From February 2018 performingborders hosts Xavier de Sousa‘s monthly interview series queeringborders, which will focus on contemporary queer artists who have migrated to new contexts and whose work is directly influenced by that experience. Taking the approach of a conversation between host and guest, the series aims to be a point of connection and representation of the various layers of the artists’ practice, research and thinking through the lens of their migrant and queer identities.
Xavier de Sousa is an independent performance maker and producer. Having grown up with Europe’s oldest performance art festival, CITEMOR (Portugal), he has been working solidly in theatre, dance and live art since graduating from Kingston University in 2010.
As a performance maker, he has developed multi-disciplinary character Almost Xav (Latitude Festival, King’s Head Theatre, Southbank Centre, Traumfrau), developed his first theatre show POST with Ovalhouse Theatre, Marlborough Theatre and BikeShed Theatre, and is currently developing a new piece with the Barbican. He has collaborated with and performed in shows by Needless Alley Collective, Rosana Cade, The Famous Lauren Barri-Holstein, Johanna Linsley, Tino Sighal, Richard DeDomenichiand Tim Etchells amongst others. Alongside his performance practice, and through his company Ideal Foreigner Productions, he currently produces the work of live artists jamie lewis hadley and Nicola Hunter, as well as CUT Festival. He also is the producer for performance and theatre company Chris Goode & Co. and runs Producer Gathering, a public-facing and not for profit network of producers in the UK, with independent producer and partner in crime, Sally Rose.
Previous producing experience include Forest Fringe, 2 Degrees Festival, Louise Orwin, Ellie Stamp, Laura Burns, CUT Festival, and choreographers Sivan Rubinstein (Israel) and Evangelia Kolyra (Greece), amongst others. Throughout his career, he has often worked with Latitude Festival, Tate Modern, Vogue Fabrics, Southbank Centre, Whitechapel Gallery, The Yard Theatre, CITEMOR (Portugal), Operastate Festival (Italy), Onassis Culture Centre (Athens), Kalamata Dance Festival (Greece), Old Vic Tunnels, Camden People’s Theatre and ]performance space[, amongst others.