Chorus in Flight

"Chorus in Flight" by Julianknxx is an immersive performance developed in collaboration with a choir from Amsterdam and Rotterdam. It is part of the public program accompanying the exhibition Chorus in Rememory of Flight at Metro54 in Amsterdam. 

This performance explores the rich tapestry of diasporic mourning traditions, with an emphasis on themes of community, memory work, laughter, loss, and joy. In this performance, grief encompasses a lifeworld beyond our own, momentarily offering a space to engage with voices, feelings, memories, and stories. How do we mourn when the stories fade away? How do we hold space for grief as it transitions into laughter and joy?

"Chorus in Flight" highlights how Julianknxx's artistic endeavors are deeply intertwined with notions of refusal, memory work, and everyday histories, providing audiences with ways to engage with a multitude of diasporic biographies and stories.

Drawing upon oral traditions and employing a distinctive aesthetic, Julianknxx's performance serves as a catalyst for reflection and deep listening, inviting us to reconsider the omnipresence of grief, how we construct narratives of remembrance locally and globally, and how we hold space collectively.

"Chorus in Flight" is organized in collaboration with Buro Stedelijk and is part of the exhibition project "Chorus In Rememory of Flight" at Metro54. The performance "Chorus in Flight" is supported by Mondriaan Fonds, Ammodo, and Fonds21 and has been co-commissioned by the Barbican and WePresent by WeTransfer in partnership with Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, with support from 180 Studios and De Singel.

🔥Opening Date: Thursday 02 May 2024
🔥Time: 19:30 - 21:30
🔥Location:  Paulus Potterstraat 13 , Amsterdam
🔥Entrance: Free

About Julianknxx:

Julianknxx is a poet, artist and filmmaker.

The polyphonic nature of Julianknxx’s work is indicative of his expansive practice, which is rooted in poetry but extends into performance, film, music and sculpture. Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Julianknxx draws on his personal experiences to broaden perspectives on the history and culture of Africa and its diasporas. Inspired by oral history traditions and working with a distinctive aesthetic approach, his films invite us to consider how we construct both local and global narratives, while reflecting on how it feels to exist in liminal spaces.