GIVE OR TAKE is an interactive live-art performance that combines physical-theatre and live electronic music, exploring gift-giving as an act of celebration, alongside unpacking moments when ‘gifts’ are employed as a contract and a transaction. Remember, nothing ever comes for free.

GIVE OR TAKE celebrates the rich history of Tatar diaspora with a focus on resistance and community, while offering a queer critique of oppressive and imperialist bargains.

The piece is devised and performed by Emilia Nurmukhamet and Dear Annie from Bold Mellon Collective and co-directed by Theodor Spiridon from TAKDAJA.

GIVE OR TAKE has been previously scratched at The Pen Theatre, VSSL and The Glitch, before being commissioned by Certain Blacks to be performed as a part of the Ensemble Festival 2023 (Royal Docks) and now re-developed further for Soul on Ice 2024 following a creative residency at Ugly Duck.

This performance will be BSL interpreted.


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