What happens when femmes of colour assume the creative autonomy to narrate their stories? Hive City Legacy. The kaleidoscopic celebration of intersectional brown life is the brainchild of Australian phenomenon Hot Brown Honey, and hip hop devotee Yami ‘Rowdy’ Lofvenberg. It features an alliance of young femmes; aerialists, dancers, actresses, spoken word artists, beatboxers and burlesque exploring what it is to be a femme of colour in a post-colonial Britain and New Zealand. Each a virtuoso in her respected discipline, united by a readiness to deconstruct identities forged out of the social paradigms that surround them.
Matriarchy, mental health, marginalisation and melanin constitute the key pillars upholding the Hive City Legacy. Art becomes a springboard through which we can candidly self-reflect, delving into the complexities and conflicts comprising the millennial woman of colour. While the performance is still evolving, with no real way to tell how this myriad of creatives will come together until opening night, Hive City Legacy promises to shatter stereotypes and highlight the abundance of talent among women of colour.
Ahead of the show’s opening on July 11th, we went behind the scenes of the show with some of the cast including Hot Brown Honey director Lisa Fa’alafi, assistant director Yami ‘Rowdy’ Lofvenburg, dancer Elsabet Yonas, performers Krystal Dockery and Shakaiah Perez, aerialists Farrell Cox and Rebecca Solomon, actress Dorcas A. Stevens, spoken word artist Koko Brown and Hot Brown Honey’s Elena Wangurra. Each giving us an insight into their perspectives on the racial, political and social consciousness of today, and why productions like Hive City Legacy are so important. Read our interview with the cast here and check out some exclusive behind teh shots above and below.
Hive City Legacy runs at the Roundhouse 11th-21st July. For more information and tickets head to the Roundhouse website.
*This post is written in collaboration with Roundhouse.*