you don’t know what privilege is
you can’t step back to see it
even when we are sat at the same table
sharing the same food
we seem to speak in different tongues
even when we share the same language
REGNANT is a new performance, a dinner party with the guests diving into how we interact with each other within the context of migration and belonging. It is composed live with you, our guests and patrons. Almost all the materials present on stage, from the pottery to the table, have been created by hand for you. As your hosts, we invite you to join us at the dinner table, get merry, make friends and explore structures of power within local communities and how they influence how we shape our collective future.
In REGNANT, Xavier expands the dinner-party setting of his previous show, POST, to think more broadly about collectivity, community and privilege within the performance space and in the development of the narrative itself.
This performance will include a variety of local guests and co-performers, to be announced soon. Food and drinks will be provided for all audience members.
Developed and performed by Xavier de Sousa, An* Neely, Yas Clarke, Jade Monserrat, with support and mentorship from Saad Said, Deborah Pearson and Lewis Church.
REGNANT is developed with METAL Culture, East Street Arts (Leeds), Theatre in The Mill, The Spire (Brighton), Live Collision Festival, Abbey Theatre – National Theatre of Ireland & Project Arts Centre (Ireland), mala voadora.porto (Portugal). Additional funding by Arts Council England.
About Xavier de Sousa
Xavier de Sousa is an independent performance maker, curator and producer based between Brighton and Lisbon. His practice explores personal and political heritage within the context of discourse on belonging, nationalism and migration. Through theatrical and durational work, he explores the dichotomies between the live experience and agency in the performance space. Xavier is currently developing a trilogy of works about belonging and power structures, kickstarted with his first theatre show, Post (touring). Xavier curates the digital series queeringborders, live programme performingbordersLIVE and New Queers on the Block, The Marlborough Theatre’s Touring and Artist Development Programme.
Previously, he has collaborated with Tim Etchels, Rosana Cade, The Famour Lauren Barri-Holstein, and presented work with Latitude Festival, Tate Modern, Vogue Fabrics, Southbank Centre, The Yard Theatre, CITEMOR (Portugal), Operastate Festival (Italy), Onassis Culture Centre (Athens), Kalamata Dance Festival (Greece) amongst others.