Malik Nashad Sharpe
He’s Dead

Part of the program POPDEATHPOWER by Dansehallerne x Betty.

He’s Dead is a dark fantasy choreography that engages with the question ‘Was Tupac depressed?’ This question cannot be answered and so this conceptual group work uses dance, text, live action, and sound, at the juncture of darker schemas, atmospheres, and dramaturgies to shed tears for the things that we cannot unearth.

Moving beyond the social framework of hope, He’s Dead works with undercurrent modes of meaning-production, utilising choreography as a tool and formal force for interrogating, in this case, im/possibility. The work proliferates marginal identifications and melancholic subjectivities as both a fantasy framework and as practises against dehumanisation.

He’s Dead is created by the British shooting star Malik Nashad Sharpe aka Marikiscrycrycry. The performance is presented as part of the program POPDEATHPOWER by Dansehallerne x Betty.

Artist Talk on March 9th

Audiences are invited to an artist talk with Malik Nashad Sharpe aka Marikiscrycrycry after the performance March 9th. Duration: App. 25 min.

Malik Nashad Sharpe is an artist working with choreography. Creating primarily underneath the alias Marikiscrycrycry, he creates performances that are formally experimental and engaged with the formal construction of atmosphere, affect, and dramaturgy. Their performances often utilise social themes and topics as portals to unveil and unearth ulterior and undercurrent perspectives. They have been especially concerned with the affective and textural qualities of dance and how it can transform, disarm, and critically reflect upon mourning and melancholia. Malik Nashad Sharpe has made choreography for the English National Opera (UK)/Gate Theatre (UK), Young Vic (UK), Hampstead Theatre (UK), Royal Court (UK), and at National Theatre (UK) as a part of Summer Space to Create, and have been featured in publications including British Vogue, American Vogue, Vogue Polska, Dazed, Dazed Beauty, Crack Magazine, Howlround Theatre Commons, i-D, Nowness, Love Magazine, and others. They were recently named by Attitude Magazine as a Rising Star in Dance. They are an Associate Artist at The Place, Hackney Showroom, and a Studio Resident at Somerset House Studios. He was formerly an Artist-in-Residence at Tate Modern and Tate Britain, and currently artist in-residence at Sadlers Wells. They are a regular contributor to Mission Statement Magazine. They live and makes work from London, U.K and Montreal, CA.

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Malik Nashad Sharpe


He’s Dead






50 minutes


Edison-scenen, Edisonsvej 10, 1856 Frederiksberg


Concept, choreography and direction: Marikiscrycrycry Dancers: Alexander Love, Blue Makwana, Eve Stainton and Marikiscrycrycry Sound designers: JONI, Joanna Pope, ¥ummy Online, Sound research: Dylan Spencer-Davidson, TAAHLIAH Flag designs: Zeinab Saleh Lighting and Technical Design: Jon Cleveland Dramaturgy: Martin Hargreaves Producer: Ash Bowmott and Laura Sweeney, The Uncultured Photography: Elise Rose Trailer filmmaker and editor: Kassandra Powell Costumes and styling: Mia Maxwell Set build: James St. Findlay Commissioned by The Marlborough Pub & Theatre for New Queers on the Block; Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts; Theatre in the Mill; Block Universe; and The Yard. Further support from Arts Council England, The Place and Institute of Contemporary Arts.

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Photo credit: Elise Rose
Photo credit: Elise Rose
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