They Dance in the Dark, Performance and Q&A with RENU (Renu Hossain)

Photo by Anna Kazanova

🗓️ Wednesday 29 May, 5.45PM – 8.00PM

📍 Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate CT9 1HG

Join percussionist, tabla player, composer, producerand curator RENU (Renu Hossain) for a live performance of They Dance in the Dark, their critically acclaimed 2017 album. Co-facilitated by OSE Associate Jas Dhillon, who will be hosting a Q&A with RENU after the performance.

Produced at RENU’s Holykuti Studios in London and Berlin, They Dance in the Dark features vocalists from Beirut, Ireland, Iraq, Pakistan, UK, Bangladesh etc. They Dance in the Dark has grown into an ever expanding set showcasing RENU’s latest Electronica creations.

When performed live, RENU uses visual projections to form a chamber that encases the unique, live percussive, and electronic sound; creating a world, a cocoon, a womb ready to envelope the audience into the world of RENU’s They Dance in the Dark.

Imagine a party, where Gary Numan is married to The Orb, who is slow dancing with Massive Attack, while Oum Kalthoum French kisses Prince and finally, Daphne Oram is mixing the drinks. THEY DANCE IN THE DARK largely references 80’s & 90’s electronic dance music. The height of hooky, dark electronic anthems with an underlying postcolonial narrative.

RENU (Renu Hossain) is a London born, Bengali heritage, Berlin, London based interdisciplinary artist. She is a composer, Electronic producer, tabla-player, percussionist and curator. Originally a percussionist for – Grace Jones. Learning from percussion Masters in India, Brazil and Cuba, composing for choreography, theatre & film.

RENU released ‘They Dance in the Dark’ late 2017 to critical acclaim. Her album has been lionised by The Quietus, Art Forum Magazine (Top 10 album of the year), BBC Radio 6 & BBC Late Junction.

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OSE Public Programme 2023-24

This year’s Associate-led Public Programme, Where Echo Lies, takes us to the edges of our experience, where it is dark, and all is not necessarily clear. Plunging into new depths, the programme thinks through deep time and the unconscious mind. What forms of solace might be found in the night that cannot emerge in the light of day? What might we hear when surrounded by this darkness? Through myth making, spectatorship, performance, and painting, you are invited to look inward and ask how can our experience help us understand what lies beneath the knowable?

We’re excited to announce our continued partnership with Turner Contemporary, who are generously hosting part of the public programme. Turner Contemporary is one of the UK’s leading art galleries. Founded to celebrate JMW Turner’s connection to Margate in 2001, the David Chipperfield designed gallery opened in 2011.

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