Space-womb-head Nick has been experimenting with research & wild nights out for a while, and this is the biggest yet. In collaboration with humans from Bat Makumba, the legendary party-palace that you all remember and love, and Do It Thissen, + academics from Sheffield Uni. Footwork, Ghetto House and immersive installations a-plenty. This should be totally unique and 100% Audacious approved.
For one night only, Theatre Delicatessen will become a temporary autonomous zone – a heady mix of footwork, ghetto house, left leaning techno, and immersive installations and experiences based on research from The University of Sheffield and elsewhere. In a groundbreaking collaboration between Do it Thissen, Refract and Bat Makumba, the night will lay bare research on dance music and club culture in interactive, immersive formats.
The main room will hold host to a full club night, drawing on the legacy of alternative DIY party night Bat Makumba with 3 DJs we’re extremely excited to bring along.
DJ Taye (Chicago/TEKLIFE/Hyperdub)
Footwork is one of the most exciting recent US exports into UK dance culture in recent years, but it has had a long history in Chicago, where it developed from Ghetto House. TEKLIFE, home to the DJ Spinn, the late DJ Rashad, Traxman and DJ Taye amongst others, is at the centre of it all. After Spinn and Rashad’s excursions to Sheffield, we’re extremely excited to be bringing DJ Taye along as well. Frenetic, skittering drum-machine and heavy bass, all at a brain melting 168 bpm.
This is the real deal – footwork doesn’t come to Sheffield often, so don’t miss out.
Rushmore (House of Trax/Trax Couture/NTS)
Label head of London’s House of Trax label, Rushmore has one foot firmly planted in the history of US/UK ghetto club music ‘aimed at the dancefloor and the bedroom’, and ballroom house. Ball culture developed from the Harlem ballroom community of the ’70s and ’80s, where the marginalised gay black and latino community could freely express their sexualities and gender identities, through vogueing dance-offs.
Starting as a basement party, House of Trax has expanded gloriously in the capital into a label, club night and fashion label. Expect ballroom, house, electro, ghetto house, footwork and grime. Ultra cool and wild, aimed below the hips.
Braxton Hicks (Bat Makumba)
The Bat Makumba parties (prior host to Joe, Hieroglyphic Being, Helena Hauff, Golden Teacher & more) at The Audacious Art Experiment were legendary, and sorely missed. We’re bringing main Bat-head Braxton Hicks out to join us. Expect wild, experimental dance music from across all dimensions.
We’ll be making full use of Theatre Delicitessen’s labyrinthine warren of rooms to go beyond the club-night into an altogether different brain-zone entirely. Throughout the night, rooms around the complex will open up to reveal installations, freak happenings and research engagements covering a broad spectrum of contemporary research into dance music, music perception and live-coding.
Room 1 will see a AV exploration into the nightclub in film narratives, synced to main room’s bass throbs. Narrations of clubs in films will be presented the most basic rhythmic, beat-matched narrative code, alongside the films themselves to reveal how film-makers have presented and exploited the club-space.
Room 2 will see a special dual performance between Cellar Dweller (Sheffield Techno Institute) & Body Antoinette (TAAE), each exploring one side of our perception of music – the mind, and the body. How do we feel music? How do we place music in context? You’ll be fully in control of how the set sounds and where along the spectrum of perception you want to be. Draws on the history of chill-out rooms and body jackin’, alongside recent research into music psychology.
Other rooms will hold an interactive installation on rhythm anticipation from Alex Keegan, who curated the dancefloor-deconstruction festival Refract, working with Alex McLean/Yaxu of Algorave, a master of live-coded techno schisms and research.