Stone Nest, 136 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 5EZ 11 July 2024, 8pm Price: £15, £12 conc.

In Daughters of the River, Adham Faramawy incorporates dance, sound and spoken word to tell stories of the romances and toxicities of rivers and waterways. Borrowing from Alexander Pope’s poem ‘Windsor-Forest’, the performance slips between poetic and narrative storytelling, taking the audience on a fluid journey through these aqueous ecosystems. The performance explores the tense, often porous borders between purity and impurity while tracing the imperialist roots of popular waterways that serve as life-giving forces to millions. Drawing on history, mythology, fiction and queer desire to reveal the colonial undercurrents of rivers, Faramawy consequently identifies them as sites of ecological collapse.

Daughters of the River was originally commissioned and performed as part of Queer Earth and Liquid Matters in 2022, a programme of events that brought together artists, writers, filmmakers, and sound and architecture practitioners to explore decolonial and queer ecologies. The work will be restaged at Stone Nest in July 2024 as part of the Infinite Ecologies Marathon.

Presented in collaboration with Stone Nest.

Stone Nest is an arts organisation and performance venue in the heart of London’s West End, bringing exceptional and experimental art to a wide audience. A hidden gem nestled amidst the bright lights of theatreland, it offers a platform for bold, visionary artists and a space where audiences can encounter an eclectic programme of contemporary performance.

Stone Nest is an old building and unfortunately cannot currently accommodate electric wheelchairs. We can accommodate manually operated wheelchairs at ground floor level via a temporary ramp; please let us know that you are a wheelchair user when booking.

Curated by

Curated and produced by Kostas Stasinopoulos, Curator, Live Programmes, Serpentine and Holly Shuttleworth, Executive Producer, HS Studio, with Daisy Gould, Assistant Curator, Live Programmes, Serpentine, Isobel Peyton Jones, Producer, Serpentine, Andy Downie, Production Manager, Velocet


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