Marikiscrycrycry is the performance project of London-based choreographer and artist Malik Nashad Sharpe (b. 1992, New York). They make emotional choreographies that are less like descriptors of themes and more like worlds in themselves. Their work deals primarily with the social imprints and inflections left on the body, existentialism, the necessity to proliferate pro-Queer and pro-Black aesthetics under neoliberal hegemonies, choreography as an expanded formal proposition, and allostatic load. Originally making work in DIY contexts across New York City (primarily in Brooklyn), their choreography considers aesthetic production and situational politics as radical forms of production. They consider choreography as a tool to suggest ulterior and subversive critiques of an otherwise phobic and unaccommodating world.
They have shown their work widely across the world and in a variety of contexts, in festivals like Steakhouse Live at Rich Mix (UK), Tempting Failure at Theatre Utopia (UK), JOY&DISSENT! at Hackney Showroom (UK), in FlucT's MODEL HOME at Secret Project Robot Art Experiment (USA), the Festival for Alternative Theatre Expression at AKC Medika (HR), at PS We are all here at the Pia Bouman School Scotiabank Theatre (CA), at !BUZZCUT! at The Govan Institute, at Submerge Festival at Brooklyn Arts Centre (USA) in art galleries like Five Myles Gallery (USA), Transmission Gallery (UK), Shua Space (USA), in performance spaces like Panoply Performance Lab (USA), Otion Front Studio (USA), Bonnie Bird Theatre (UK), the Royal Vauxhall Tavern (UK), amongst many others. They have taught workshops and courses at the University of Illinois (USA), Gibney Dance Centre (USA), Disco Loco at Hackney Showroom (UK), and recently facilitated a Live Art Development Agency (UK) DIY workshop titled THE T R A P LAB.
Malik Nashad Sharpe (Choreographer, b. 1992) EDUCATION Williams College, Williamstown, USA (BA w/ Highest Honours in Experimental Dance, 2014) Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance (Diploma in Contemporary Dance, 2013) PERFORMANCES 2018 *Montreal, interculturelles et arts, “$elfie$”, Montreal, CA *Theatre La Chappelle, “No Nationalism”, Montreal, CA *Hackney Showroom, “No Nationalism”, London, UK 2017 *mac Birmingham, Fierce Festival 2017, “$elfie$”, Birmingham, UK *FRIEZE Art Fair, Carlos Motta’s “The Spit Manifesto”, London, UK *Sophiensaele, Project O’s “Voodoo”, Berlin, DE *Pia Bouman Scotiabank Studio Theatre, PS: We Are All Here, “No Nationalism”, Toronto, CA The Yard Theatre, Knickerbocker, “TBA”, London, UK Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Queer Fun w/ Duckie, “Aulnay-sous-Bois”, London, UK Transmission Gallery, “I am still standing right there”, Glasgow, UK Goldsmiths University, “Aulnay-sous-Bois”, London, UK Queen Mary University, DEEP TRASH Symposium, “Aulnay-sous-Bois”, London, UK Sadler’s Wells, Project O’s “Voodoo”, London, UK Make Liverpool, LEAP Festival, Project O’s “Voodoo”, Liverpool, UK Pearce Institute, BUZZCUT Festival, “Aulnay-sous-Bois”, Glasgow, UK Hackney Showroom, JOY&DISSENT Festival, Dalston Ballet/House of O’Dwyer’s “Artist Studio” London, UK Hackney Showroom, JOY&DISSENT Festival, “$elfie$”, London UK Hackney Showroom, JOY&DISSENT Festival, “SAD KING”, London, UK Artsadmin/Toynbee Hall, Tenderloin, “$elfie$”, London UK Trinity Centre, International Festival Bristol, Project O’s “Voodoo”, Bristol, UK Water Rats, SCISM, Dalston Ballet/House of O’Dwyer’s “Trans Piano Ballet (with Trombone)” London, UK Water Rats, SCISM, Dalston Ballet’s “Les Cages aux Fight”, London, UK 2016 Five Myles Gallery, BRIC Biennial, “SAD KING”, Brooklyn, USA Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Submerge Festival, “SAD KING”, Brooklyn, USA Colby College/Runnals Theatre, “SASSTHETIC II”, Waterville, USA Colby College/Runnals Theatre, “SAD KING”, Waterville, USA Rich Mix, Steakhouse Live, “A S S I M I L A T I O N”, London UK Theatre Utopia, Tempting Failure Festival, “A S S I M I LA T I O N”, London, UK CLOUD at Danslab, “SAD KING”, The Hague, NL AKC Medika, Festival for Alternative Theatrical Expression, “A S S I M I L A T IO N”, Zagreb, HR Panoply Performance Laboratory, “A S S I M I L A T I O N”, Brooklyn, USA West End Theatre, The Bang Series, “Be Together” w/ Shua Group, New York, USA Krannert Centre for Performing Arts, Studio II Festival, “blood-punk”, Urbana, USA Earthdance, E|MERGE 2016, “Telepathies, Myths, and Other Feminist Bodies” w/ Ellen Furey, Plainfield, USA 2015 CLOUD at Danslab, “A S S I M I L A T I O N”, The Hague, NL Five Myles Gallery, “A S S I M I L A T I O N”, Brooklyn, USA Krannert Center for Performing Arts, “who, what, when, where, why?” w/ Cynthia Oliver, Urbana, USA Shua Space, “SASSTHETIC”, Jersey City, USA Otion Front Studio, “SASSTHETIC”, Brooklyn, USA Secret Project Robot Art Experiment, MODEL HOME Festival, “6illu.mov”, Brooklyn, USA Shua Space,Before The Skyscraper, “what happens when the sky bleeds?” Jersey City, USA HT Chen Dance Center, “Made w/ Organic Ingredients” w/ Randy Reyes, New York, USA 2014 Zilkha Centre for Environmental Initiatives, “On/An Offering”, Williamstown, USA 62 Center for Theatre and Dance, “The Poiesis of Nothing”, Williamstown, USA 2013 62 Center for Theatre and Dance, “let me be your island girl fantasy”, Williamstown, USA Cariddi Mills, “The Apprenticeship Project” w/ Hana van der Kolk, North Adams, USA Bonnie Bird Theatre, “why does he want to kill me in an alley?”, London, UK Project Arts Centre, “Freedom-to go!” w/ Night Star Dance Company, Dublin, IE AWARDS/COMMISSIONS/RESIDENCIES 2017 Marlborough Theatre, Commission for $elfie$, Brighton, UK (Commission) Live Art Development Agency, Award for DIY 14 Project, London, UK (Award) Fierce Festival, Commission for “$elfie$”, Birmingham, UK (Commission) a-n Network, Travel Bursary for “No Nationalism”, London, UK (Award) *CLOUD at Danslab, “No Nationalism”, The Hague, NL (Residency) *Studio 303, “No Nationalism”, Montreal, CA (Residency) *Vermont Performance Lab, “No Nationalism”, Guilford, USA (Residency) *Helikopter, “$elfie$”, Tallinn, EE 2016 Colby College Department of Dance, Waterville, USA (Residency) CLOUD at Danslab, “SAD KING”, The Hague, NL (Residency) Earthdance, E|MERGE, Ashford, USA (Residency) 2015 CLOUD at Danslab, “A S S I M I L A T I O N”, The Hague, NL (Residency) Shua Space, “SASSTHETIC”, Jersey City, USA (Residency) 2014 Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, “On/An Offering”, Williamstown, USA (Residency) Williams College, Highest Honours for “The Poiesis of Nothing”, Williamstown, USA (Award) 2013 Laban, Simone Michelle Award for Choreographic Excellence, “why does he want to kill me in an alley?”, London, UK (Award) Mellon Mays/Allison Davis Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Nationwide, USA (Award) Nancy Samuelson Full Tuition Scholarship, Williams College, Williamstown, USA (Award) REVIEWS/PUBLICATIONS 2017 http://www.gal-dem.com/otherd-artists-travis-alabanza/ Being, in a State of Erasure; Henderson, Hannah Dawn; 2017; “Pluralism Will Never Die” by Malik Nashad Sharpe http://www.wharf.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/see-theresa-smackdown-hackney-showrooms-12807710 https://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/power-subcultures-and-queer-stages http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/joy-dissent/ http://londondance.com/articles/interviews/meet-malik-nashad-sharpe/ https://blkoutuk.com/2017/03/27/read-watch-this-space-malik-nashad-sharpe/ http://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/entertainment/hackney-showroom-festival-of-cultural-activism-asks-can-protest-be-joyful-1-4932652 https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2017/03/09/joy-and-dissent-hackney-showroom-27-march-9-april-festival-of-cultural-activism/ http://exeuntmagazine.com/features/steakhouse-live-writing-queer/ https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2017/03/09/joy-and-dissent-hackney-showroom-27-march-9-april-festival-of-cultural-activism/ 2016 http://criticalinterruptions.com/post/151846187943/a-s-s-i-m-i-l-a-t-i-o-nmalik-nashad-sharpe http://www.bkreader.com/2016/11/life-lived-bed-stuy-crown-heights-surveyed-bric-biennial-v-ii/ http://www.colby.edu/theaterdance/people-2/guest-artists/ https://www.timeout.com/newyork/theater/in-flux-festival http://www.performanceisalive.com/blog https://thetheatretimes.com/steakhouse-live-art-live-writing/ https://incidentmag.com/2016/07/23/talking-about-identity-tempting-failure/ http://theaterstuck.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/faki-day-4-blackness-and-queerness-self.html 2015 https://blackyouthproject.com/tag/islamophobia/ https://bitchmedia.org/post/slip-on-these-whiteness-goggles-and-the-violence-of-cultural-appropriation-disappears https://risingstarmagazine.com/cultural-appropriation-2/ 2014 http://williamsrecord.com/2014/04/23/artist-otherwise-known-asmalik-nashad-sharpe-14/ TEACHING 2017 Workshop Instructor at Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK 2017 OL Facilitator, Chisenhale Dance, London, UK 2017 Workshop Instructor, Camp Loco at Hackney Showroom, London, UK 2016 Teacher, Gibney Dance, New York, USA 2016 Guest Artist, Colby College Dance Department, Waterville, USA 2015-16 Instructor of Dance, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, USA 2015 Instructor, Otion Front Studio, Brooklyn, USA 2014 Teaching Assistant, Williams College Dance Department, Williamstown, USA 2012 Teaching Assistant, Williams College Dance Department, Williamstown, USA 2010 After School Dance Teacher, Brook Avenue Elementary School, Bay Shore, USA AFFILIATIONS Member Artist, Chisenhale Dance Space, London, UK Associate Artist, Hackney Showroom, London, UK *Forthcoming projects maliknashadsharpe.com vimeo.com/maliknashad email@example.com