AN EFFORT IN CAMP

In 18 Attempts

Part of

CYBER RATS, despite it all...

Third Year Graduation Works

London Contemporary Dance School

Created during the Covid 19 lockdown

Thick & Tight have had the pleasure of working with fourteen fabulous students and together we've plunged into five weeks of research, experiments, reading and recording. Unable to be in the studio, we had to reassess our way of working; rather than coming in with set ideas, choreography, score etc. as we usually would, we decided to lead the students through a series of creative and research exercises so they could understand how we begin making work, before we even step into a studio. It has been wonderful to be able to share our work in this way and to learn from this new generation of dance artists.

 

Our work is often labelled as ‘camp’ and for a while we have wanted to understand the meaning of the word a little better. We devised a sort of ‘Course in Camp’ which has culminated in a film; an ode to all the wonderful work the students have produced and all the works we have studied.

Design by Tim Spooner

Polari Sound Recordings by Thom Shaw

Music by​ Warren/Brown/Free/Deutsch, Olivier Messiaen, Nino Rota,  Shim Sang-gun, Stefan Prins, The Tornados, NASA Voyager Space Craft, Richard Strauss, Gina X Performance, Barbra Streisand, Sol Kaplan, Brian Eno, Neu!, Sohail Rana, Leroy Anderson

Click HERE for a list of footage, texts and references in An Effort In Camp

and HERE for a Camp Questionnaire!

STARRING

(click on the photos for more about each performer)

ZAKARIUS HARRY.jpg
VERITY WRIGHT.jpg
Elyssa Sena.jpg
ANGELINA GORGAEVA.jpg

Verity Wright

Elyssa Sena

Angelina Gorgaeva

Zakarius Harry

MILO.jpg

Milo Aylward

ANNABELLE PEACH.jpg

Annabelle Peach

Giorgina Pini photo.jpg

Giorgina Pini

EVIE JACKSON.jpg

Evie Jackson

Thea Kallhed Gadefors-Moller.jpg

Thea Kallhed Gadefors-Möller

TANIA CHUA.jpg

Tania Chua Wei Ning

James Healy.jpg

James Healy

MARGHERITA GIULIODORI.jpg

Margherita Giuliodori

JESSICA VAN DE KOOT.jpg

Jessica Van de Koot

Freya Lawson.jpg

Freya Lawson

 

LIST OF TEXTS STUDIED IN THICK & TIGHT'S

'COURSE IN CAMP'

Notes on Camp, Susan Sontag 1964

Notes on Camp/Anti Camp, Bruce LaBruce 2013

Notes on Dyke Camp, Mikaella Clements 2018

"The Booty Don't Lie" and Other Camp Truths in the Performances of Janelle Monae, Francesca T. Royster, in 'Music & Camp' edited by Christopher Moore & Philip Purvis 2018

Disneyworld Company in 'Screened Out', Jean Baudrillard 2002 (p.150-154)

Dream Kitsch, Walter Benjamin 1925

From Interiority to Gender Performatives in 'Gender Trouble', Judith Butler 1990, in 'Camp: Queer Aesthetics & The Performing Subject – A Reader' edited by Fabio Cleto 1999

Watch My Lips: The Limits of Camp in Lip-Syncing Scenes, Freya Jarman 2017, in 'Music & Camp' edited by Christopher Moore & Philip Purvis 2018

A Brief History of Polari, Paul Baker 2017

Introduction: Low Theory, in 'The Queer Art of Failure' by Judith Halberstam 2011

The Jewel in the Gutter; Camp and the Incorporation of Dirt, Ingrid Hotz-Davies, in 'The Dark Side of Camp Aesthetics: Queer Economies of Dirt, Dust and Patina', 2018, edited by Ingrid Hotz-Davies, Franziska Bergmann, Georg Vogt

Slave Chains and Faggots and Camp... Oh My!, Noah Fields 2015

Age, Race, Class & Sex, in 'Sister Outsider', Audre Lorde 1984

Bodies That Matter Introduction, Judith Butler 1993

On Queer of Color Criticism, Communication Studies, and Corporeality, Jesus I. Valles-Morales and Benny LeMaster 2015

'A Stoat Came To Tea: Camp Poetics & Masculinity, Antony Rowland 2010

FURTHER READING:

Music & Camp, edited by Christopher Moore & Philip Purvis 2018

Camp: Queer Aesthetics & The Performing Subject – A Reader, edited by Fabio Cleto 1999

Guilty Pleasures: Feminist Camp from Mae West to Madonna, Pamela Robertson 1996

Queer Voices from Japan: First Person Narratives from Japan's Sexual Minorities, edited by Suganuma, Welker & McLelland 2007

English Eccentrics, Edith Sitwell 1933

Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection, Julia Kristeva 1982

 

CAMP QUESTIONNAIRE

• What is the campest object in your room? Why?

• Which colour is the campest of them all. Be specific in hue and reasoning.

• What is the campest drink you could order at a bar/pub?

• What is the campest speed to move at?

• List all the ways that makes this track camp… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6sJL_kuLdM

• List all the ways that makes this track non camp… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKtP8GMM7Bg

• What is the campest track you know?

• Historically who is the campest dictator/villain and why?

• Give an example of a perfect camp one-liner…

• Which animal makes the campest noise? Explain yourself with an example of the sound on You Tube

• What is the campest decade of the 20th Century? Why?

• What is the campest part of your body?

• What is the campest fruit? And Vegetable?

• Who is the campest Queen?

• Who has absolutely no camp sensibilities?

• What is the campest plant?

• Who is camp but doesn’t know it?

• What is the campest building existing or destroyed?

• What is the campest accessory you can adorn?

• What is the campest letter in the alphabet?

• What is the campest word in the dictionary?

• Which camp-idol do you most identify with?