It’s bad rhyming as radical art practice, A slow, pained moan, as queer cabaret, Being a fucking drag, as drag.
Mum, I’m in the fourth dimension, see! is a dance, a poem, a fit of rage, an exorcism and a queer, secular hymn to the impending capitalist apocalypse.
In the cracks between mass extinction and mass production, full automation and a full face of makeup, Mum! channels tensions, crises, and precarious utopias – exhausting and exorcising coherence in a torrent of loud, opulent melodrama.
Mum! has been performed at The Place (Double bill with Rachael Young) , and as part of NEXT Festival at The Yard Theatre.
It will next be performed as part of Trans Pride at The Marlborough, Brighton on 11th July. More info. Trailer coming soon, if you would like to see the full documentation, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Credits: choreographer/performer - Es Morgan dramaturg - Charlie Ashwell sound design - Nicholas Worrall outside eye - Eleanor Sikorski
Made with generous support from The Place, The Yard Theatre, Yorkshire Dance, Chisenhale Dance Space and Arts Council England
“A whip-smart, existential oddity of a work. Mum! is touching and politically potent, part poetic fantasy, part surreal drag-rant. Es Morgan is a strikingly original voice.”
Amy Bell, dance artist and Artist Development Manager at The Place
Photography by Jemima Yong
1 Feb 19 // 10-3 // £5 tickets with Keijaun Thomas, Selina Bonelli, Es Morgan, Josh GT, Will Power, LCN
move close is a club night created by Joseph Morgan Schofield, Sara Sassanelli and Es Morgan. It brings together dancing, experimental electronic music, and unannounced performance interventions from artists working across dance and live art.
We believe in the transformational power of club dancing - as processing, immersion and escapism. move close is a night for/by/with queer people and we have a commitment to supporting marginalised artists.
move close attempts to carve out a new space for experimental performance within queer nightlife, outside of the form and format of cabaret. ‘DIY’ doesn’t have to mean obtrusive hosting or a lack of curatorial/dramaturgical design. move close cares about the emotional arc of your evening. Your high matters to us!
PastPerformers: Alicia Radage, Claud Palazzo, Es Morgan, Eve Stainton, Fernanda Munoz-Newsome, Gareth Chambers & Luke Bafico, Joseph Morgan Schofield, marikiscrycrycry, Owen Ridley-Demonick, Robert Hesp, Rowdy SS, Samuel Kennedy.
DRAG ON is a loving, fire-breathing exploration of queer identity, fantasy and myth.
Following their premiere at The Yard Theatre as part of NOW 17, dance artist Es Morgan will take their multidisciplinary, hour-long show to The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol, and 'La Fête du Slip', Lausanne, Switzerland.
By embracing our innermost fantasies, what can we reveal about being present and queer in the modern world? In 2018, as the repercussions of human dominance on earth become increasingly apocalyptic, aren’t we better off as monsters than as humans?
The theatre work premiered on 6th-11th February 2017 as part of NOW 17 at The Yard. Developed with support from Arts Council England, Chisenhale Dance Space, The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton, and The Place. Click here for press and audience feedback.
Es also performs extracts of DRAG on in cabaret settings such as Duckie (the RVT), The Marlborough Theatre (Brighton), The BFI, Latitude Festival (Live Art Tent), The Shay Shay Show (Limewharf), Chelsea Theatre (with David Hoyle) and TripSpace Projects. Future performances can be found here.
+ 'Making Mythical Creatures, a workshop series with Eleanor Sikorski exploring transformation and performance. Next at Chisenhale Dance Space 6th and 7th April 2017, 2-6pm - Tickets.
+ 'We Green Things', a double bill with drag/performance artist, Oozing Gloop at Chisenhale Dance Space on 21st April 2017. (info tbc).
+ 'DRAG BEASTS (2016), a curated evening of monstrous drag films and performances by myself, Antonio de la Fe, Foxy and Husk and Eleanor Sikorski 18th November 2016.
DRAG ON Trailer
Performance/choreography - Es Morgan. Dramaturgy - Charlie Ashwell Lighting Design - Sofie Gynning Costume - Alex Springer, Chloe Mead Footage - Eleanor Sikorski
DRAG ON at The Yard Theatre as part of NOW 17 Images - Chloe Wicks.
Making Mythical Creatures
A workshop series facilitated by Eleanor Sikorski and Es Morgan. This project is an extension of their own love of dressing up and the temporary idea of ‘trying on’ - assuming, embodying and discarding - opening the door to fantasies and alter-egos. Welcome to an alternative reality. Recent workshops:
+ Three 45 minute workshops for children 3+ and their families as part of Family Dance Day at The Place, 22nd July.
+ All day workshop for artists at Chisenhale Dance Space, 8th November 2016. Film created during the day - credits below.
Film by Es Morgan and Eleanor Sikorski Camera by Alex Springer
Featuring: Lorea Burge Roisin Green Victoria Guy Billie Grace Hewitt-Pavlica Claire Keating Emily Roubicek Lara Voggensperger
Filmed at Chisenhale Dance Space, supported by their Allotment Fund.
Making Mythical Creatures (Film) - see credits opposite
Lorea Burge Badiola. Photo by Alex Springer
Billie Grace Hewitt-Pavlica and Claire Keating. Photo by Alex Springer
The Face to Face (2016)
They stood facing one another, both silently demanding “thou shalt not kill me.”
Supported by The Place's research and development programme, 'Choreodrome'. Performed March 2017 at 'Now & Next', tanzhaus nrx, Dusseldorf, Germany; March 2016 at 'coz if your friends don't dance' at ASYLUM, London; September 2015 at 'Touch Wood', The Place London.
This is a collaborative project with Esther Siddiquie and Alex Springer, inspired by the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida. The "rapport de face a face" proposes that in a face to face encounter, one person is called into “giving and serving” the other, creating a relationship that generates ‘otherness’ and is inherently asymmetrical.