The Sissy's Progress
Nando Messias

UK tour
November 2015 - March 2016

Dance Art Foundtion Associate Artist Nando Messias was beaten up on the street in an act of homophobic hatred. After years of dreaming up his response, he presents The Sissy’s Progress, a spectacle of provocation, celebration and hyperflamboyance.

Part dance-theatre, part walking performance, The Sissy’s Progress leads its audience out onto the streets with a live marching band playing original music composed by Jordan Hunt. The Sissy’s Progress confronts the harsh contradictions of gender and violence of city life, standing up for sissies everywhere.

‘Queer promenade brilliance’

Ben Walters,

‘A brave and brilliantly performed meditation on identity politics and the dynamics of power’
La JohnJoseph,

Upcoming tour dates and venues

Sat 20 February 2016: Margate
Tom Thumb Theatre
2 Eastern Esplanade
Margate CT9 2LB
7.30pm | £10
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Thurs 17 – Fri 18 March 2016: London
Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
London E1 6AB
Thurs 17 – 7.30pm
Fri 17 – 7pm & 8.45pm
£10/ £8 concessions
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Nando Messias' work straddles performance art, dance and theatre. Informed by queer ideology, his performances combine beautiful images with a fierce critique of gender, visibility and violence. He has performed at the V&A, Hayward Gallery, Tate Tanks, Gate Theatre, Toynbee Studios, Riverside Studios, Roundhouse, Royal Vauxhall Tavern and ICA, among other spaces in Britain. He has worked internationally in France, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Portugal, Brazil, Chile, the United States and Japan.

With Biño Sauitzvy, his long-term collaborator, Nando has developed critically acclaimed dance-theatre pieces (Grand Genet: Our Lady of the Flowers, Sissy! and OH!). Nando's solo work has been curated by the Live Art Development Agency as part of the programme Just Like a Woman (Ljubljana, New York and London). He has appeared numerous times at Duckie, having had a whole evening dedicated to his work in 2012. Nando performed in Bruce LaBruce's theatrical production, The Bad Breast. As well as a practitioner, Nando is a movement director, choreographer and an academic of queer theory and performance.

2015 tour venues

Fri 13 November 2015: Birmingham
Shout Festival
mac Birmingham
Cannon Hill Park 
Birmingham B12 9QH
8pm | £10/ £8 (concs)
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Sat 21 November 2015: Belfast
Outburst Festival
The Black Box
18-22 Hill Street
Belfast BT1 2LA
7pm | £7
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Sun 22 November 2015: Liverpool
Homotopia Festival
Queen Victoria Monument
Derby Square
Liverpool L1
3pm | Free
Further information

Fri 27 November 2015: Southend
University of Essex performance


Nando Messias is a Dance Art Foundation Associate Artist: Choreography. The Sissy’s Progress is produced by Dance Art Foundation, funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council England and developed with the generous support of Movingeast and Artsadmin. Projects Producer: Laura Sweeney. Photography: Lorendana Denicola.