• Yesterday’s News

    I started this article 16th April 2016. Now in Feb 2017, I’ll endeavour to finish it…Yesterday’s News finally written today. 16th April 2016 I picked up a Sunday paper’s supplement a while a go and the feature article was an account of body dysmorphia affecting teenagers. It interviewed a teenager and her mum alongside a profile of a mental health centre offering…

  • Short talk for ‘Dance, Diaspora and the role of the Archive’; A conference by State of Emergency in Partnership with Society for Dance Research, University of Bedfordshire

    As I am sure has been covered much today, in one way or another, archives and archivists are not impartial, neutral or objective. I think that archives have the power to make memory and the power to withhold or forget memories. Archivists Joan M Schwartz and Terry Cook have written that archives ‘have been about power – about maintaining power,…

  • “The Magnitude of Small Spaces” Or “I saw the future and it was dark” Or “A writing exercise in trying not to blame myself for my culturally ingrained passivity”

    I want to talk about small spaces. I want to zoom in to the subtle, the nuanced, the impossibly small and complicated. I want to touch how much volume there is in these present yet unavailable to the naked eye spaces. I have performed O since 2012. I will perform it many more times this year and in years to…

  • Stamina

    I wrote this as part of Project O’s screening of SWAGGA – a film by Katarzyna Perlak at Artsadmin. It’s about the moment in my piece O where I don’t think I can bend and straighten my knee one more time. It’s about how our bodies carry on. http://feministshakedown.tumblr.com/post/129517817681/i-wrote-this-as-part-of-project-os-screening-of

  • A story of bones

    A bone worries, left abandoned in an inky black space. Muscles have departed and there are gaps between connections. The whole skeletal system is finding it painful to stand still, polite and upright – no sloughing. But These elemental structures, these rocks within us move if we’d only listen. Steve Paxton’s smalldance. Like marble – crystalline and without straight lines. Refreshingly…

  • Oh dear, I have been messing around and have made a song. Now I appear to be sharing that song in a moment of madness. Thanks/sorry to Kimya Dawson for riffing off your tune to ‘Underground”. http://feministshakedown.tumblr.com/post/122239108421/oh-dear-i-have-been-messing-around-and-have-made

  • Getting it off my chest

    Disclaimer: I wrote this post several months ago  – January . Today – in my second day of #OpenHouseRiot and after having a twitter conversation with Selina Thompson, I feel somehow galvanised to share it – with minimal editing. So, here is my first blog under the name of Feminist Shakedown The idea for Feminist Shakedown occurred to me back in 2012. I wanted…

  • cunttoday: Be Your Black Girlfriend will be at Ancient & Modern Gallery (Whitecross Street, EC1Y 8QP) today from 12 til 5. Come down for a chat, some tunes, a bit of a show and a free haircut from Daniel Kelly if you like. BYBG is a performance research project by Jamila Johnson-Small and Alexandrina Hemsley. Come hang out with Your…

  • How Can I?

    How can I dance, muse, rant, fire-up, picnic, screech over London rent and be ever-hopeful about choreography and all its extended practices? How can I live, get excited, have more pubic hair than I know what to do with and be ever-hopeful about choreography and all its extended practices? How can I eat, sing, shop, toss and turn until 4am,…