Congratulations on winning Zealous Stories: Performance! Your work aims to challenge our social and political worldviews. How do you use performance as a means of confronting these views?
I can only hope that the work I make can, in some way, be a tool for change. I also know that change happens in small increments over (and through) many different creative, political and social settings and outlets. The arts are my form of activism as well as expression.
Your performance ‘Elephant In the Room’, 2019, looks at the stigma around mental health issues, asking how race, class and culture can affect the way we choose to tackle them. How are these issues addressed through the medium of performance?
The journey of making the piece started with a very simple idea, something that every single human being on this planet does. This was linked to the simplicity of everyday life becoming something else when experiencing mental health issues. I developed that into a movement/text sequence. As I developed the piece further, I started to not only deepen that idea, but to also explore different characters, physicality and where sound/music lives within the piece. Starting from a place of human truth and growing from there is how I tackle projects.