Prof. Chris Wiggington, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities,
Sheffield Hallam University.
WITH PERFORMANCES BY
& AKEIM TOUSSAINT
Drawing on the self-documented death of the eminent herpetologist Dr. Karl Patterson Schmidt, historical accounts of the religious ritual of snake handling, Doppelgangster's personal reports of self-poisoning, reptilian myths of genesis and the coming apocalypse, EVERYBODY LOSES interrogates societal obsessions with eternal youth, eternal life, and the destruction of our planet.
A 1950s scientific lecture, a death diary, a suicide note, an old-timey Southern-style snake handling, and that warning from that one scientist at the start of every disaster film ever. EVERYBODY LOSES is a glorious spectacle and a grave work; this solo performance engages with themes of climate change and the sixth great extinction; asking, with the unprecedented scientific documentation of the changing planet, and our failure to respond to the symptoms, is it too late to stop the poison?
Doppelgangster is an international performance company, currently creating work in the UK and Australia under the creative direction of Tobias Manderson-Galvin (MKA Theatre of New Writing, Melbourne) and Dr. Tom Payne (Sheffield Hallam University). EVERYBODY LOSES features videography by Wales based filmmaker Dr. Sam Christie and an original score by Australian experimental jazz duo Maria Moles and Adam Halliwell.
Photograph: Dr. Tom Payne by Gingersnap.
WINDOWS OF DISPLACEMENT
by AKEIM TOUSSAINT
WINDOWS OF DISPLACEMENT, choreographed and performed by Akeim Toussaint Buck, is an autobiographically sourced solo; blending dance, song and spoken word to explore personal narratives, ancestral memory and the shifting (and increasingly urgent) politics surrounding the movement of people.
Using his experience of being born in Jamaica and now residing in the UK as starting point, Akeim Toussaint Buck explores both historical as well as current political and socio-economic references. Drawing on the contexts of imperialism, colonialism and displacement to create a captivating story of the past, present and future of humanity, Windows Of Displacement takes its audiences on a journey galvanising people power and reclaiming our collective responsibility.
Akeim is a multifaceted performing artist, born in Jamaica and raised in England. He seeks to create moving, thought provoking, accessible, organised and free spirited projects. Since graduating from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance with a first-class honours Bachelor degree in Performing Arts, Akeim has been involved in multiple cross disciplinary programmes with a wide range of artists and communities from around the world. His focus as a maker and collaborator is to combine expressive skills such as dance, writing, film, poetry, beat-box, singing and acting to create performances that tell stories to bring together diverse audiences.
Photograph: Akeim Toussaint by Ashley Karrell.
The Conference commences at 11:00 am on Tuesday 25th June.
Day two begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday 26th June.
The SCUDD AGM will take place at 09:30 am on day two.
The conference closes at 16:00-16:15 pm on the Wednesday.
TRAVEL + ACCOMMODATION
The conference will take place at Sheffield Hallam University's Performance Lab, Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2LQ.
The venue is a short 5 minute walk from Sheffield Station. There are a number of carparks nearby where you will be able to purchase a day ticket. We have discounts at two city centre carparks.
If you are travelling to the Conference from outside of Sheffield, there are hotels to suit all budgets within the city centre.
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