Baroque Drag: Gender, Masculinity and violence
Sutton House, 16.11.2018
In November 2018 _REMIX will present a unique baroque drag experience, After Violence. Performed by drag queen Rhys's Pieces, non-binary vocalist Ella Taylor, lute player Sam Brown, and electronic musician Benjamin Tassie, After Violence will explore gender, masculinity and male violence from a uniquely queer perspective. Text and direction will be by FXXX BXXXX of Oedipa.
Using the music of baroque composer John Dowland as a framework, After Violence will incorporate elements of dance, cabaret, drag, electronic-pop and baroque music to explore plural perspectives on maleness and masculinity. Performed in the beautiful Tudor setting of the National Trust's Sutton House, After Violence will be a unique musical experience, celebrating diverse identities though radical, cross-genre performance.
The performance will last approximately 60 minutes, with a bar until late.
Listen to 'Mourn, Mourn' by John Dowland, sung by countertenor John Lattimore and recomposed by _REMIX, below.
_REMIX will run workshops for members of the LGBTQI+ community to inform the creation of After Violence. Learn more here.
After Violence is made possible using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Rhys Hollis (Rhys's Pieces) is 'revolutionising the London drag scene' [Hunger Magazine]. He is a regular performer at queer venues including the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Her Upstairs, The Glory, Dalston Superstore and elsewhere. Rhys has performed at festivals including Yo Sissy (Berlin), Latitude, and Bestival, at venues such as Tate Modern and Historic Royal Palaces, and is artist in resident at The Roundhouse (2017-2019).
Follow Rhys on his Instagram.
Imbued with their own experiences as a non-binary person, Ella's performance spans operatic and choral singing. Recent performances include appearances at the Leeds Lieder Festival and at the Tête à Tête festival. They are currently studying for a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music. Read more about Ella's work on their website.
Sam Brown has given recitals across the UK and in Spain, France, Germany, Czechia, Switzerland, China and Kenya. He has performed at the Barbican centre, St Martin in the Fields, and St James' Piccadilly, and elsewhere. As well as a recitalist, Sam has collaborated on many theatre and dance projects, performing at the Globe, the Shakespeare Institute, and at the National Gallery. Visit Sam’s website to learn more.
Benjamin Tassie is a composer of electronic and acoustic music. He has collaborated with artists including Joby Burgess, Juice Vocal, Liam Byrne and Rambert Dance, performing at venues including Tate Modern, Wilderness Festival, Kensington Palace and on BBC Radio 3 and Resonance FM. Read more about Benjamin’s work on his website.
FXXX BXXXX is a director and writer. He was the winner of the 2015 Genesis Future Directors Award at the Young Vic, as part of which he directed Man: 3 Plays by Tennessee Williams which sold out in the Clare theatre. In 2014 he wrote, directed and designed a new music theatre work for the London Sinfonietta with composer Gavin Higgins, and in 2014-15 he was a director/librettist on the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme at Aldeburgh Music. Read more about FXXX BXXXX on his website.
The National Trust's Sutton House is a unique Tudor house surviving in East London. Built in 1535 by prominent courtier of Henry VIII, Sir Ralph Sadleir, Sutton House retains much of the atmosphere of a Tudor home including oak-panelled rooms, original carved fireplaces and a charming courtyard.
During the 1980s Sutton House was occupied by squatters and was a music and social venue known as the Blue House. Sutton House's unique history and rich LGBTQI+ programming make it the ideal venue in which to experience After Violence.