ANDROGYNY! will be a weekend of dance and discussion for artists who…
Are curious about androgyny
Are skeptical about androgyny
Love dancing but feel self-conscious
Love dancing but feel frustrated with the lack of queer-specific places to dance
Don’t go to dance classes because it means having to decide what to wear
Want to use dancing to disrupt, complicate, resist, or play with the gender binary
Are sick of understanding gender only through language
Want to find a place for gender fuckery in their dancing
Want to find a place for dancing in their gender fuckery
Charlie Ashwell and Es Morgan invite artists of all disciplines to join them to think about gender through dancing. They propose androgyny as a tool to approach gender through movement, action and sensation, beyond aesthetics.
We want to challenge what masculine and feminine dancing looks like!
Androgyny is often understood as a “neutral” expression of gender: somewhere “in between” masculine and feminine. However, whilst the gender binary still shapes our lives, we cannot put any faith in neutrality, or any supposed “absence” of gender.
Androgyny, for us, is not something that you are, but something that you do: a flickering, an oscillation, a movement or disturbance. Through developing “androgynous” practices, we refuse a passive, neutral middle ground, and move further towards the unknown.
We will lead improvised movement tasks, to do with others and alone. We will talk, write, imagine, and create, offering choreographic starting points, as well as creating space for artists to follow their own interests.
About the Artists
Charlie Ashwell is a London-based artist and dramaturg working with choreography, writing and magic as speculative practices. They collaborate regularly with Seke Chimutengwende and Es Morgan, and recently presented the solo work “Banishing Dance” in SPLAYED Festival, with The Place and Wellcome Collection. They also teach dance technique, improvisation and choreography at the University of Roehampton.
Es Morgan is a queer dance artist, curator and writer from Hull, East Yorkshire. Their work draws cues from climate activism, queer culture, and far-left politics, carving out spaces for radically reimagining the future. In collaboration with Joseph Morgan Schofield & Sara Sassanelli, Es curates move close, a queer club night which brings together dancing, experimental electronic music, and unannounced performances from dance & performance artists.
Charlie and Es work together as a choreographer/ dramaturg duo. They have organised and led workshops and events exploring gender, magic, politics and the future.