There's a chance you have seen Faye Hamlin perform before, but it's not too likely you'll connect the dots as to where. As one of the original members of the all-girl Swedish pop band Play, the songstress hit the road touring at age 12, opening for the likes of Destiny's Child and Aaron Carter. 13 years later, she's resurfaced on the music scene as a solo act, singer and songwriter Faye.
We all sat there dripping sweat in the hammam, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder and basically naked. No one could figure out how to properly put on the loincloths Rick Owens and his wife Michelle Lamy had made for the project. After 20 minutes of sitting in darkness and listening to a pulsating drone in the steamy room, we watched two female performers move in tandem, completing a few short, simple movements choreographed by "art shaman" Matthew Stone and London-based artist Phoebe Collings-James, whose provocative work largely explores violence, sexuality, and desire.
British singer-songwriter Neon Hitch's life has been about as normal as her name would suggest. "The day I was born, my house burnt down; the day I left home, the Twin Towers burnt down; and I lived in a jungle in India at 15," she says. "I have done my fair share of traveling, that's for sure."