Archives for the month of: July, 2015

A Stage for Any Revolution was an open modular ‘stage’ by artist Alia Farid based on an architectural model from 1929 by constructivist set designer, Victor Shestakov. The stage, re-envisaged for Edgware Road was used by the public in different ways; for long-distance participation in events happening across the Arab world, for sitting together to share discussions, for making declarations or speeches, for convening groups of people, and hosting events.

On 11 July, Alia Farid will launch the stage with a performance of Zoe Leonard’s I want a President… in Arabic and English. This collective reading is part of an ongoing project initiated by artists Malin Arnell, Kajsa Dahlberg, Johanna Gustavsson and Fia-Stina Sandlund in collaboration with artist Zoe Leonard.

To mark the launch of Bright Echo, Sophia Al-Maria responded to Alia Farid’s A Stage for Any Revolution  by organising Acts of Memory – Tyburnia, a performance of Monica Ross’ original piece Anniversaryan act of memory which is a collective, multilingual recitation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Acts of Memory – Tyburnia was performed at 3.30pm on 18 July at Nutford Place.

Sophia Al-Maria is a writer who lives in London now. In 2012 her first book, The Girl Who Fell to Earth received high praise in the United States from The New York Times to Elle Magazine and is being published in Arabic as Between the Earth and the Sky this year. In January 2015 Sophia was selected for the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriting Lab where she worshipped her Egyptian revenge thriller, Beretta. Her first solo show Virgin with a Memory at Manchester’s Cornerhouse drew on the subject matter of the film and the un-making of it.

Listen to the recitation Acts of Memory – Tyburnia here:

“…not a Luxury”: Radiofonizing the Archive of Resistance.


Diásporas Críticas (Anyely Marin, Veronica Lahitte, Rebecca Close) present a performance-reading of “…not a luxury”, a proposal to “radiofinize” A Stage for Any Revolution.

At the end of the seventies, the guerrilla-radio was a tool used to give voice to multiple projects of self- and collective invention, aiding the emergence of feminist, black feminist, anti-colonial and decolonial resistence. At the centre of these activisms, Audre Lorde (1977) differentiated a form of logical writing from a vital poetry: “Poetry is not a luxury”. Since then, silence has been diagnosed as a mode of domination, while poetry appears repeatedly as a tool of resistance.

“…not a luxury” approaches radio as a methodology that moves beyond its use as a box for distributing content. Radiofonization seeks rather to dissolve the boundary between the apparatus of radio (and its capacity to fragment and distribute voice, time and sound) and the languages of resistance invented and accumulated in the feminist and decolonial struggles. In line with the objectives of The Stage For Any Revolution, “…not a luxury”: Radiofonizing the Archive of Resistance aims to enunciate and activate past knowledge and strategies for intervention into the present.

For the performance-reading “…not a luxury”, Diasporas criticas will read a selection of texts from their archive of poetry, manifestos and speeches (developed between 2012-present), in an exercise of radiofonization, exploring the question: what else is not a luxury?

About Diasporas criticas:

Diasporas criticas is a platform for artistic research that functions as a space of resistance to the neoliberal politics of racial and sexual surveillance. Operating out of the neighbourhood of Raval in Barcelona, the platform is activated by Verónica Lahitte (Buenos Aires, 1980), visual artist; Rebecca Close (Londres, 1987), researcher and writer; Anyely Marín Cisneros (Caracas, 1977) researcher, professor and producer of social television. They work with an archive of feminist, queer and decolonial poetry, manifestos and speeches and their projects aim to creatively activate these historical poetic-political languages of transformation. In collaboration with other critical diasporas they research, perform, read, archive, write, enunciate, publish, argue, produce, film, love, coordinate, discuss, do radio and present as tools of self- and collective decolonisation.

They have developed their research-action projects with the kind support of Museu d’Art Contemporani, Tate Liverpool, L’Internationale, Ars Santa Monica y Idensitat Translocations, LAB2014: El reverso de la paz, LabIAL, Centro de Investigaciones Artisticas Buenos Aires, Art Asia Pacific Magazine, Institut Ramon Llule and the culture@work European Union Fund.

Kiani Del Valle
Las casas invisibles
Sunday 12 July, 4pm
A Stage for Any Revolution, Nutford Place W2 2DZ

Artist, dancer and choreographer Kiani Del Valle presents Las casas invisibles for Alia Farid’s A Stage for Any Revolution.

Las casas invisibles ( The invisible Houses )

When time is shifted, reality conflicted and your needs and desires don’t exist where you are standing allegories are created. An imaginary character that lives in imaginary places looking for something that gives meaning to her-his existence. Finding out in the end that the meaning has always been there but the exterior have never match its purpose. “‘Las casas invisibles” is a solo withing 3 solos created between San Juan Puerto Rico , NYC and Montreal.


About Kiani Del Valle Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Kiani has danced professionally in NYC, Montreal, and Berlin. Del Valle’s trajectory includes training in Schools and companies such as; Andanza Contemporary Dance School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater NYC, Sasha Waltz & Guest Berlin , and Matanicola Berlin. She has developed a unique teaching curriculum in Contemporary Dance, Dance Film, as well as becoming the main movement coach for several singer in the city of Berlin. In the past year Kiani has choreographed many music videos for artists including The Beatsteaks, Brandt Brauer Frick, Mathew Dear, Emika, Chasing Kurt, Kyson, Materia, Tim Ryoko & Philippe Lemott, Los Walters, We Are Wolves, Kasper Bjorke and most recently Miss Platnum, Rammstein, and Floating Points . She toured Russia and performed selected shows in Germany and France with Berlin based, British singer Emika under Ninja Tune Record Label. She is dancing for choreographer Melanie Lane on selected shows of CLARK under Warp Records London. Kiani teaches and performs in Germany, across Europe and the Middle East. Del Valle is a concept artist whose main form of expression is movement, this is seamlessly translated into stage , film and performance work. She lives in Berlin and is currently working on a series of Dance Films in collaboration with several music and film artist.

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