James Morgan is a queer performance artist and part-time dragon from Bridlington, East Yorkshire. His solo practice straddles the edges of theatrical forms, drawing from experiences in contemporary dance, theatre, drag and live art.
His current research project, ‘DRAG ON’, merges his fascinations with Fantasy (the genre) and drag culture to explore ideas around queer identity, monstrosity and posthumanism. In February he premiered a 50 minute theatre work as part of NOW 17 festival, The Yard Theatre, London. This was created with support from Arts Council England, The Yard, The Marlborough Theatre, Chisenhale Dance Space, and The Place.
He also regularly performs in cabaret contexts on stages such as Duckie (The RVT), The Marlborough Theatre (Brighton), Chelsea Theatre, Latitude Festival (Live Art Tent), TripSpace and The Shay Shay Show (Limewharf). He has organised several performance events, most recently: 'DRAG BEASTS', an evening of monstrous drag performances and films by Antonio de la Fe, Foxy and Husk and Eleanor Sikorski. And 'coz if your friends don't dance', a performance evening co-organised with Nina von der Werth at ASYLUM, 2nd March 2016.
His previous solo works have been performed at Rich Mix, The Place, The Old Market Theatre (Brighton), Fruit (Hull), and Seven Arts (Leeds). He also frequently collaborates with dance artist, Esther Manon Siddiquie (Germany) and fine artist, Alex Springer. In 2015 they were part of Choreodrome at The Place, creating the dance duet 'The Face to Face', which premiered in 2016.
He also works freelance as a dance artist, and has worked with choreographers such as Lola Maury, Eva Recacha, New Art Club, Janine Harrington and Seke Chimutengwende. For three years he was editor & a writer for 'Garble', the independent student magazine of LCDS. He also wrote for 'Resolution! Review 2013' at The Place.
"Morgan handled speech, poetry, mime, movement and both subtle and anarchic humour
without a flicker of inhibition... I was reminded of the late Nigel Charnock’s work
(most recently evoked by Wendy Houstoun), which is high praise."
Graham Watts (Resolution! Review 2015)