The Rebel Man Standard

14 Nov 2015

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Shoreditch Town Hall

London, United Kingdom


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A day of shared practices with The Rebel Man Standard - Jamila Johnson-Small, Hamish MacPherson and Zinzi Minott - involving complaining, questioning and soft partying.


What if there is already enough for everyone? What do you want to do next? Should we act in spite of the prevailing orders, or instead of them, or through them? What is the minimum we need to have in common to work together?

The Rebel Man Standard is Jamila Johnson-Small, Hamish MacPherson and Zinzi Minott. They work together to re-consider the conventional structures that support artistic creation and practice within dance, sharing resources and conversations around the political implications of this in order to imagine and enable alternatives. In their individual practices they explore, in different ways, the politics of the body, dance and choreography.


Moaning, mourning and lamenting. What is conveyed in futile, not fully articulated or other kinds of 'wrong' complaints? How can complaining be embraced as a way not of fixing things but being together? Hamish will be thinking about how we can use complaining as a way to move and movement as a way to complain.

Dancing Questions

Come and join Zinzi, in a workshop to discuss via movement the politics around dance. What are the issues around talking about the politics of a movement based technique? Zinzi proposes that there are answers in the body that only the body understands. Can we "discuss" the body with the body and consider that a adequate and illuminating dialogue? Let's see. Check your mouth at the door!”


Jamila works alone as Last Yearz Interesting Negro.

Last Yearz Interesting Negro is making a solo show with the awareness that we are never really solo - haunted by ghosts, memories of moments and touch, voices, scenes from dreams and films and stories we once heard or read, the projected fantasies of representation...

A soft party as dance practice: for being beside and alongside one another without the will to produce or communicate anything, without the will to be better or look good. EZ//party is part of the practice of the creation of this new show, where structures should embody the concept/dance the concept/reveal the content. A space to move and reflect on the subtleties of our dancing and thinking and being. Or not.

There will be music, there will be space, there will be ninety minutes. Anyone with an interest is welcome. Following this event, EZ//party will be happening every now and again at Chisenhale Dance Space.


The Rebel Man Standard

The Rebel Man Standard came together to enable the three members to go to ImpulsTanz in Vienna to be part of danceWEB 2015 and following on from this are now engaging in a ten month period of activity. A programme of training, research, performances and conversations exploring the political potentials, and potential ramifications, of contemporary dance and choreographic practice, socially and for the body of the doer.

The Rebel Man Standard is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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The Rebel Man Standard

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Zinzi Minott

Jamila Johnson-Small

Charlotte Cooper

Hamish MacPherson


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