Reignite: Artist Bursaries
Reignite is a bursary programme set up in 2020 to support artists working within live performance to develop their practice. Each bursary is created bespoke for what the artist/company needs right now.
In October 2021 Home Live Art placed a call-out for artists to be part of Reignite 2022. The five artists selected were Anna Maria Nabirye, Homosexual Death Drive, Istanbul Queer Collective, Jake Wood and Rodent.
Anna Maria Nabirye: Black Joy Matters
“What is it to reimagine your body as a home for joy and pleasure? How can the words of Black women describing what they find joyful, be a pathway to healing. The skin is a thin place where words, imagery and ancestors can pass through. Moisture for dry skin. Sometimes the skin is so dry it cracks and breaks and bleeds. Sometimes the skin is so dry and the balm too potent to penetrate it.” – Anna Maria Nabirye
This Reignite residency will take place during late summer 2022 in St Leonards and Brighton, the artist will collaborate with lighting designer Sarah Readman and choreographer Imogen Knight.
Homosexual Death Drive: Poundbury
“Poundbury is a suburb of Dorchester, it is the architectural mission of Charles, Prince of Wales and also one of his cash cows. I spent a week in Poundbury, immersed in totalitarian middle England. I wanted to see what my Otherness and critical perspectives, factors not included in the Masterplan, might reveal creatively.” – Homosexual Death Drive
Istanbul Queer Art Collective: Sympoiesis
“Sympoiesis is the tile of a new performance, which catalogues sexual positions for an alien anatomy created through costumes that map new and detachable/adjustable erogenous zones on to the body. Sympoiesis hopes to incite the viewer to open their minds to the infinite possibilities inherent in bodily intimacy that is often reduced to the straight and narrow by the heteronormative dominant culture.” – Istanbul Queer Art Collective
Jake Wood: Muscle Mary
“This residency is about using notions of reclamation as the foundation of connection. Reclaiming land to grow, reclaiming my queer identity to grow and using the notion of the Romney Marshes as space to investigate and reflect these ideas. In addition to looking at a physical, humorous practice in my work, the residency also explores where my work sits in the context of queer spaces and histories.” – Jake Wood
“As I continue shifting the focus of my work towards theatre and live art contexts, producing more long-form work, I want to retain the sonic embodiment that makes club and cabaret performance so immediately captivating and absorbing as both a performer and audience member.” – Rodent
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Reignite 2020/21 Artists
In 2020 we launched a micro-bursary programme to support artists working within live performance and enable them to continue their work in the challenging times of COVID.
Whiskey Chow: You must everywhere wander 你必顧盼
This work showcases an imaginative queer masculine body-scape, where the spices used in Chinese cooking grow as spectacular natural landscapes
It is a hybrid of filmed performance, CGI animation and sound art drawing on Chinese myth and a sense of belonging from an Asian queer diasporic perspective.
Whiskey Chow is a London-based performance artist and Chinese drag king.
You must everywhere wander 你必顧盼 debuted at ‘Queering Now 酷兒鬧 2021: Dreamality’
Local Foreigner: Just An Other Crossing
This project places audiences in the middle of a channel crossing journey using virtual reality and the live amplification of their heart beats.
A collaboration with photographer and film maker Manuel Vason who captured the artists journey across the channel in 360° film.
Local Foreigner makes work in response to the confused socio-political climate surrounding ideas of locality and foreignness.
Performed at Folkestone Fringe during the 2021 Triennial
Pink Suits: Closet Bodies
A live dance theatre performance and multi media arts exhibition exploring gender roles, identity, fantasy, expression and the complexities of being ‘closeted’.
Through punk rage, dance improvisation, music and theatrical imagery pink suits immerse you into an imaginarium of gender non conformity and radical self love…
pink suits are a Non Binary, Queer Feminist Punk Rock & Rage duo based in Margate, UK
Eirini Kartsaki: LUXURIA
From the depths of the mediterranean, the darkest corners of the ocean emerges LUXURIA, the seaweed monster. Her labia is so long it resembles a beast, a beast, a linguine beast, her tummy is pushing, it’s pushing, and there is some seaweed coming out of her seaweed coming out of her seaweed coming out of her tubes, her eels, her eels, and she is lactating orange juice.
Eirini Kartsaki is a performance practitioner, writer and Lecturer in Drama at East 15 Acting School, University of Essex.
Tink Flaherty: Benched
“Sitting side by side with a stranger always makes me feel at ease, a feeling that I often struggle to achieve as an autistic person trying to connect in a neuro-typical world.”
Benched is an intimate performance about fleeting relationships with unlikely people in unlikely places. It’s about a search for spontaneous connection in a world that has us turning away from each other.
Tink Flaherty is an artist making intimate, provocative work exploring disability, class and connectivity.
Rodent: The Big Bad Wolf
A cabaret performance for children ages 6+ exploring ideas around anxiety, joy and being your true self.
Rodent is a Creature Performer who comes out late at night….
Reignite 2020 (formally New Fragments)
Sex Music is a performance and music collaboration from artists Catherine Hoffmann and Florence Peake.
Formed in August 2016, these brazen eroto-clowns seek to revive you from your tinder-induced torpor with dildo beats and goddess grime – all in the name of Fem DIY.
Rachael is an award-winning artist and writer.
Her work creates spaces for intersectional realities to be explored and celebrated and for alternative narratives and forms to evolve and be heard.
Angel Rose with Oozing Gloop
Angel Rose is an interdisciplinary artist based in Hastings whose practice spans performance, writing, video and printed media.
Oozing Gloop is the only disabled artist in the UK using drag in conjunction with chaos magic to engineer public political spectacle.
Together they have created ‘The Serious Fun Funzine’
Paris Grande is an artist and activist based in Hastings.
Their work uses the lens of drag to explore world events and media portrayals of the “Good” and the “Bad”.
Header images: Rachael Young, NIGHTCLUBBING. Photographer Alice Denny
- When Artist Development Scheme