Nando Messias' work straddles performance art, dance and theatre. His performances combine beautiful images with a fierce critique of gender, visibility and violence. He has performed at prestigious venues such as Hayward Gallery, V&A, Tate Tanks, Roundhouse, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Tate Britain and ICA, among other spaces across the UK. He has also worked extensively on the international circuit.
As well as a practitioner, Nando is movement director for Theo Adams Company and a para-academic of queer theory and performance. In May 2016, Theo Adams Company presented Safety Curtain as part of Channel 4’s Random Acts. Nando’s publications include ‘Sissy that Walk: The Sissy’s Progress’ in Queer Dramaturgies (Palgave Macmillan) and ‘visibility: Performance and Activism’ in Performing Interdiscisplinarity (Routledge).
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 (2013), New York and London (2015).
In 2015/16 Nando completed a national tour of The Sissy’s Progress to much acclaim and press interest, followed by a tour of Shoot the Sissy to prestigious LGBTQ festivals and venues across the UK in 2017. Death and the Sissy, the closing performance of his sissy series, was presented in 2017 in London.
Live Art Development Agency has recently announced Nando Messias as the recipient of 2019's Library of Performing Rights Commission
We are delighted to announce that the second recipient of the annual Library of Performing Rights commission is Nando Messias who will develop 'The Pink Supper', a performance project bringing together ambassadors from countries where homosexuality is still criminalised. 'The Pink Supper' responds to a global political climate of renewed religious and political intolerance and violence towards queer people.