Xavier de Sousa and Foreign Actions Productions present POST.
This warm, inviting solo performance celebrates the migrant experience, delving into the construction of national identity and the notions of borders and nationalism in a changing socio-political climate. Devised and performed by Xavier de Sousa
UK TOUR: Saturday 11 November 2017 – Wednesday 16 May 2018 & further 2018 dates to be confirmed
PRESS NIGHT: Toynbee Studios, London, Saturday 11 November 2017, 7.30pm and Sunday 12 November 2017, 2.30pm
“This is a production of consummate ease and huge sensitivity.” A Younger Theatre
On tour across the UK for the first time, this bold theatre show celebrates the freedom of movement: the mixing of cultures and identities, of experiences and world views, by inviting audiences to eat, drink and get merry to challenge what a ‘nation’ is nowadays.
POST considers how notions of national identity and their basis within past colonial adventures reflect on contemporary systems of oppression which in turn continue to reinforce racial and colonial discriminations today. The performance asks what a national identity is today and reflects on borders as protective systems, asking us who they protect us from, what they represent and what they are reinforcing.
Deviser and performer Xavier de Sousa said: “POST came as a direct response to the rhetoric employed around migration and refugees in the UK and across mainland Europe. It was essentially my way of re-gaining some sense, some pride and joy in the word and the lived experience that being a migrant provides you with.”
“Since moving to England, I have always questioned what ‘national identity’ might mean, and certainly why we have to confine ourselves with a passport mainly due to where we were born? The place where you are born is merely coincidental. What you have around you, what you learn and what you become, those are what defines us. I use British history in the show to illustrate how the concept of ‘national identity’ is an oppressive social control vehicle hence the name POST which proposes to explore what ‘post-nationality’ might be. Or as Theresa May might call it ‘citizenship of nowhere’.
“POST looks back through history and at specific traditions and identities that are part of both Portugal and England’s brand, deconstructs them and asks ‘why are we so obsessed with keeping this so-called national identity, what the hell is that in the first place and why are so many of us willing to die for it?”
Performances at Toynbee Studios and the Marlborough Theatre will feature post show migrant takeover parties, in partnership with Counterpoint Arts, the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group and TRAUMFRAU. The parties will give migrant friends a platform and rebalance the power to celebrate everything migrants bring to the UK.
The parties will feature performances, installations and DJ sets by local migrant artists, in a celebration of multi-culturalism, national identity and above all, our migrant communities. Migrants are welcome to come and enjoy the marvels of dancing to songs they barely understand the lyrics to, share experiences of micro-aggression, and rant about the impossible bureaucracy of moving. Brits are also welcome at this inclusive event.
The migrant takeover party lineups will feature artist and performers including Rachael Young, Malik Nashad Sharpe, Local Foreigner and Johanna Lindsey. Full line-ups to be confirmed on the venue websites.
POST is produced by Foreign Actions Productions, a producing company for live art and performance art practices and events, with a special focus on the platforming of migrant voices of all kinds and backgrounds.
This is an extra-live show and audiences are invited to respond to the show in whatever way feels natural; moving around, making noises and coming and going from the auditorium if needed. Latecomers are permitted. For more information on the Extra-Live movement, please follow this link: http://www.extra-live.co.uk/
POST is a new commission by Ovalhouse Theatre and is supported by Bike Shed Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
This performance has developed into a full production from Xavier de Sousa’s FiRST BiTE work-in-progress piece Saudade, originally presented at Ovalhouse in 2015.
Xavier de Sousa is an independent performance maker and producer. Having grown up with Europe’s oldest performance art festival, CITEMOR (Portugal), he has been working solidly in theatre, dance and live art since graduating from Kingston University in 2010. His previous solo practice included Almost Xav, a character which explored hyper-masculinity and the effects of mainstream discourse on masculinity, which was performed at Latitude Festival, Southbank Centre and King’s Head Theatre.
He has previously worked with Tino Sehgal, Lauren Barri Holstein, Richard De Domenici, Rosana Cade, Forest Fringe, Louise Orwin, Ellie Stamp, Needless Alley Collective and OperaUpClose amongst others. He has also performed in a variety of solo shows and collaborations at Latitude Festival, Tate Modern, Vogue Fabrics, Southbank Centre, Whitechapel Gallery, Old Vic Tunnels, King’s Head Theatre and Camden People’s Theatre amongst others.
As a producer, he currently works with Chris Goode and Company, and together with Sally Rose, he runs Producer Gathering which proposes to be a point of network, mapping and sharing of resources for producers of all backgrounds. This initiative came from a two-year-long producer residency at the Live Art Development Agency.
Devised and performed by Xavier De Sousa
Dramaturgy by Deborah Pearson and Ira Brand
Produced by Sally Rose Lighting by Marty Langthorne
Sound by George Percy Design by Lucky Bert
Tour Produced by Toni Lewis
www.xavierdesousa.co.uk | @xavinisms | #POSTtour
Running time: 90 minutes | Age restriction: All ages
28 Commercial Street, London, E1 6AB
Saturday 11 November 2017 | 7.30pm
Sunday 12 November 2017 | 2.30pm
£8 (£6) (post show migrant takeover party included in ticket price)
Book tickets online at: www.artsadmin.co.uk
4 Prince’s Street, Brighton BN2 1RD
Friday 24 November 2017
7.30pm | £9.50 (£7.50) (FREE entry to migrant takeover party with or without POST ticket)
Box office: 01273 273 870 | www.marlboroughtheatre.org.uk
21 Kingland Road, Poole BH15 1UG
Tuesday 13 February 2018
7.30pm | £12 (£10)
Box office: 01202 280000 | www.lighthousepoole.co.uk
South Meadow Lane, Preston, Lancashire PR1 8JP
Wednesday 14 March 2018
TBC | £TBC
Box office: 01772 499425 | www.newcontinental.net
15 Theatre Walk, St Peter’s Quarter, Derby, DE1 2NF
Friday 16 March 2018
7.30pm | £10 (£8)
Box office: 01332 59 39 39 | www.derbytheatre.co.uk
Colchester Arts Centre
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
Wednesday 4 April 2018
7.30pm | Pay What You Want
Box office: 01206 500900 | www.www.colchesterartscentre.com
Live Art Bistro
Regent Street, Leeds, LS27QA
Friday 6 April 2018
8pm | £6/8
Box office: Book online at www.liveartleeds.com
Norwich Arts Centre
St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich, NR2 4PG
Thursday 12 April 2018
7.30pm | Pay What You Want
Box office: 01603 660352 | http://norwichartscentre.co.uk
Chapter Arts Centre
Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE
Saturday 14 April 2018
TBC | TBC
Box office: 029 2030 4400 | www.chapter.org
Trinity Road, Bristol, BS2 0NW
Friday 20 April 2018
TBC | £TBC
Box office: 0117 935 1200 | www.3ca.org.uk
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
Saturday 28 April 2018
TBC | £TBC
Box office: 020 7613 7498 | www.richmix.org.uk
FORM – Blackpool
Wednesday 16 May 2018
TBC | £TBC
Box office: TBC