With THE LIONS, Jessica Nupen creates a fresh work with 4 dancers interrogating the appropriation and counter-culture spirit of her generation, known for mastering the art of improvisation and rejecting hierarchies. Looking beyond traditional spaces and ideas of race and cultural appropriation she investigating the textures and fabrics of the system and the generational rebellion of it.
THE LIONS disentangles the complexities of four international dancers and their individual challenges of choice, expression and assimilation against the backdrop of a complex socio-political landscape in Europe. Looking beyond traditional spaces and structures, the performers create a re-reflection of the ‘other’ in relation to society.
Nupen examines the textures and fabrics of the system and the generational rebellion against it by investigating the sense of connectivity with the dancers and their environment. As an organ of the millennials, she unpicks the golden seams of the imposed and torments societal expectations of the individual in a symbolic destruction elicited to free the self
Inspired by the dancers’ individual biographies, Nupen creates a wildly dynamic piece exposing the dismantling of the conventional through the spawning of a contemporary counter-culture.