Touring on the back of her new album — They Dance in the Dark — London and Berlin based composer, producer, percussionist RENU performs a plasmic electrical voyage which undulates and ebbs its way through a cosmos of mixed media. An odyssey of live electronics, referencing the dark hooky anthems of the 80s and 90s, layered through de-colonial narratives and framed into a multi-percussion set, which reflects the global rhythmic mind of this queer artist. The body performances of supernatural-queer characters fall into a perfect composition of cultivated weirdness. Expect that rarest of juxtapositions, a big show that is timeless and, much to its credit, current.
‘Not like other dance records… Enchanting and unusual’ The Quietus
‘Very beautiful… sublime’ BBC Radio 6
‘Stately magic’ BBC Late Junction
Best of Top 10 Albums 2017 Art Forum Magazine (NYC)
Tour produced in association with Root Music & Holykuti Records.
9th Nov — BRISTOL Arnolfini Center for Contemporary Arts
RENU // They Dance in the Dark // Bristol
RENU is a BRLN\LNDN based composer, producer, percussionist; originally a percussionist for multiple bands: Grace Jones, State of Bengal… Renu started producing her music in 2010. Fast forward some years, learning percussion in India, Brazil, Cuba, composing for theatre, film, dance, she has now landed in an electronic realm. Be ready for a big sound coming from a weird queer femme in this weird queer world.
Miss Sugar Mamasota is a New York based producer, dancer, clothes designer and performance artist. Her work is a physical storytelling, a satirical take on race, gender and sexuality. She has already performed with RENU in the THEY DANCE IN THE DARK premier show in Berlin, Gorki Theatre/Studio R.
Salma Arzouni is the 3000 years old witch, the goddess Nin'ana from the Mesopotamien era, an avatar of Kali Ma. Salma is a storyteller and creative, while co-directing the visuals of TDITD, she also advises Renu on all creative matters from how to present TDITD to the world to tour management.
Born in Guizhou, China, Yue Wang studied filmmaking and creative media in Hong Kong and Bristol, later obtained an MA in animation at Central Saint Martins London. She has produced work across film and animation that were shown and awarded at the ICA (London), Whitechapel Gallery (London), Centre Culturel Suisse (Paris), Locomoción Festival (Mexico City).