WEDNESDAY 20 March 2024 – ‘OVERSPILL: PRESENCES, PROCESSES, PERSPECTIVES’ – In conversation with performance artist Nando Messias

All are warmly invited to this in conversation with Nando Messias. This event is part of the research seminar series Overspill: Presences, Processes & Perspectives hosted at Sheffield Hallam University by Dr Sophie Swoffer (Lecturer in Performance).


Nando Messias’ work straddles performance art, dance and theatre. Their performances combine beautiful images with a fierce critique of gender, visibility and violence. Nando has performed at prestigious venues such as the Royal Court, The Gate, Hayward Gallery, V&A, Tate Britain, Roundhouse, Royal Vauxhall Tavern and ICA, among other spaces across the UK and internationally.

As well as a practitioner, Nando is movement director and a researcher of queer theory and performance. Nando’s publications include ‘Sissy that Walk: The Sissy’s Progress’ in Queer Dramaturgies (2016), ‘visibility: Performance and Activism’ in Performing Interdiscisplinarity (2017), and TransMission: Sissy TV (2023).

Nando’s solo work has been curated by the Live Art Development Agency as part of the programme ‘Just Like a Woman,’ shown in the City of Women Festival in Ljubljana (2013), New York and London (2015). They were the recipient of 2019 Library of Performing Rights Commission for which they developed The Pink Supper.

Tickets and how to attend

This is a hybrid event however ticket booking is essential to confirm your spot and to avoid disappointment.

To attend in person book via this link, to attend online book via this link to receive the Zoom details.


About Overspill

Overspill is a series of in conversation events with interdisciplinary artists working within the creative arts industry. This research series focuses on celebrating the practice of artists who are making important work that also pushes against and explodes beyond the understood boundaries of creative work. Presence and agency will be considered as central themes throughout Overspill and how the artist might use their practice to respond to and/or challenge ideas around self and identity. Moreover, these events will celebrate the work of artists that might be considered marginalised and indeed works to celebrate diversity, equality, and inclusion in the arts.

These in conversation events will celebrate the work of artists working within, across, between and beyond the boundaries of artistic disciplines. Focusing on uncovering the many practices, processes and perspectives that the artist or maker might engage in when making creative practice, this series will also consider post pandemic contexts and what shifts in processes and new knowledges this might have uncovered for the creative maker. Moreover, Overspill also welcomes practice-based sharings in any format.