2020 Vision #3: Valerie Ebuwa

Valerie Ebuwa is a freelance dance artist, activist, writer and model based in London. 

Valerie Ebuwa. Photo by Ollie Quinn

Valerie started her training at Lewisham College before obtaining a BA HONS degree from London Contemporary Dance School. Among others, she has recently worked with; Vincent Dance Theatre, Clod Ensemble, Eddie Peake, Protein Dance, Holly Blakey and Rhiannon Faith. Her independent projects include Body Data, CTRL+V, ValUE and Down Bad/ How do you wanna go out? As well as her blog and casual work for The Stage Magazine, Valerie writes for I am Hip Hop magazine; a printed and online publication championing Hip Hop culture. Her work has been featured in Crack Magazine and i-D.

 

Valerie Ebuwa's pick for 2020 Vision

Becoming-Animal
By Emilia Robinson and Sidonie Carey-Green

In Becoming-Animal, Emilia Robinson and Sidonie Carey-Green use movement to explore the power dynamics of human relationships and the slowly decaying connections we have to animals and to nature. This film invites audiences to consider the human condition and the image of humans as cattle within Western society.

The artists use Gilles Deleuze’s descriptive language in the chapter ‘Body, Meat and Spirit: Becoming-Animal’ from the book The Logic of Sensation (2003), alongside key images from Francis Bacon’s work Head (1947), Figure in a Landscape (1960) and Self-Portrait as a Businessman (2002). These reference points offer a catalyst for choreographic enquiry into states of becoming, humanness and animalism.

Valerie says: "I have chosen this film because it questions power dynamics, which is exactly what my choreographic work tries to challenge via subject-object reversal. Becoming-Animal was due to premiere at The Tate but cancelled due to Covid-19. I would love for people to finally see it. My work Body Data was due to be shown at the V&A but was also cancelled due to the pandemic so I understand the impact of these cancellations. I am invested in promoting and uplifting black female makers so it's brilliant to be able to showcase Emilia’s work as its impact will inspire other black females to make, challenge and take up space. This work has certainly affirmed me as a black female dance artist."

 

2020 Vision is our celebration of screen dance curated by the artists who will take part in the opening programme of The Dance Space next year, as well as the South East Dance team and our Welcome Project Community Steering Group.  

Read an introduction to 2020 Vision from our Artistic Director, Cath James, here.

 

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Becoming-Animal