OUT by Rachael Young

Here are a few recent process images from OUT, by Rachael Young, performed at The Yard, In Between Time Festival, and Live Art Bistro, with further performances planned.
The creative team were a wonderful collaborative triptych of N (myself on Set & Costume, Nao Nagai on Lighting Design, and Naomi Jackson on Sound Design), working together with Rachael Young (Lead Artist), Dwayne Anthony (co-deviser and performer), Anna Smith (Producer), and Joseph Mercier (Outside Eye/Dramaturg).

OUT is about shape shifting in a bid to fit in; to be black enough, straight enough, Jamaican enough…    
Challenging homophobia and transphobia within Caribbean communities, OUT is a conversation between two bodies, reclaiming dancehall and celebrating queerness amongst the bittersweet scent of oranges.  

Embracing personal, political and cultural dissonance, this defiant act of self expression smashes through the silence, summoning voices and re-enacting movements in a chaotic mash-up of remembrance and reinvention.

This one was about creating a world free of stereotype and rich in feeling, emotion, conversation, and defiant identity. Through image research and primary conversations about Jamaican and Dancehall culture, these collages came about as a tool to explore how different textures and colours worked with each other and what that evoked to a universal audience. 

 

Naomi Kuyck-Cohen