EH*V welcomed 67 new Interns to our collective who are all working on a theme or topic close to their hearts this Summer. One such group is the EH*V Arts Intern Team whose work will shed light on myriad artistic mediums and genres. Every Monday, the team will share their recommendations in their genre for the this week. Please get in touch if you'd like to get involved!
City of Rain - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, choreographed by Camille A. Brown
“Camille A. Brown calls her dance language “jambalaya” because she draws from so many different styles and inspirations. This quietly intense work honors the struggles and grace of losing a friend. In revisiting the piece nine years after its premiere, Brown made changes to reflect both these particular dancers and her own artistic growth, showing different facets than Ailey audiences have seen in her previous works for the Company.”
(available until 6:30pm EDT on July 23rd)
About Brittany - Having initially studied modern languages at university, I decided to retrain as a community dance artist and am now mid-way through my postgraduate diploma at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for music and dance, specialising in inclusive community practice. I am also training to teach English as a foreign language and volunteering as a content creator for the Girls Friendly Society.
Emma Lake - Art
Spoken Word: Staceyann Chin performs ‘Racism’
In a week where white privilege was placed upon a pedestal by Marc Quinn’s BLM statue in Bristol, I am recommending all to watch Staceyann Chin’s Spoken Word performances.
‘The problem with Marc Quinn’s Black Lives Matter sculpture’:
Staceyann Chin is a Caribbean and Black, Asian, gay woman, living in New York. As a proud Jamaican National her powerful performances address the issues of Racism and Homophobia. In 2007 Chin was awarded the Voice Award from The Human Rights Campaign, and in 2008 Honors from the Lesbian AIDS Project. Then in 2017 Chin was awarded the LGBTQ Humanist Award. Chin has also been named as one of the artists featured in the Black Lives Matter Arts+Culture series, ‘The Provocateurs: A Master Series.’ This project provides a platform for black artists to give lectures on their artistic practices and experiences.
‘The Provocateurs: A Master Series’. I encourage all to explore all the artists featured in this project:
About Emma: I am a multimedia artist studying Fine Art and History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. I work predominantly in installation and through the amalgamation of visual imagery and sound I explore the fluctuant nature of sexuality, identity, gender roles and mental health. I also run alongside three other Edinburgh students ‘Conference for Change’ which is an annual conference dedicated to discussing a pervasive social issue based in Edinburgh.
Theatre: Alice Chambers
Recommendation: Jackie Sibblies Drury’s ‘Fairview’. An absolute must-read. Never seen or read anything like this play.
About Alice: Having completed an English Literature degree at university, I am currently training on the MFA Theatre Directing course at Birkbeck. I am about to start an assistant directing placement at Birmingham Rep. At the moment, I am part of the Painkiller Director Pool and the New Normal/ New Writing Festival 2020.
Maya Chawla - Theatre
Recommendation - 2020s First, Do No Harm
(Curated by Lolita Chakrabarti for ‘The Great Wealth’, Bristol Old Vic)
Performed in celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the British NHS, ‘First, Do No Harm’ looks to the past, present, and future of the British NHS. The Gaia-like presentation and voice of Sharon D Clarke, combined with her manipulation of the words of Bernadine Evaristo (Booker Prize, 2019) serve as both a heartfelt ode to a service which has shaped a nation, and a devastating wake-up-call to the forces which are increasingly infringing on equality in healthcare, and further afield.
About Maya:I have just graduated from senior school and am due to begin a Drama foundation-year course at Fontainebleau School of Acting in September. I later hope to study Anthropology at university, but more recently have been volunteering at my local hospital radio station, and working at an Amazon depot.
Sanâa Estibal - Cinema
Recommendation - “The Virgin Suicides” directed by Sofia Coppola, 1999
“The film follows the lives of five adolescent sisters, in an upper-middle-class suburb of Detroit during the late 1970s. After the youngest sister, Cecilia, makes an initial attempt at suicide, all of the girls are put under close scrutiny by their parents, eventually being confined to their home, which leads to their increasingly depressive and isolated behavior.”
This very moving and disturbing film is Sofia Coppola’s feature directorial debut.
About Sanaa:I’m a 3rd year undergraduate, studying Arabic & Spanish at Oxford. I was born in Paris and raised in France, Mexico and Uruguay. I love travelling, cinema, theatre, literature and music. I was lucky enough to start acting professionally at the age of six and have been keeping it up ever since. You can spot me in the new Netflix series “Caliphate” where I speak in bad Swedish and cry my eyes out. Anyway, I hope you enjoy my movie recommendations as much as I enjoy making them !
Jess Bollands - Music
Shameless self promo here but I released a new single Miss Me When I’m Gone last week! It has funk, pop and disco influences and features a performance from brilliant young saxophonist Sophia Hall. Sophia is a Care Leaver & runs her own Youtube Channel: Care Leaver Sophia where she gives advice and support to young people in care. Would recommend checking out her channel as well!
About Jess: I studied English at Oxford and graduated in 2018. I now live in London and work at a music PR company & and am a pop artist myself, gigging and releasing music as Jess Fitz. At Oxford I sang in all woman* a cappella group The Oxford Belles and also founded all woman* student band Sisters of Funk. I continue to champion women* in my band and creative team today. @jessfitzmusic
Josie Moir - Art
Recommendation - Kiki Smith, “I am a Wanderer” online exhibition at Modern Art Oxford (https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/online-exhibition-kiki-smith-wanderer/ )
Kiki Smith was born in 1954 and has worked with a wide range of themes around sex, gender and AIDS throughout her career, and this retrospective exhibition shows a similar variety. It focuses on three aspects of her work, but my main recommendation is her tapestries; they are filled with medieval, magical symbolism, and transport us back to the spiritual roots of femininity in nature and astrology.
About Josie: I am a second year at Oxford and a huge art lover. With EH*V, I am interested in learning about and promoting the work of forgotten or unheard women* artists throughout history, as well as highlighting contemporary talent.