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A Young Vic Taking Part and Hetrick-Martin Institute Project
Co-created by Jay Jay Revlon, Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu & Kemar Jewel

Following the sell-out success of the Taking Part production Sundown Kiki, the company of co-creators explored how art has historically been used as a collective space of political resistance.

The Young Vic engaged our group of Queer and Black/Global Majority young artists in a new creative process which connected Sundown Kiki to New York City, the birthplace of ballroom, and explored ballroom’s political heritage.

Working with House Father and leading figure of UK ballroom Jay Jay Revlon, theatre director and writer Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu, and US-based theatre and ballroom artist Kemar Jewel, the young artists explored what the notion of Communities of Resistance means to them and within their creative practice. This project was delivered in collaboration with the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York City.

The project concluded with a collaboration between the UK and US young artists in New York City in summer 2022, where they created a scratch performance around the theme of Communities of Resistance. This international group of young artists also marched together in the New York Pride Parade 2022.