“Getting lost was not a matter of geography so much as identity, a passionate desire, even an urgent need, to become no one and anyone, to shake off the shackles that remind you who you are, who others think you are.” Rebecca Solnit
One host. A living room with a long table at the centre. Six seats. A warmly lit room. Plenty of food, plenty of drinks. Special guests. Word games. A soundtrack composed live just for you. You. Friends. I want you to feel comfortable and well fed because today we will put the world to rights. Together.
Part theatre show, part dinner party, Regnant is a new durational piece inviting you to join your host, performance maker Xavier de Sousa and play, laugh, rant, cry – pretty much all you expect from a mate’s party. And together, we will get merry, make friends and explore nationality, presence, privilege and what the fuck we are going to do about our future.
Entry times are 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm, booking required.
Xavier de Sousa is a UK/Portuguese artist whose performance practice explores personal and political heritage within the context of mainstream discourse on identity, presence and migration. Through theatrical and durational work, he explores the dichotomies between the live experience and agency in the performance space, often working with personal experiences and political strands to provide platforms for discussion, embodied experiences and representation of dissenting voices.
Xavier’s solo practice includes theatre show POST (currently touring) and durational performance character Almost Xav (Southbank Centre, Latitude Festival). Alongside REGNANT, he is currently R&Ding for a new piece, TIME/COLONIA with the Barbican (UK) and mala.porto (Portugal).
Previously, he has collaborated and/or performed with Tino Sehgal, Lauren Barri Holstein, Richard DeDomenici, Rosana Cade, Needless Alley Collective, amongst others. He has performed a variety of solo shows and collaborations at Latitude Festival, Tate Modern, Vogue Fabrics, Southbank Centre, Whitechapel Gallery, Old Vic Tunnels and ]performance space[ amongst others.
Developed with LiveCollision 2018, The Spire, mala voadora.porto
Supported by Arts Council England
Conception and performance: Xavier de Sousa
Sound Design: Yas Clarke
Dramaturgy: Deborah Pearson
Research Associate and co-collaborator: Andre Neely
Outside eye: Lewis Church