Goner mournfully and violently confronts the sinister themes within marginalisation... Sharpe uses horror to their advantage, mutating, embodying and destroying forms that deviate from the norm, implying how an identity ruptures beneath the load of racism... Goner possesses defiance and grief in equal parts.

Springback Magazine

The Goner is someone who is doomed with no chance of survival—bound to death, a lost and hopeless case.

This work follows this figure on a sensuous, suspense-filled and fearsome choreographic journey into the psychological depths of the Goner’s horror. Lightly touching on the topics of abuse, Caribbean migration, alienation, belonging, addiction, and violence, Goner is utilising the formal tools of solo authorship and the aesthetics of horror to create radical visual culture from the marginalised perspective, and to tease out and establish a Black tradition of horror for the live context. How do we look at culturally specific narratives against a backdrop of thrilling, bloody, and psychological horror?

Who knows...

but there will be blood.


Malik Nashad Sharpe is an artist working with choreography. Creating primarily underneath the alias MARIKISCRYCRYCRY, he creates performances that are formally engaged with the construction of atmosphere, affect, and dramaturgy.

His works have been presented internationally and across contexts including MDT (SK), Battersea Arts Centre (UK), ICA (UK), Gessnerallee (CH), The Yard (UK), Betty Nansen (DK), The Place (UK), Schauspielhaus (AT), Kampnagel (DE), Dansehallerne (DK), MAI (CA), Theatre La Chapelle (CA), Rich Mix (UK), Tramway (UK), Theatre in the Mill (UK), Nottingham Contemporary (UK), Quarterhouse Folkestone (UK), Beursshcouwburg (BE), Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts (UK), Cambridge Junction (UK), EWerk (DE), Inkonst (SK), Centre for Human Rights in the Arts (USA), CCA Glasgow (UK), amongst others. His latest work High Bed Lower Castle premiered at FTA (CA) in May 2022 to critical acclaim. As a movement director, he has worked on the creative teams of Fairview (Young Vic), The Glow (Royal Court), Two-Character Play (Hampstead Theatre), Effigies of Wickedness (Gate/English National Opera), Scandaltown (Lyric Hammersmith), and Closer (Lyric Hammersmith), The Living Newspaper #3 (Royal Court), Henry V (Shakespeare’s Globe), Bootycandy (Gate Theatre), Transphoria (ICA), amongst others and he has held artistic residencies at Sadlers Wells (UK), Barbican Open Labs (UK), Primary (UK), CCN Caen (FR), MDT (SK), and the Performance Situation Room (EU).

He has performed and modelled for Telfar SS18 (UK), Charles Jeffrey at LFW20 (UK), Vivienne Westwood at PFW AW 21-22 (FR), and has been featured in publications including British Vogue, American Vogue, Vogue Polska, Dazed, Dazed Beauty, Crack Magazine, Howlround Theatre Commons, i-D, Nowness, Love Magazine, Bricks, amongst others. He was named by Attitude Magazine as a Rising Star in Dance in 2019, and on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List for his leading contribution to the arts and culture in Europe.

He graduated with a BA in Dance (Highest Honours) from Williams College in 2014, and holds a Diploma in Contemporary Dance from Trinity Laban where he won the Simone Michelle Award for Outstanding Choreography. He is currently an Associate Artist at The Place, and a studio resident of Somerset House Studios. He is currently a guest professor in dance performance at the Stockholm University of the Arts in Stockholm, SK. He lives in London, UK.


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Choreography: Malik Nashad Sharpe
Musical Direction: Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura
Set Design: Felix Villiers
Lighting Design: Barnaby Booth
Costume Design: Erik Annerborn
Dramaturg: Jay Miller
Production Manager: James Dawson
Assistant Production Manager: Han Sayles
Associate Production Manager: Froud (MAYFEST ONLY)
Project Producer: Michael Kitchin
Strategic Producers: The Uncultured
Marketing: Secoura Grim
PR: Binita Walia
Music Composition and Sound Design: Luke Blair
Rehearsal Direction: Blue Makwana
Hair: ManWigs
Featuring music by Arif Cooper (R.I.P.), De Schuurman, Poundshoppe, and Don Sinini
Voiceover: OBOBOB
Text Consultancy: Travis Alabanza
Promotional Images: Ralf Hersborg
Promotional Styling: HASZNAT*
Trailer/Short Film: Sinisa
Trailer/Image Movement Direction: Ethan Samuel Jacobs
Trailer Talent: Isabelle Gzowski, Gabriel Chen, Chloe Filani, Iman Villaruel, Shemi Cudjoe
Trailer Sound: ‘Body of Carbon’ by Croation Amor and Varg2TM courtesy of Posh Isolation

Co-commissioned by The Yard Theatre (UK), Dansehallerne (DK), MDT (SK), Cambridge Junction (UK) with support from Stobbs New Ideas Fund. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Additional Support by Fest en Fest (UK), The Place (UK), Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s Creative Exchange Lab with lead support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (USA), Toronto Community Love-in (CA), My Wild Flag (SK), Sadler’s Wells (UK), Watermans Arts Centre (UK), Caldera Arts Centre (USA), New Expressive Works (USA) and Live Art Development Agency (UK).


Goner will be BSL interpreted and have Audio Description available. BSL interpretation will be done by Ali Gordon.