Performance: Goner by Markiscrycrycry

a dance with their hands on their head. The space they are in is lit with red light
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A live, suspenseful choreography delving into the depths of psychological horror. Exploring alienation, migration, violence and more, it crafts radical visual culture from the marginalised perspective and engages a new Black tradition of horror in live performance.

The Goner is someone who is doomed with no chance of survival—bound to death, a lost and hopeless case.

This work follows this figure on a sensuous, suspense-filled and fearsome choreographic journey into the psychological depths of the Goner’s horror. Lightly touching on the topics of abuse, Caribbean migration, alienation, belonging, addiction, and violence, Goner is utilising the formal tools of solo authorship and the aesthetics of horror to create radical visual culture from the marginalised perspective, and to tease out and establish a Black tradition of horror for the live context. How do we look at culturally specific narratives against a backdrop of thrilling, bloody, and psychological horror?

Who knows

but there will be blood

About the event

Free for all.

Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.

The duration of the event is one hour with no interval. Seating is available.

Content Warnings

Age Guidance 16+. This show contains strong language, flashing lights, haze, verbal references to sex, verbal references to murder, loud sounds including gunshots, refereces to racial violence and torture, partial nudity, violence, and simulated blood.


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This event will be held in The Space.

Speakers will use microphones.

This event is wheelchair accessible.

If you have any questions around access or have specific access requirements we can accommodate, please get in touch with us by emailing or phoning 0115 948 9750.

Co-Presented with FABRIC


Choreography Malik Nashad SharpeMusical Direction Tabitha Thorlu-Bengura

Set Design Felix Villiers

Lighting Design Barnaby Booth

Costume Design Erik Annerborn

Production Manager James Dawson

Project Producer Michael Kitchin

Strategic Producers The Uncultured

Music Composition and Sound Design Luke Blair

Rehearsal Direction Blue Makwana

Hair ManWigs

Featuring music by Arif Cooper (R.I.P.), De Schuurman, Poundshoppe, and Don Sinini

Voiceover OBOBOB

Text Consultancy Travis Alabanza

Promotional Images Ralf Hersborg

Promotional Styling HASZNAT*

Trailer/Short Film Sinisa

Trailer/Image Movement Direction Ethan Samuel Jacobs

Trailer Talent Isabelle Gzowski, Gabriel Chen, Chloe Filani, Iman Villaruel, Shemi Cudjoe Trailer Sound:‘Body of Carbon’ by Croation Amor and Varg2TM courtesy of Posh Isolation

Co-commissioned by The Yard Theatre (UK), Dansehallerne (DK), MDT (SK), Cambridge Junction (UK) with support from Stobbs New Ideas Fund.

Additional Support by Fest en Fest (UK), The Place (UK), Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s Creative Exchange Lab with lead support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (USA), Toronto Community Love-in (CA), My Wild Flag (SK), Sadler’s Wells (UK), Watermans Arts Centre (UK), Caldera Arts Centre (USA), New Expressive Works (USA) and Live Art Development Agency (UK). Created using public funds from Arts Council England.

Malik Nashad Sharpe is an artist working with choreography. Creating primarily underneath the alias Marikiscrycrycry, he creates performances that are formally engaged with the construction of atmosphere, affect, and dramaturgy. His works have been presented internationally and across contexts including MDT (SK), Battersea Arts Centre (UK), ICA (UK), Gessnerallee (CH), The Yard (UK), Betty Nansen (DK), The Place (UK), Schauspielhaus (AT), Kampnagel (DE), Dansehallerne (DK), MAI (CA), Theatre La Chapelle (CA), Rich Mix (UK), Tramway (UK), Theatre in the Mill (UK), Nottingham Contemporary (UK), Quarterhouse Folkestone (UK), Beursshcouwburg (BE), Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts (UK), Cambridge Junction (UK), EWerk (DE), Inkonst (SK), Centre for Human Rights in the Arts (USA), CCA Glasgow (UK), amongst others. His latest work High Bed Lower Castle premiered at FTA (CA) in May 2022 to critical acclaim. As a movement director, he has worked on the creative teams of Fairview (Young Vic), The Glow (Royal Court), Two-Character Play (Hampstead Theatre), Effigies of Wickedness (Gate/English National Opera), Scandaltown (Lyric Hammersmith), and Closer (Lyric Hammersmith), The Living Newspaper #3 (Royal Court), Henry V (Shakespeare’s Globe), Bootycandy (Gate Theatre), Transphoria (ICA), amongst others and he has held artistic residencies at Sadlers Wells (UK), Barbican Open Labs (UK), Primary (UK), CCN Caen (FR), MDT (SK), and the Performance Situation Room (EU).He has performed and modelled for Telfar SS18 (UK), Charles Jeffrey at LFW20 (UK), Vivienne Westwood at PFW AW 21-22 (FR), and has been featured in publications including British Vogue, American Vogue, Vogue Polska, Dazed, Dazed Beauty, Crack Magazine, Howlround Theatre Commons, i-D, Nowness, Love Magazine, Bricks, amongst others. He was named by Attitude Magazine as a Rising Star in Dance in 2019, and on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List for his leading contribution to the arts and culture in Europe.He graduated with a BA in Dance (Highest Honours) from Williams College in 2014, and holds a Diploma in Contemporary Dance from Trinity Laban where he won the Simone Michelle Award for Outstanding Choreography. He is currently an Associate Artist at The Place, and a studio resident of Somerset House Studios. He is currently a guest professor in dance performance at the Stockholm University of the Arts in Stockholm, SK. He lives in London, UK.

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