Surge Double Bill
Join Manipulate Festival for a special double-bill performance of two work-in-progress pieces supported through the Surge Bursary Programme.
HOVER is a duet between human performance artist Althea Young and remote remote-operated drone named DJ (DJI Mini Pro 3). Intersecting choreography, physical theatre and film, HOVER uses technology as a ‘puppet’ in an attempt to explore the dynamics of camera surveillance, Silicon Valley capitalism and the modern applications of flying technologies. Onstage the human and drone continuously watch each other, performing a series of experiments and choreographies. Born in 1998 in San Francisco CA., the city home to the tech boom which spread worldwide throughout the 90s and 2000s, artist Althea Young brings an immediate lived history of the capitalist and cultural explosions which have led to our current, global relationship to technologies such as drones.
HOVER has been devised in the wake of news that in 2023 Amazon’s parcel drone service delivered its first parcel in the UK, calling into question the sanctity of privacy, as well as the safety of the human workforce. DJ, the drone, is piloted by an off-stage operator - film-maker and collaborator Joseph Helm, whose recent work has consisted largely of assistant editing documentaries about Scottish war photographer David Pratt, in a series of films spanning Iraq, Afghanistan and Ukraine.
I, Honeypot is inspired by the lived experiences and intersectional identities held by lead artist and creative director Nikhita Devi. Born in India and raised in Scotland, they are a queer, femme, neurodivergent, non-binary dance and movement artist based in Edinburgh.
In this piece Nikhita explores the tension between their Indian cultural heritage and Scottish upbringing, as well as their belonging to various intersecting marginalised communities, using a diverse range of movement forms such as Odissi (a form of Indian Classical dance) burlesque, clown and physical theatre to create work that is personal, visceral and meaningful. The piece expresses the universal human search for identity, community and meaning while battling the deep-rooted programming that dictates our self-expression and is their debut full-length solo professional work.
Presented as part of Manipulate Festival 2024, running from 1–11 February at venues across Edinburgh.
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Lead Artist / Performer - Althea Young (she/they)
Drone operator / Collaborator - Joseph Helm (he/him)
Lead Artist / Performer – Nikhita Devi
Performance development supported by Surge bursary scheme.