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Nwando Ebizie

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She Makes Noise 2023
19 Oct 2023
Foto de Nwando Ebizie © Natalie Sharp
Foto de Nwando Ebizie © Natalie Sharp

The London-based artist of Nigerian origin opens the ninth edition of the festival with a premiere in Spain of her latest album, The Swan, produced by Matthew Herbert.

Target audience: General public
Location: Patio
Duration: 1 hour
Price: 8€

Ebizie’s work brings together influences from Afrofuturism, experimental theatre and dance from the African diasporas, science fiction and research into neurodiversity. The result is a highly charged and intense performance that is connected to opera and the living arts, without losing sight of a carefully crafted electronic production.

Some of the artist’s previous works include Distorted Constellations, an immersive installation in which her own labyrinth of perception and neurodiversity is reproduced; Lady Vendredi, an EP and musical show whose heroine is situated somewhere between 1970s blaxploitation (a subgenre of “exploitation films” involving racialised characters) voodoo and Afrofuturism; and Hildegard: Visions, an immersive opera in two acts in which Ebizie connects the ‘visions’ of the 11th century saint, mystic, musician and mathematician Hildegard of Bingen with African traditions and cultures.

Ebizie constantly creates speculative fictions, alternative realities and dream worlds that mix media, genres and formats. She uses neuroscience, experimental theatre, music, rituals, science fiction and dance from the African diaspora to challenge the audience, question their perception of reality and propose radical changes.

Her album The Swan is released on Accidental Records, the label of renowned electronic producer and composer Matthew Herbert. The record, a work of sonic fiction in the imagined world of a matriarchal community, unfolds as an ethnographic tale, doubling time with found sounds and archival material. The Swan is at once atavistic and futuristic, bringing together electronic experimentation, cross-border musical influences, live arts practices and the interests of Black Atlantic ritual cultures.

After touring the world and performing in Tokyo (Bonobo), Rio de Janeiro (Tempo Festival), Berlin (Chalet), Latvia (Baltais Fligelis Concert Hall) and Zurich (Blok), as well as in the UK – from Home MCR to the Barbican and the Southbank Centre in London – this performance marks the artist’s debut in Spain.

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