With Black Panther absolutely smashing it at the box office, Afrofuturism is very much 'in vogue' right now - but if we're being honest with each other, Grace Jones was doing all that stuff in the 80's, long before most of the cast of Black Panther were even out of nappies.
Inspired by the timeless persona of Grace Jones, award-winning artist Rachael Young imagines a different future for women of colour in ‘Nightclubbing’, premiering at The Lowry on Thursday 26th & Friday 27th April.
The show was originally sparked by an event in 2015 where two young black women were racially discriminated against and refused entry to a London nightclub.
‘Nightclubbing’ will reflect on the current progress and challenges around struggles for gender and racial equality. It embraces an intersectional approach to feminism, where the multiple oppressions faced by trans women, disabled women, women of colour and black women are recognised.
Rachael will be joined on stage by musicians who are also People of Colour to create a visceral score, set against relentless choreography and striking intergalactic imagery.
Rachael Young said: “NIGHTCLUBBING will look towards a different future; a future where being a Person of Colour, or being a Woman, or being a queer person doesn’t count against you, where we come together and harness our enormous collective power and change absolutely everything about the systems that hold us down. The now global #BlackLivesMatter movement was started by three Black women; Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. That’s a huge inspiration, it gives me hope that WE can make this change happen.”
Thursday 26th & Friday 27th April
The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ
0843 208 6000