Lieselot Siddiki & Nona Demey Gallagher
Nona Demey Gallagher & Lieselot Siddiki got to know each other within the interdisciplinary collective ZUIDPARK where they collaborated on the performanceThe Importance of Being Flemish (2020). After a second collaboration for Nachtzwemmen (2021) by Lieselot Siddiki & Jarne Van Loon, they are directing together for the first time duringUp Your ASS. In the process, they take on the aesthetics of the 1960s while pushing the boundaries of good taste and morals.
Nona Demey Gallagher (she/her, 1995) is theatre-maker, director and performer. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Drama from KASK in Ghent. Together with Mats Vandroogenbroeck and Timo Sterckx, she founded the theatre collective Krapp. In her work, Nona aims to peddle female stories that question and subject the androcentric worldview. Krapp’s performances Through The Looking-Glass (winner Theater Aan Zee Theatre Writing Prize 2019), Weird TalesenDe Duivels/Les Diables (2022) are another product of this.
Besides theatre, Nona studied Flemish Sign Language at Doof Vlaanderen for three years. She created together with Imke Mol E R O T I C A, a performance in which she transposes erotic poetry by female authors into Flemish Sign Language.Nona collaborated during several productions with Ontroerend Goed, VIERNULVIER, KOPERGIETERY and Beeldsmederij De Maan, DE Studio and CAMPO . She is also co-founder of the activist artists’ collective ZUIDPARK and is involved as a member of VIERNULVIER’s Young Panel.
Lieselot Siddiki (she/her, 1994)is a jack-of-all-trades who combines several disciplines in her art practice. After studying fashion and autonomous design, she is doing a master’s degree in drama at KASK Ghent. Active as a theatre-maker, performer and costume designer, she strives for a form of total theatre that is less an intellectual than a spiritual-bodily function, intuitive – not cerebral.Her unbridled urge for form expresses itself in worlds in which music, sound, costume, figure and scenography are equally valid pillars. In 2021, in collaboration with Jarne van Loon, she created the graduation performance Nachtzwemmen at VIERNULVIER. With new collective Klub Kilim, she won the Eigen Kweek prize and together with Alican Unal and Joeri Happel De Abrikozenboom/Kayısı Ağacı, a visual performance in a cardboard landscape in the tradition of Ali Khan’s Turkish grandfather’s storytelling. As a player, Lieselot made her debut in Camping Sunset’s megalomaniacal Ten Oorlog She stars in Jonas Baeke’s existentialPinokkio(2022-2024) and does regular substitutions in WOLF WOLF’s Voorjaarsontwaken (2022-2024). In 2023 and 2024, she will be on stage at What The Butler Saw by Tom Goossens. In addition, Lieselot can be seen in television programmes: Season of Sex (2022), Splinter (2023), Fuck you very very much (2023) and the movie Wij (2018) by René Eller.