Both dizzying, kaleidoscopic prayer and a tenacious ode to Black selfhood, London Short Film Festival opens with the first UK presentation of HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?'s 35-part experimental opera.
The collective, an evolving line up of poets and artists from across the world including composers Kelsey Lu and TV On The Radio's Kyp Malone, abstracts and reimagines opera in any traditional conception.
Set to hip-hop, blues, noise, R&B and electronica, the piece uses the voice (chanting, singing, screaming; written by poet and activist Dawn Lundy Martin) as its primary tool, verbalising centuries of alienation, vulnerability and protest in the global African diaspora through its disruptive libretto.
Through visual trickery and production design from artist Sienna Shields, the work disrupts the linearity of time and with it, homogeneity, offering non-normative alternatives to white supremacy and the insularity of the art world.
→ Accessible worldwide, on demand for 48 hours
→ This programme contains flashing images and nudity
→ Tickets: bit.ly/GST21