LADA announces second Black Artist in Residence

LADA is delighted to announce that the second Black Artist in Residence is Malik Nashad Sharpe.

Launched in March 2023, the Study Room Residencies for Black Scholars and Artists aim to expand LADA’s Study Room resources and introduce our audiences and communities to artists and scholars from the Global Majority.

About Malik Nashad Sharpe

Malik is a choreographer and movement director working with dance and dark fantasy. Creating primarily underneath the alias Marikiscrycrycry, he makes provocative performance works that are formally engaged with the formal construction of affect, atmosphere, and dramaturgy from the marginal perspective.

He graduated with a BA in Experimental Dance with highest honours from Williams College, and holds a certificate in Contemporary Dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance, where he won the Simone Michele Prize for Outstanding Choreography. He often works with dance as a social art form and relies upon a variety of techniques and practices to articulate his choreographic systems and values.

His works often address violence, alienation, horror, melancholia, belonging, and the horizon and his works have been widely presented across the U.K., Europe, and Canada. He has received commissions for new work from The Yard Theatre (UK), Theatre La Chapelle (CA), Festival Trans-Amerique (CA), New Queers on the Block (UK), Marlborough Productions (UK), Dansehallerne (DK), MDT (SK), Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts (UK), Dance4 (UK), The Place (UK), Theatre in the Mill (UK), Fierce Festival (UK), CCN Caen (FR), Block Universe (UK), Dansehallerne (DK), MDT (SE), Cambridge Junction (UK), Roskilde Festival (DK), amongst many others and his work has been shown in venues including at Battersea Arts Centre (UK), Montreal arts et interculturels (CA), Birmingham Hippodrome (UK), Edison/Betty Nansen Teatret (DK), Pia Bouman at Soctiabank Theatre (CA), University Settlement (USA), Schauspielhaus (AT), Insitute of Contemporary Art (UK), Kampnagel (DE), Tate Britain (UK), MDT (SE), Beurrschouwburg (BE), Inkonst (SK), and in festivals such as ImpulsTanz (AT), Birmingham International Dance Festival (UK), Glasgow International Dance Festival (UK), American Realness (USA), Les Urbaines (CH), Skopje Pride (MK), amongst many others.

In the 16th edition of Festival Transamerique, he premiered High Bed Lower Castle (2022), a work co-created with Montreal-based choreographer Ellen Furey, to critical acclaim with critics deeming it ‘bold, rich, dreamlike’ (Artichaut) and ‘remarkable, mesmerising’ (Westmount). In Roskilde Festival 2023, he premiered his large-scale production of DARK, HAPPY, to the CORE to widespread acclaim, with critics calling the work, ‘jaw-dropping’ (******* in Scenenblog), ‘entertaining, good style, sexy’ (***** in Politken), ‘quivering, smouldering, postapocalyptic’ (Seismograf), ‘exciting, challenging, intense’ (, ‘grabbed my by the collar and reminded me of the radicality and wildness of Roskilde’ (

As a movement director, he has worked widely across the British theatre sector, including on the productions of Henry V (Shakespeare’s Globe/Headlong), Bootycandy (Gate), Closer (Lyric Hammersmith), The Glow (Royal Court), Scandaltown (Lyric Hammersmith), Two-Character Play(Hampstead Theatre), Fairview (Young Vic), and Effigies of Wickedness (Gate/English National Opera), and in 2023, he will join the creative teams for A View From the Bridge (Headlong/Bolton Octagon), and Mates in Chelsea (Royal Court).

In 2019, he was named a Rising Star in Dance from Attitude Magazine, and in 2022 he was featured on the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 list for his unique and pervasive choreographic achievements. In 2023, he was nominated for the Premio Cunha e Silva Prize at Galeria Municipal do Porto.

He is currently an Associate Artist at The Place, and a studio resident of Somerset House Studios. He has held artistic residencies at Sadler’s Wells, Barbican, Performance Situation Room, Dance4, Duckie, and Tate Modern. He is currently a guest professor in dance and performance at the Stockholm University of the Arts in Sweden. He lives in London.

Find out more about Malik here, or follow them on Instagram here.

Banner image credit:

GOING BERSERK by marikiscrycrycy as part of Fest en Fest, 25.11.22. Credit Henri T Artist.23

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