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Encounters | Double Bill: Marikiscrycrycry & Joseph Mercier

Yorkshire Dance invites you to the final night of Encounters. Come and join us as we celebrate the work of two fantastic artists!

Marikiscrycrycry – He’s Dead

An assemblage of choreographic images and tableaus studying the creation of Black futurity using contemporary and historic cultural references. Marikiscrycrycry utilises powerful choreographic skills to address melancholia, beginning with the question “Was Tupac depressed?”

(Malik Nashad Sharpe (they/them)) is a choreographer and dancer. Currently artist-in-residence at Tate Britain/Tate Modern, Malik is also the recipient of an ArtsAdmin Bursary and has recently worked with the English National Opera and Gate Theatre. Other work includes performances and commissions at Frieze art fair, Fierce Festival and the Marlborough Theatre to name just a few. Marikiscrycrycry’s work excavates multiple themes of Blackness and Queerness. This work is presented in partnership with New Queers on The Block.


Joseph Mercier – Desperate Gestures

This place is post Whitney
And post Michael.
This place is Paris Hilton’s sex tape.
And Britney’s breakdown
This place is a dream of a dream of the American Dream
And where dreams go to die.
And where dreams go to make their mommies proud.

This project is working with the idea that any attempt to be present can’t be separated from a culture of convenience, a fetish for the new, and a commodification of the ‘now’ that permeates every cell of contemporary life and so any attempt to present might be something of a desperate gesture. We feel backwards through queer histories, and reach forward to horizons of possibility. Drawing on queer subcultures, counter cultures and pop cultures, we make a spectacle of ourselves.

We may look trivial and cheap, camp and pathetic, but these are the materials of queer world building and we demand they be taken seriously. Or maybe not. Perhaps too much is lost if we get taken too seriously.

This is a work in progress showing of the work.

Age guidance: 16+