HAUS OF SEQUANA

June 12, 2014
HAUS OF SEQUANA

Have you ever been shown the gateway to wild joy and togetherness? Haus of Sequana, an all-female tribe from in and around London’s Deptford, have spent the last few years giving festival-goers, clubbers and art aficionados a glimpse – hypnotising them with multi-sensory ceremonial performances and processions at events up and down the country.

With a glistening blur of half-naked bodies, carnival clowns, and embellished fetish masks, the group aims to demonstrate the possibility of a temporary escape from the shackles of gender identity, social conformity and the daily grind through powerful performance pieces – the perfect fit for our monthly collective theme Magic Realism

HAUS OF SEQUANA
Photo by Anthony Lawcett

After seeing the fascinating, at times unsettling, theatre for ourselves at a number of The Late Night Shop Cabaret events around east London, we couldn’t resist a quick catch up with the group as they gear up for another summer of body painting, marching and chanting at some of the country’s best festivals, club nights and art events.

UO: How did Haus of Sequana first come about?

HOS: Sequana was first spawned when we – a close group of friends all engaged in creative counter-culture – wanted to find a way to translate the liberating ideologies of our community into powerful performance pieces (as well as, obviously, finding a way to go on wild rampages in the name of art!).

HAUS OF SEQUANA
Photo by Anthony Lawcett

UO: Who’s the tribe made up of?

HOS: Beginning with just four members, the tribe has been expanding ever since as we cross paths with amazing new people who feel an affinity with what we’re doing and bring something new to the performance.

HAUS OF SEQUANA
Photo by Carmen Viñuela

UO: Where do you guys source your costumes from? Or do you make them yourselves?

HOS: The costumes were always a huge part of it – we’ve all contributed towards the costume-making at different times and to different degrees, but are lucky enough to have several extremely driven and talented costume designers amongst us who make the majority of the magic happen.

HAUS OF SEQUANA
Photo by Ana Barriera for The Taxi Cabaret. Art direction by Holly Jade O’Leary.

UO: Have you got a busy summer lined up?

HOS: This summer you can find us at Nozstock, Secret Garden party and Boomtown festivals.

HAUS OF SEQUANA
Photo by Oliver Rudkin