FLESHLESS BEAST is a collaboration between classically trained dancer and choreographer RODERICK GEORGE and musician J'Kerian Morgan aka LOTIC.
The piece, executed by 6 dancers and Lotic performing live, takes influences from classical ballet as well as modern dance and seeks to deconstruct stereotypical understandings of race and globalization by exploring the restrictions of assigning certain dance genres to specific racial groups or cultures. The collaboration further investigates the potential of blurring boundaries between "high" and "popular" culture by setting classical and modern dance styles to Lotic’s metallic dancefloor blowouts in a kinetic, ever-evolving exchange.
Roderick George was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where he began his studies and classical training at Ben Stevenson’s Houston Ballet Academy. Roderick continued to develop his skill by exploring modern technique at The Alvin Ailey School, all the while developing a collaboration of the techniques at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX. After his general studies Roderick left his hometown and assimilated in New York City, where he began his undergraduate studies at SUNY Purchase College in 2003.
Before starting his professional career, he was a bronze winner of the Youth American Grand Prix competition in New York City in 2005 and was elected as a Presidential Scholar of the Arts in 2003, where he performed for the US President at the Kennedy Center. Roderick joined Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in 2005, which was very early on in his career engraving the beginning of his footprints in the dance world. Roderick explored more of New York as he danced with Sidra Bell Dance NY, and the Kevin Wynn Collection, until he decided to move abroad to Switzerland where Roderick joined the Basel Ballet/ Theater Basel in 2007 and later to guest with the Goteborg Operan DansKompani in 2012.
Beginning of February of 2014, Roderick moved on to be be under the direction of William Forsythe with The Forsythe Company in Frankfurt, Germany. His career has embraced the collaborations of his work and other great choreographers such as Marie Chouinard, Peeping Tom, Jorma Elo, Jacopo Godani, William Forsythe, Johan Inger, Jiří Kylian, Sharon Eyal, Ohan Naharin, Benoit Swan-Pouffer, Richard Wherlock, and many others.
Lotic is DJ and producer J’Kerian Morgan. Raised in Houston, Texas and now operating out of Berlin, Morgan is a resident at the city’s famed Janus parties and in recent years has evolved into one of the most original voices of Berlin's club life.
The 26-year-old released two EPs in 2013 – Sankofa / Glittering, and Fallout – both on Sci Fi & Fantasy, before following up with 2014's Damsel in Distress mixtape on Janus's own imprint.
Having featured on Björk’s recent sit-in for Rinse FM alongside a flurry of press attention, the stereotype-baiting producer’s first official outing, 2015’s Heterocetera EP on Tri Angle, is undeniably worthy of the hype. His Berlin-via-Houston sound is an apocalyptic mix of haunting synth melodies, destructive beats, and skewed experimental electronica. The continuation and further development of which could also be found on Agitations, a mixtape released on Janus the same year as Heterocetera.
2017 saw Lotic touring extensively including performances at several high profile festivals as well as club debuts in Asia and Australia harnessing abstract leanings through hybrid live/DJ sets of gut wrenching bass and lurching hip hop rhythms, occasional shards of contemporary R&B splintered with tactile hi-hats, consistently swirling crowds into an unabashed party vortex.
Lotic's debut album is due to be release summer 2018 via Tri Angle Records.
Territory: Europe → Simon Wojan
Available on request for festivals and special events in 2018