In her new work crack nerve boogie swerve Blake concentrates on the notion of breaking breaking norms, breaking free from constraints, liberating oneself from the confinement of oppression. She will explore the act and meaning of breaking through the use of sound, the voice, and the body in an installation made with glass and concrete. The team of womxn performers is made up of local dancers, musicians, sound artists and singers, linking the work to the city of Rotterdam.

crack nerve boogie swerve will consist of three parts, co-developed by Blake and the performers during the exhibition, using the exhibition as a process and rehearsal space. Visitors can observe a snippet of the process or follow it each day. At the end of the Sessions — the allocated time for the development of each act — there will be a sketch, which will be an end marker of the process. First performance takes place Sunday 1 September, 16.00 at TENT.

Producer: Judith Roux
Clothing: Elisa van Joolen in collaboration with Anouk Beckers
Assistant: Lauren Fong


Follow the performance installation crack nerve boogie swerve by Alexis Blake closely and see below on which days you can visit TENT and attend the improvisation sessions and/or performances.

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This performance is part of installation crack nerve boogie swerve, in the current exhibition No You Won’t Be Naming No Buildings after Me, curated by Vincent van Velsen. Read more about this exhibition here.


Performance / installation crack nerve boogie swerve, Alexis Blake
Location: TENT, Witte de Withstraat 50 in Rotterdam

Prelude opening exhibition No You Won’t Be Naming No Buildings after Me
Thursday 11.07, 19.00-21.00

Sessions ACT ONE
Tuesday 27.08 – Saturday 31.08, 11.00-18.00

Sketch ACT ONE
Sunday 01.09, 16.00-16.30

Sessions ACT TWO
Tuesday 03.09-Friday 06.09, 11.00-18.00
Tuesday 10.09 Friday 13.09, 11.00-18.00

Sketch ACT TWO
Sunday 15.09, 15.00-15.30




With thanks to the Mondriaan Fund