PORTRAIT: YOUNG BOY DANCING GROUP

Sculpting Sensuality
 Performance with Nadja Voorham, Alexis Martinez, Maria Metsalu, Nicolas Roses, Manuel Scheiwiller, Ofelia Jarl Ortega, Jorge Benavides, and Vincent Riebeek, at Yvonne Lambert, Berlin, 2017

Ever since bursting onto the scene in 2014, Young Boy Dancing Group has weaved in and out of movement, video, photography, fashion, and sculpture. But the group remains best known for its bacchanalian live shows with partly-improvised choreography, upending expectations along the way.

“‘Do they actually have candles inside their butt? lmao’ comments flyin fetus on a YouTube video of Young Boy Dancing Group (YBDG) performing at Tallinn Art Hall in 2018. YBDG’s unhinged routines are typically punctuated by candles, lasers, anuses, club kid characters in post-apocalyptic garb, and a sonic backdrop of pounding techno edits. Since making their debut as a performance group at Paris’s Club Silencio in 2014, eccentric tactics earning early viral fame have matured into immersive studies in physical intensity, sensuality, and extreme absurdity. It’s taken them around the world, performing in museums, swimming pools, and scrap yards, all while affirming a radical alternative to the institutionalised model of professional dance companies.”

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