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RENU\Holykuti Records presents

RENU: They Dance in the Dark (Cancelled)

Thursday 19 July
From £10.00
to £12.00
All orders will be subject to a fee of £1.50 except if your tickets are free or if you are a member

A message from Renu: Dear friends and fans, due to unforeseen circumstances, They Dance in the Dark show has been postponed, and the rescheduled date will be announced later this year. Apologies for those who have bought tickets, you will receive a full refund. I hope you are not too disappointed. I can't wait to see you in Autumn for a show that after all that waiting will be even more spectacular. Love, Renu.

In a nutshell

Berlin and London based queer artist, producer and percussionist RENU launches her album They Dance In the Dark with a live multi-media performance at Rich Mix. Featuring performances by Sugar MamasotaRaju Rage and Salma Arzouni.

Go on...

Two years on and off in the Holykuti Studios, produced in London, Berlin & Beirut with singers & performers from Ireland, Iraq, Pakistan, UK & Lebanon, They Dance in the Dark first started as an experiment. Realising her true introversion, RENU worked through mainly the computer and the philosophy of playing Tablas in mind: creating big & infinite sounds with a minimum set up.

They Dance in the Dark largely references 80´s & 90´s electronic dance music, the height of dark hooky anthems, with an underlying post-colonial narrative, timeless but unquestionably current.

What to Expect

Artist RENU performs They Dance in The Dark in the manner of an electronic dance odyssey with live percussion (tabla, cajon, latin percussion, soundscaping percussion) and live electronics. A plasmic electrical journey which andulates and ebbs its way through a cosmos of mixed media, taking you into another realm. The body performances by supernatural-queer characters who have trained in largely circus and dance performance fall into a perfect composition of cultivated weirdness. The live visuals have been specially prepared for the show for over 2 years.

Who's Involved

RENU is a BRLN\LNDN based composer, producer and percussionist. Originally a percussionist for multiple bands: Grace Jones, State of Bengal.. Renu started producing her music in 2010. Fast forward some years, learning percussion in India, Brazil, Cuba, composing for theatre, film, dance, she has now landed in an electronic realm.

Miss Sugar Mamasota is a New York based producer, dancer, clothes designer and performance artist. Her work is a physical storytelling, a satirical take on race, gender and sexuality. She has already performed with RENU in the THEY DANCE IN THE DARK premier show in Berlin, Gorky Theatre/Studio R.

Raju Rage is an interdisciplinary artist based in London and beyond. They focus on gendered and racialised bodies, exploring the spaces and relationships between dis/connected bodies, theory and practice, text and the body and aesthetics and the political substance, using performance, video, sculpture and more.

Salma is 3000 years old. A witch, the goddess Nin'ana from the Mesopotamien era an avatar of Kali Ma. Salma is also a writer and creative adviser for Renu. Salma also performed in the THEY DANCE IN THE DARK premier show in Berlin, Gorky Theatre/Studio R.

Yue Wang
Born in Guizhou, China, Yue Wang studied filmmaking and creative media in Hong Kong and Bristol, later obtained an MA in animation at Central Saint Martins London. She has produced work across film and animation that were shown and awarded at the ICA (London), Whitechapel Gallery (London), Centre Culturel Suisse (Paris), Locomoción Festival (Mexico City).

What people are saying

'Very beautiful… sublime’ - BBC Radio 6

‘Stately magic’ - BBC Late Junction

'They Dance In The Dark is not like other dance records' - The Quietus 

'Best of Top 10 Albums 2017’ - ART FORUM MAGAZINE (NYC)

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Follow: @renumusic 

Things you should know

Suitable for ages 16+

This event is wheelchair accessible.