Oberon White is a queer, Welsh performance artist, sonic artist, musician and vocalist, as well as a cabaret performer and host. A feral child of different arts practices, they show work in venues and festivals for experimental performance and music in the UK and abroad and are a fixture of London’s underground queer performance scene.
Their most recent feature-length solo performance winegod was developed with the support of Arts Council England, Roundhouse and The Glory and has been presented to audiences across the UK.
Image Credits: Damien Frost, Claire Lawrie, Aristoteles Kara, Asher Fynn
White’s performances combine live electronic sound and virtuosic vocal technique. Their compositions fluctuate between dense ambient soundscapes, hypnotic improvisation and blistering distorted monologues. White is a scavenger of language, combining found texts with their original writing in a collage of spoken word and recorded sound. Classical and folk music are repurposed alongside percussive electronics drawn from alternative club culture in highly ritualised performances. Walking a tightrope between the serious and the absurd, their work evokes echoes from the worlds of ancient and lost histories, the natural world and queer culture, amongst a messy web of other sources.
As a performer and artistic collaborator White has worked with artists including Fauve Alice, David Rosenberg (Shunt) and has been an ongoing collaborator with acclaimed artist and showwoman Marisa Carnesky. White works as a freelance sound designer for performance, their sound design has been featured at festivals and venues including: SPILL, Roundhouse, The Pleasance, Ovalhouse and The Albany.
Oberon White was a founding member and Joint Artistic Director (With Gwen de Loon) of experimental performance art collective, Queens of the Underworld. White is a graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (2014) where they were awarded the Contemporary Vocal Prize. In 2014 they developed their debut feature-length solo show, I, Pierrot with the support of Roundhouse’s Resident Artist Scheme.
Selected Credits include: Corsica Studios, SPACE gallery, National Theatre River Stage, Roundhouse, Chelsea Theatre, Glastonbury Festival (Block9), The Cube, Camden People’s Theatre, The Marlborough, Latitude, Bestival, CircusFest, Carnesky Productions, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, Resistance Gallery, The Black Cap, Laban Centre, The Glory, VFD, LimeWharf, TUC Congress House, Deep Trash, Middlesex University, Central Saint Martins, The Yard and more.