Photo: Alex Woodward

boychild, TOTAL FREEDOM & Wu Tsang

Moved by the Motion

Sci-fi. After the club. Underground. Counter-narrative. Narrated movement. Cultural resistance. Wu Tsang and boychild's collaborative performance series, will continue its evolution at Episode 9 with the addition of TOTAL FREEDOM.

When we fantasise about Moved by the Motion performances, we imagine a trans future present, after-hours, in the club (which once was a theatre); a fashion photo shoot dreamscape, irreducibly entangled with the best dancers you’ve ever met, Total Freedom playing in the background mixing in Fred Moten reading poetry down the phone, and through the fog you’re thinking about whether “an extrajuridical law of motion” means writing and breaking your own bodily laws every day. This may or may not end up being true.


We think of Wu Tsang’s films, performances and collaborations as embodying a kind of improvisational, queer and trans way of being that uses the impossible or unavailable images of our collective resistance as a way to access and stay within the politics of our sociality.


boychild is a movement and full body make-up artist, cyborg-clown, fashion muse, healer, virtuoso lip-sync artist and regular collaborator in our Episodes. 


TOTAL FREEDOM is one of the great DJ’s of his generation, Total Freedom’s sets are discomforting, sublime and grotesque. They insist on the dance floor as a contested political space. "Total Freedom’s devastating DJ sets changed club music” Dazed & Confused “...all sobs and gospel prayers, helicopters noises and screams and glass crashing…which would throw you back into a dungeon of hellfire all with so much gory glee. He was absolutely the first person I ever heard do that in a club, years and years ago.” Arca

Access Note: We expect that this performance, as a predominantly movement and dance piece will have a strong visual component.


Wu is currently editing the video documentation of this piece and will be made available here on completion.