Malik Nashad Sharpe (b. 1992, New York) - creating under the alias marikiscrycrycry - is a choreographer, dancer, and movement director whose work looks at the production of ontology, affect, and subjectivity from the perspective of marginalisation. Often working with the undercurrent, underneath, subversive, and ulterior aspects of what it means to be both a human, and dehumanised, their work has topically explores themes around sexual assault, melancholia and melancholic subjectivity, nationalism, authoritarianism, the advent of the spectacle of Black death (the persistence of images both in media and culture of Black people being killed/dying), solidarities across borders and identities, the protestation in joyousness, amongst many other topics.
Creating under their prolific alias marikiscrycrycry, their performance practice with a cult following in London’s underground performance scene, their work has been presented in theatres, galleries, and festival contexts, including:
Fierce Festival (UK), American Realness (USA), Submerge Festival at BAC (USA), Block Universe x EWerk Luckenwalde (DE), Impulstanz at Schauspielhauals (AT), BUZZCUT at CCA Glasgow (UK), NOW Festival at The Yard Theatre (UK), at Montreal arts et interculturels (CA), Theatre La Chapelle (CA), Menagerie de Verre (FR), The Place (UK), Panoply Performance Lab (USA), Steakhouse Live at Rich Mix (UK), Queer and Now at Tate Britain (UK), Tramway (UK), NottDance at Nottingham Contemporary (UK), Beursschouwburg (BE), Les Urbaines Lausanne (CH), Duckie (UK), Marlborough Pub and Theatre (UK), Theatre in the Mill (UK), Transmission Gallery (UK), Quarterhouse Folkestone (UK), Toronto Community Love-In at Pia Bouman Theatre (CA), Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts (UK), Cambridge Junction (UK), amongst many others.
They have made choreography for the English National Opera (UK)/Gate Theatre (UK), Young Vic (UK), and at National Theatre (UK) as a part of Summer Space to Create, and have been featured in publications including British Vogue, American Vogue, Vogue Polska, Dazed, Dazed Beauty, Crack Magazine, Howlround Theatre Commons, i-D, Nowness, and others. They were recently named by Attitude Magazine as a Rising Star in Dance. They are an Associate Artist at Hackney Showroom Productions, and former Artist-in-Residence at Tate Modern and Tate Britain. They live and make work from London, U.K.