Like Honey

Becky Namgauds

Overview

New to international touring, Becky Namgauds is a choreographer and dance artist creating intense, powerful work that sits between dance, performance art and installation. Inspired by personal and political issues, her work is female-driven and internationally influenced with recurring themes of feminism, femicide and the environment. Choreographically, she draws on a wide range of movement practices, including contemporary dance and capoeira. Namgauds has created work for theatres, outdoor festivals, galleries and music videos and has collaborated with Hofesh Shechter Company and LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre).

In Like Honey stereotypical ideas of female beauty and ugliness collide, through noise, aggression and blood. Available to tour with other works, it’s an explosive duet of movement, sound and contemporary dance. The piece is influenced by krump – a highly expressive underground movement usually associated with aggression and male energy – and live vocals. Challenging ideas of the ‘divine feminine’, the work explores gendered shame of menstruation and celebrates the ability to create life. Dance artist Amanda Pefkou moves with raw and sensual energy, animated by an unusual, captivating score performed live by vocalist Yael Claire Shahmoon, featuring looping and layered rhythms and sounds.

Like Honey is in Edinburgh as part of a double bill with Joseph Toonga/Just Us Dance Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In the press

“Namgauds is a talent that needs to be seen and heard" Wonderful World of Dance

“Like Honey is a bold work from Namgauds that blossoms into a defiant image of femininity” The Stage

Production details

  • Choreographer

    Becky Namgauds
  • Number of people on stage

    1 dancer and 1 live vocalist
  • Number of people in touring company

    4 (2 performers, choreographer and producer)
  • Freight

    No freight necessary
  • Touring Availability

    From Autumn 2019
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    5m x 6m
  • Text-based

    Light (very little or no text)
  • Also contains:

    Live Music

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Dance Base, 14–6 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU
  • Production dates

    22–25 AUGUST
  • Production times

    1600–1640
  • Duration

    20 MINS in a 40 MIN double bill
  • Audience capacity

    53

Contact

Wraparound

The company offer movement, dance and voice workshops for young people, professional artists and people of all ages and abilities. These workshops can take the form of an individual practitioner within the company, repertoire of the relevant work or be curated for the needs of a group. Drawing from contemporary dance, focusing on musicality and performance presence the company offer CPD training to develop a holistic artistic practice. The company structure and deliver these workshops to enable and empower all participants to embody the quality of Becky's practice and the themes that drive it.

Additional productions

Rodadoras
Performed in a bed of soil, Rodadoras explores the themes of femicide and eco-feminism. Through a rhythmical jig of floor work, three female dancers roll, fall and slam into the earth, their bodies becoming fully immersed in their surrounding. Shielded behind their hair, the performers morph into otherworldly creatures. Rodadoras is a 24 minute outdoor work using contemporary dance and capoeira, set to an original score of Neapolitan folk music.

Rodadoras is a brilliant and clever dance piece for outdoor setting. Gripping from the beginning until the end.”
Lucie Mirkova, Artistic Director for Birmingham International Dance Festival

Exhibit F
Exhibit F explores female gendering and the potential for victimisation this has from birth. It challenges the cultural and structural codes of what it means to be female and to have a female form. Creating surreal physical images that move between ideas of female, object and creature, Exhibit F is a raw and commanding dance that attacks the way we encounter and gaze upon what we recognise as female. Exhibit F is a solo work performed by Namgauds using multidisciplinary movement practices. Currently in development, it will be available to tour from October 2019.

Exhibit F is a poignant work.” Cath Carver