Premiere Shirley Harthey Ubilla - Yet Familiar

Premiere Shirley Harthey Ubilla - Yet Familiar

In the frame of the Creative Crossroad activity, Shirley Harthey Ubilla was selected by MDT Stockholm to receive a 2 years structural support by the LLB network.

This support includes a co-production support by MDT Stockholm and residencies at Tanzfabrik and Uferstudios Berlin, with a coaching option at the latter.

 

Performance presentation "Yet unfamiliar" at MDT Stockholm, Nov. 2021

Shirley Harthey Ubilla is a Chilean-Swedish performance artist and choreographer based in Estocolmo. Shirley’s work builds partly on the street genre and its traditions and partly on contemporary performative practices. Focusing on desire, shifts in power, and queer sexuality, she is interested in how projections of gender and racialization is created between bodies. In close collaboration with Hanna Kisch they created Abject of Desire (2018) where otherness and becoming was discussed through the abject and monstrous. This new piece, Yet Familiar (2021), Hanna and Shirley continue to discuss race and lesbianism through the abject but in the form of “vulnerable instead of threatening”. Shirley with her artistic team invites you to an analog reality, fragments of (sur)real memories, a glitch, a fragile distortion, a sci-fi dance show party takin place in a dimension that is “strange but yet familiar in a way”.


Idea and concept: Shirley Harthey Ubilla & Hanna Kisch
Choreographer/Performer: Shirley Harthey Ubilla
Costume design: Hanna Kisch & Nina Johansson
Set design: Hanna Kisch & Juli Apponen
Music and sound design: Maya Lourenço
Light design: Angela X
Producer: Sara Bergsmark
Artistic process in dialogue with: Rolf “Butcherqueen” Backman & Cajsa Godée


Shirley Harthey Ubilla was born in Chile, raised in Sweden and works as an artist and an educator. Harthey Ubilla explores questions regarding gender, race, intersectionality and beyond. Being trained as a street dancer, the genre is evident in all her work, yet, over the past few years the focus has shifted and the work has become influenced by broader movement practices and various performative contexts. Shirley Harthey Ubilla is one of the members of the performance collective JUCK (thrust) which has had a great impact in Sweden. Recent solo work includes the debut solo performance Abject of Desire which premiered at Dansens hus in Stockholm in 2018- a dark performance where otherness was discussed through the abject and the monstrous.


"During the two years of Creative Crossroads my main focus will be on creating a new piece Cyborg Me (chapter 2). I am still interested in the abjectal but will shift my gaze from the darkness to a more romantic sci-fi world where my future self, in the form of a cyborg, lives in a utopia where I can be everything I want to be. This new piece will be the second chapter, my second solo work. Furthermore I also want to perform my first solo in order to continue developing my dance practice (learning by doing). I also want to broaden my network and share my work with people/artists outside of Sweden." Shirley Harthey Ubilla

Premiere Shirley Harthey Ubilla - Yet Familiar

10.11.21 - 13.11.21

MDT Stockholm (SE)

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Residency Shirley Harthey Ubilla

07.12.20 - 20.12.20

MDT Stockholm

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Residency Shirley Harthey Ubilla

13.07.20 - 26.07.20

MDT Stockholm

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Residency Shirley Harthey Ubilla

13.07.20 - 26.07.20

MDT Stockholm

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supported/organized by MDT