And What? Queer Arts Festival: Any Instant Whatsoever at Rich Mix

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In a nutshell

Pop star Alexander Geist presents a morose disco floorshow, it's dance theatre for the demimonde.

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Alexander Geist is a pop star built entirely from possibilities, he's the voice of an imagined generation, he's the underground icon who wasn't lost to AIDS. Defined by androgyny, charisma, and indiscriminate sexuality, Geist is the morose disco-soul singer whose melodramatic lyrics and insistent melodies, have earned him fans worldwide. Mining the classic gestural vocabulary of pop stardom to build a choreography of desire and indignation, Geist and his dancers have created a performance of refractory proportions. Any instant whatsoever is a beguiling live pop concert hellbent on luring the audience deep into an erotic multiverse, into a destabilising reverie, and into constant speculation.

Pushing at the limitations of pop music, contemporary dance, and live art, Any instant whatsoever takes its cues from iconic works such as Cracked Actor, Blonde Ambition, and Stop Making Sense, and stakes Geist's claim to be the greatest star who never lived.

Image credit: Sven Gutjahr

What to Expect

Any Instant Whatsoever is a dance theatre performance piece, soundtracked by the original music of pop star Alexander Geist. Geist and his dancers perform the material which makes up his debut album Hello Lover, against a hypnotic light and video design. Marrying all the crotch grabs, hip grinding, and vicious spins of rock's favourite artists to a poetic narrative sensibility, Any Instant Whatsoever challenges the form and content of the classic pop concert.

Who's Involved

A beloved icon of Berlin's demi-monde, Alexander Geist is the velvet voice of a morosedisco soul; his melodramatic lyrics and insistent melodies, have earned him fans worldwide. He has toured from Japan to Brazil, from Tel Aviv to Lisbon, showcasing his charismatic stage persona in such iconic venues as Berliner Festspiele, and the Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi (Rio), La Java (Paris), the V&A (London), and Casa da Musica (Porto). He is especially proud to been invited by David Bowie's team to perform at the vernissage of Bowie Is... at Martin-Gropius-Bau. Last year he played the lead role in Deutsche Oper's new opera GIANNI, he is also an admired underground movie star, with credits in Shu-Lea Cheung's "Fluido O", Alexis Langolis' "Je reserve tous mes baisiers", and Vika Kirchenbauer's "You are Boring!"

Part of And What? Queer. Arts. Festival.

Venue Details & Map

Rich Mix

35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road
E1 6LA
+44 (0)20 7613 7498
Public transport:
Shoreditch High Street Station - Exit the station, turn out on to Bethnal Green Road. Turn right and cross over the road. Rich Mix is located a short distance along the road.

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