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“Influenced by the likes of Wolfgang Tillmans, these clubby benders capture the nightlife zeitgeist with their multi-media visual theatre dance mash-up.” Simon Casson, Producer for Duckie.
Pierre & Baby present Achilles, a live performance that fuses dance and digital projection, exploring the contemporary struggles and liberations in the human pursuit of love. The duo will transform ‘The Garage’ at Ugly Duck’s Bermondsey venue into an underground cruising spot for their new full-length version of Achilles.
Achilles premiered at The Place for Resolution Festival in 2018 and was brought back for The Place’s first ever Resolution Replay and has gone on to be programmed by venues that include the V&A, the Wellcome Collection and queer performance spaces like the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and The Chateau.
“Ugly Duck is proud to announce that we received more than 50 projects and proposals from artists, curators and activists following our recent open call for the upcoming season: In Transition. With the help of our guest curators Anna Dumitrui (Artist), Tamsin Ace (Head of Public Programming at Southbank Centre) and Layla Reynolds (Illustrator and Art Director at Gal-Dem), we have selected 30+ projects to be presented at our venues from February to July 2019. The projects range from compete building takeovers to individual pieces chosen to participate in a showcase event by Ugly Duck.”
Ugly Duck works with artists to create amazing events in unusual, underused spaces.
Performance begins at 7:30pm with the bar open from 6:30 and a DJ set from Flora Ocean Parkin following the performance who mixed the soundtrack for the piece.
26 & 27 July 2019 at Ugly Duck, 47-49 Tanner Street SE1 3PL
Photo by Aaron Shah
This summer through residencies at The Place for Choreodrome and Wellcome Collection, Pierre & Baby have extended and re-worked Achilles, collaborating with motion graphics designer Kieran Finch, who edited the original projection shot by Hilow Films, musician Flora Ocean Parkin and dramaturg Martin Hargreaves.
This project is commissioned by The Place and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
DIGITAL PROJECTION - Kieran Finch
During our residency we worked with motion graphics designer Kieran Finch who worked on the projection shot by Hilow Films for Achilles.
Kieran has designed & animated for the likes of Activision, Ubisoft & Rocksteady whilst working full time at Spov: Design & Moving Image (2011-2014). He has edited shorts for clients such as MTV, Vans, Nike and Harpers Bazaar whilst collaborating with Will Robson Scott & Topsafe (2011-2014). In 2015 he worked as a lead animator creating screen graphics for Mission Impossible 5. In 2016 he worked on music video for Biffy Clyro & ended with a series of campaign videos
for Nike & EON energy drinks, whilst working for the production company Private Island. In 2017 he worked at Blind designing & animating screen graphics for Kingsman: The Golden Circle & Duncan Jones: Mute.
MUSIC - Flora Ocean Parkin
Flora is a percussionist, DJ and event producer that has placed polyrhythm, experimentalism, and the social affect of musical experience as the driving forces of their practice. Flora now works on the Friday Late programme at the V&A Museum, as Office Manager in the Design, Architecture & Digital Department. As a DJ, Flora uses her queer femme moniker 'fruit boi' to explore queer identity, rhythmic rudeness, and trans-existence.
DRAMATURG - Martin Hargreaves
Martin Hargreaves is a dramaturg, writer, and performer and his research practices range between boredom and hysteria. His primary interests are in the recent history of contemporary dance, queer performance arts, and camp misunderstandings. In 2003 he was awarded a PhD for his thesis entitled Performativity, Spectrality, Hysteria and from 2003 to 2013 he was the Editor of Dance Theatre Journal. From 2005 to 2015 Martin was Programme Leader of the MA The Body in Performance at Trinity Laban. He has worked recently with Pablo Bronstein, Boris Charmatz, Nicola Conibere, Joan Jonas and Yvonne Rainer. He is a Guest Dramaturg at South East Dance’s Dramaturg in Residence programme, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, and was a Lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London and a Visiting Lecturer in Performative Practices at DOCH, Stockholm before taking up the post of Director of Undergraduate Programmes at London Contemporary Dance School.
Photo by Aaron Shah
Previous Performances of Achilles
Duckie, The Royal Vauxhall Tavern
6th October 2018
"Duckie: Arts enterprise, homo-social honky-tonk and performance clubs for extraordinary populations.
Duckie create good nights out and culture clubs that bring communities together.
From our legendary 23-year weekly residency at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern to winning Olivier awards at the Barbican, we are purveyors of progressive working class entertainment who mix live art and light entertainment."
372 Kennington Lane,
Resolution Replay, The Place Theatre
Thursday 31st May 2018
"This mixed bill brings together four works by emerging artists first seen in our Resolution 2018 season including; Tilly Lee-Kronick, Elinor Lewis with Nuria Legarda Andueza and Pierre & Baby
A snapshot introduction into the world of dance, this night showcases the range of work currently being made in the UK through different styles and genres – from contemporary dance to hip hop, performance art and contemporary circus."
Future of Dating, V&A Museum
Friday 23 February 2018
"With dating apps ever increasing, finding love is now as much about an algorithm as physical attraction. Join us this Friday Late swipe, like, and explore the future of dating. Look at the politics of sex and relationships, question how we build and sustain them today and into the future. Watch out cupid!
Commissioned by Block Universe Pierre & Baby present 'achilles' in The Raphael Cartoons, Room 48a at 19:45 and 21:00."
Resolution Festival, The Place Theatre
Saturday 20th January 2018
The Place Theatre
17 Duke's Road,
Part of a triple bill featuring:
Hannah Cameron Dance Company
17th January 2020
"We will be donating all money to The Outside Project and Stonewall Housing, a LGBTIQ+ community shelter & centre.
Gray Wielebinski . HrH . Pippa El-Kadhi Brown . Jacob Samuels . Rubee Patricia . illyr
Sakeema . illyr . Pierre & Baby . Leah Walker x Oliver Coates . Jacob Samuels
Eden Caterers - suppling Canapés
Please arrive before 8.30 as doors will be closed during the performance."
BOTW presents: Holiday Sidewinder + Saint Torrente, RPG, Ash Kenazi
9th September 2019
Back up dancing for Holiday Sidewinder -
"Glam-Pop Powerhouse, Holiday Sidewinder, has been dubbed the next pop provocateur following an exhilarating collection of singles, including “unapologetic thot bop” (Huffington Post) Leo -a soaring celebration of sexual liberation inviting “undeniable comparisons to Madonna” (Purple Sneakers). From the “cocky, glossy blur of pure hedonistic glam” (Rolling Stone) we heard with Casino to power-pop anthems like Whispers and Tra$h Can Luv, her debut album Forever or Whatever is set to be a classic.
Hailed as a global pop sensation, Sidewinder is taking the world by storm with her electrifying live show and contagious energy. A femme-fatale at the helm of her own luxury wheels, Holiday is in charge of every aspect of her persona and has funded her album entirely by selling worn satin panties from her personal collection… and like, wow."
The Chat is Back
Camberwell Church Street
7th September 2019
"The Chateau is back! And what better way to strut into our Autumn/Winter season than with a classic Chateau Night. We're feeling primped, we're feeling preened and we're ready to get back down and have a dance. All of you queers slipping n sliding into the DM's desperate for our return....THE WAIT IS FINALLY OVER.
Your Queer home is back
Descend into the basement once again, for a classic Chat party.
performances from queer dance duo Pierre & Baby
and THE Chateau chanteuse herself CASSANDRA"
7th September 2019
"Celebration of Art, Music, Theatre + Escapism
Party 2pm - 2am + After Party 2am - 6am
THE GLASS THEATRE
An intimate, glittering little paradise of Live Performance Art, The Glass Theatre is brimming with the latest, greatest, loudest and proudest of London’s LGBTQIA+, BAME, POC, female-identifying, living-with-disability huns with something to prove.
Come cosy up in the only theatre in London made of glass; where the performances are as transparent as their home. Laugh, cry, and find yourself unexpectedly aroused, as our talented actors, comedians, performance artists, circus folk, drag royals, slam poets, spoken word-ers, and dancers give the world what she needs most: truth, beauty, love, and art.
The Glass Theatre will showcase scratch-style sessions until you're shimmying on your seats."
10th August 2019
"HOWL is a platform for the multiplicity of queer collectives to come together
In these divisive times that seek to fracture our community
We will build a limitless city that unites us
Bringing together performance art, house and techno
For a 14 hour queer party"
Thorny Summer Party
The Trinity Centre, Bristol
12th July 2019
"Bristol's most provocative party of the summer is back at the iconic Trinity Centre.
Reunite with us at a time when safe spaces to come together are more scarce and necessary than ever before. Landing on Pride weekend, we've assembled a glittering line-up of local performance legends and star guests from other galaxies for a one-night spectacle.
Featuring: TAMI T, REBEKAH UBUNTU, LASANA SHABAZZ, COOL DAD, TOM MARSHMAN, E B U, OH, THE GUILT, PIERRE & BABY, DJ set from IFEOLUWA"
PUPPY Episode 1. Rave Culture
The Yard, Hackney Wick
8th June 2019
"Puppy is a brand new art and performance London club night taking place in The Yard, London on Saturday the 8th of June. Rave and the self-governing spaces it creates has long been a way to breakdown community borders. With the current global shift to right-wing movements its time to take a serious look at rave ethos and inclusivity."
Mass Hysteria Presents
25th May 2019
"M̶A̶S̶S̶ ̶H̶Y̶S̶T̶E̶R̶I̶A̶ ̶P̶R̶E̶S̶E̶N̶T̶S̶:̶ is a series of events organized by the members of Mass Hysteria Collective in South East London. The programme consists of performances, dj sets, film screenings, talks and more, and is subject to fluctuation and never-ending diversification.
The events will take place in flats of the members of the collective and its friends, in various spots in the unique areas of Deptford, Brockley, New Cross, etc.
The events are always public and free."
Take Me To Church
Camberwell Church Street
2nd February 2019
"The Chateau’s flagship Queer Performance Party TAKE ME TO CHURCH is BACK for 2019, BIGGER and BETTER than ever before! We are here to celebrate and showcase the beautiful diversity and talent of our most exciting queer performers, and babies do we have some treats in store for you this year!
All hosted and curated by the Proprietor of The Chateau herself, Miss Coco Patron, TAKE ME TO CHURCH is now MONTHLY, first Sat every month, for your fix of mind-blowing queer talent, live on stage at SE London’s subterranean LGBT+ drinking den, The Chateau.
FEB EDITION FEATURING....
PLUS DJ Sad Queers Club till late!"
The Art Academy London
17th January 2019
Exhibition open 15th January - 21st January 2019
Exhibition curated by Minerva Amiss
Ranny Cooper & Minerva Amiss
Pierre & Baby
Denise Padron Benitez