Xavier de Sousa is an independent performance maker, curator and producer based between Brighton and Lisbon. His practice explores personal and political heritage within the context of discourse on belonging, nationalism and migration. Through theatrical and durational work, he explores the dichotomies between the live experience and agency in the performance space. He is currently developing a trilogy of works about belonging and power structures, kickstarted with his first theatre show, POST (touring). Xavier curates the queeringborders series of interviews and performingborders | Live as well as the New Queers on the Block UK Touring and Artist Development Programme. Previously, he has collaborated with Tim Etchels, Rosana Cade, and with institutions such as Latitude Festival, Tate Modern, Vogue Fabrics, Southbank Centre, The Yard Theatre, CITEMOR (Portugal), Operastate Festival (Italy), Onassis Culture Centre (Athens), Kalamata Dance Festival (Greece) amongst others.
Whilst in residence at Metal Xavier will further expand the form, methodologies and environment created in his show POST, creating a durational theatre play with the audience in an on-going dinner party setting. He proposes to dive into one of the most prominent and nuanced aspects of how we interact with each other within the context of migration and adaptation processes: power structures. This work will mark a new research and development phase for REGNANT, a durational play in five acts – History, Power Structures, Cultural Borders, Migration and The Future – composed live with guests and the audience.