-disciplinary practice to explore art as a making process in flux. Devising work that temporarily exists as a live experience, an action-encounter or a conversational situation. Outputs manifest as manipulated media footage and residual fragments of live performance. Collaborative relationships with Claire Hickey (Make/Shift/Space) and Sarah Taylor Silverwood (Concrete Nouns, LTV).
With an elaborate array of pedals, synthesizers and samplers, Fågelle dives into the sounds and textures, experimenting and tinkering until she find what will come together with poetry to create a compelling song. She's a producer and a performer who sees herself in the middle ground between sound art and pop, which leads to wonderful creative latitude while also generating the conundrum of not fitting in with one particular scene. With lyrics in Swedish about our times in micro and macro-perspective she writes about how time is painful and always slipping away and about power and powerlessness. Her music has been described as “a soft punch in the face”.
Geni Lou specializes in Popping and Waacking and has been working professionally since 2009. In addition to participating to various dance events as a guest performer and dancer, her devotion to the dance has led her to be recognised and respected amongst peers nationally and internationally.
Haley McGee is a solo performer, theatre-maker, actor, writer and voiceover artist, originally from Canada, now based in London, UK. She’s been described as “defiantly distinctive” (The Scotsman), “a fearless, raw talent” (CBC Radio), and “one to watch” (A Younger Theatre). She creates solo shows, live performances and plays for people who want to see innovative theatre that makes them feel everything. Combining her diverse experience as a classical actor, improviser, storyteller and clown, she talks directly to audiences and celebrate the live-ness of theatre. She’s into liberating the female voice on taboo subjects and digging into uncomfortable questions with humour and guts.
Hannah is a comedian, performance artist, writer, and lecturer in Drama and Theatre Arts at Kingston University, London. Recent work includes hoo:ha, goo:ga, and The Doctor Is In. She has written for McSweeney's and Comedy Studies. She is also senior personal assistant to Marina Abramopug.
Katie Dale- Everett
Katie Dale-Everett is a freelance dance artist working within the fields of choreography, teaching and performing. Within her work, she seeks to practically and theoretically investigate the definitions of the terms ‘documentation’ and ‘authorship, exploring how time and intertextuallity affect the reading of a work. She challenges documentation’s role as a tool for preservation and instead strives to highlight the subjectivity involved within its creation, believing that each attempt to document creates its own performance.
Nsingo was born in Zambia, raised in Belgium and educated in South Africa before moving to the United Kingdom to complete her Bachelor of Arts at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds and Masters of Arts, with a specialisation in choreography, at the London Contemporary Dance School in 2012. Drawing upon her personal migratory experience, dancer and choreographer Lindy Nsingo has established a unique movement aesthetic that speaks to the essential human desire to belong in a constantly spinning world. Extensively trained in both Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham techniques, as well as possessing a background in traditional ballet, hip-hop and theatre, Nsingo is particularly influenced by the center of the body and the importance of being grounded through movement.
Lucy McCormick makes nightclub installations, cabaret interventions and extravaganza theatre shows, marrying interests in absurdity, ineptitude, feminism and the grotesque.
Her debut solo show Triple Threat stormed the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016, followed by two 3 week runs at Soho Theatre in 2016/17. It was awarded the Take Me Somewhere Brick Award, the Best Performer award at Dublin Fringe, TV Bomb Groundbreaker Award and nominated for a Total Theatre Award & Off West End Award. The show was one of the Guardian’s top 10 comedy shows of 2016 & 17, was part of the Inbetween Time International Showcase 2017 (Bristol), PUSH International Showcase (Vancouver) and continues to tour the UK, Europe, the US and Canada. Lucy is a Research Fellow at Queen Mary University and Associate Artist at Hackney Showrooms & Soho Theatre.
'Lucy McCormick has the moves of Beyonce, the lungs of Christina Aguilera and the morals of a punk iconoclast' The Scotsman
Rachel Ní Bhraonáin
Rachel is a performer, choreographer and movement director based in Ireland. I work with dance, aerial and writing, with a keen interest in dance on screen. Her work focusses on story telling, making the Political personal and combining art forms. Her interdisciplinary approach comes from her own varied experience as a physical performer on stage, on screen, on the side of buildings, suspended from a crane and with intimate, immersive, multidisciplinary shows. Roles have involved contemporary and commercial movement, embodying characters and creatures, speaking parts, performing aerial rope, trapeze and harness.
Scarlett Lassoff is a performance artist who doesn’t fit in performance art and a cabaret artist who doesn’t fit in cabaret, and she recently returned to London after spending 6 months in Los Angeles crash landing into the alt-drag, queer performance and vaudeville scenes there. She presents performative snapshots of dreamlike, bizarre and utopic fantasies through a neurodiverse and DIY lens, often using humour, satire and audience interaction.
Symoné is cabaret and circus artist, most renowned for fusing multiple hula hoops with rollarskates and bringing a club-like energy in her performances. She has worked in over nine different countries, from Jamaica with pop star Omi - you know that catchy song Cheerleader - to London's West End.
Vicki graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with a First Class Honours Degree in 2015. Since graduating, she has further developed her interests in Pilates and Reiki and is currently studying towards obtaining qualifications in both fields. Vicki continues to work in dance both as a choreographer and performer, progressing as an artist who cultivates her crafts holistically.
Virginia Kennard is a live artist and movement practitioner from Aotearoa New Zealand. She recently completed her MA Performance at Leeds Beckett University, and creates explicit body performances and sonic mash-ups that unpack, queer, and revamp unclean femininity, moral panic and sacred spaces.
Yael Claire Shahmoon
Yael Claire Shahmoon is a Multi media artist: singer, composer and performer. also known in her performance name SPIRITWO. She expresses diverse vocal sounds blending musical styles. Her sets include Singing, Vocal effects, Modern Choir works, props and projections. She is a SOAS University student winning a Mildred Loss Scholarship for Middle Eastern liturgical singing in Jerusalem (2015). She performed a Solo set at SPILL Live Art Festival, Roundhouse Accidental Performance Festival and Richmix Arts Centre. She was also headlining Hackney Wicked Art Festival, Supporting Electro Punk Legend Martin Rev (SUICIDE) and Punch Drunk ‘Afters’ at theBattersea Arts Centre.