SALVATION: SHAMANIC STRIPTEASE 

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'Cunningham offers his whole self to you: voice, body, and as he chants incantations to you, soul. Poetry, drama intertwined with lap dance, Salvation offers it all. A lullaby on fast forward, Salvation drives you headfirst into catharsis, and in doing so borders on the remarkable. It’s powerful stuff' A Younger Theatre

Salvation Shamanic Striptease is live-art, process-based queer-punk performance. It is for art venues, community centres, universities, temples and found spaces. 

The work invites the audience to participate in a transformational rite, a healing ritual initiated by Daniel that extends to spectators via Ceremonial frameworks

Full presentations have so far been hosted by Battersea Art Centre, 31 December 2016 - 11-13 April 2017.  Rich Mix, 21 January 2017, The Fly Pit, 10 January 2017, and at institutions such as Rose Bruford school of Theatre and Performance London,19 April 2017,  and  at Maynooth University Dublin  where contextual lecture, Q&A and workshops were apart of the package, . 

Shorter extracts of the piece have been seen at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 7 February (Barwotever) & 20 May 2017( Duckie).

History 

Salvation is our first presentation in our new and developing aesthetic-ecstatic practice that we call ‘shamanic striptease.’ Here, shamanic is used as a term to inspire and conjure into our contemporary Western European practice the transformational power observed in extant traditions elsewhere — specifically those which Mark has  experienced in Kerala (South India) and inside Māori cultural contexts.The imaginative leap that shamanic striptease explores is that erotic dance can be utilised as an expression of existential longing for liberation through (but not necessarily from) the coordinates of our sexual, gendered, ethnic identities. In Salvation, Daniel uses native and immigrant movement vocabularies from his homeland of Kwa Zulu Natal (South Africa) to exorcise tensions he carries from his personal and family histories. On a socio-political level the performance processes the momentous legacies present in Daniel from the conflict ridden apartheid order into which he was born and the subsequent inclusive and reconciliatory ‘Rainbow Nation’ formed under Mandela’s presidency. These cultural currents cohabit Daniel’s white-African body. 

‘Imagine a strip club where the dancer is a hot priest. Come and taste the possibility of liberation through sweat, song and fake money!’ 

ON A MISSION TO HEAL LONDON, ONE LAPDANCE AT A TIME. 'SALVATION: SHAMANIC STRIPTEASE' IS A TRANSFORMATIONAL HEALING PROCESS FOR ARTIST DANIEL P CUNNINGHAM WHICH EXTENDS TO AUDIENCES VIA CEREMONIAL FRAMEWORKS. A MAN OF MILK AND HONEY, FROM KWA-ZULU NATAL IN SOUTH AFRICA, DANIEL DREAMT IN BLACK AND WHITE BUT NOW BLEEDS RAINBOW. TASTING HIS PAST CONFRONT YOUR PRESENT. SSS EXPOSES DANIEL'S BODY, VOICE AND MEMORIES. IT USES 'BLACK' AND 'WHITE' MOVEMENT VOCABULARIES TO INTERROGATE HIS WHITE AFRICAN IDENTITY. SHAMANIC STRIPTEASE EXPLORES SEXUAL DESIRE AS A CONDUCTOR OF SPiRITUAL LONGING. IT MINGLES LAP-DANCING WITH INCANTATIONS EVOKING ETHNIC, CULTURAL AND SEXUAL LIBERATION.

 SUPPORTED BY THE BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE

SUPPORTED BY THE BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE

What They Say!

'His fluid movements between characters, intense eruption of emotion, play with seduction and subtle sense of humour are exquisite. To say that he is “a competent performer” would be an understatement. Truly moving!'-DENIZ SOEZEN

'I closed my eyes and transferred my burden and for some reason I couldn't keep the tears back; tears of healing.'- ANTIGONI SPANOU

'Completely blown away by Shamanic Striptease at the BAC tonight. The power and energy of Daniel's performance is striking. The word that keeps coming back to me was poetic. The flow of the performance but also the flow of Daniel's movement is like poetry.' SARAH VERO