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Making, unmaking, and breaking dance, identity, choreography, strategy
Queer means odd or strange, not normal. Queer is a term of political solidarity for all who are not heterosexual, monogamous, and gender obedient. Queer is intersectional and always complicated by race and ethnicity, class and culture. Queer is a political and aesthetic strategy of disruption and disobedience. Queer is an attitude towards the body, especially its sex and gender, and how that body is or is not compliant with supremacist norms and rules. Queer is shameless embodiment of abject, animal, monster, cyborg, feminist, or homosexual. Queer is an alchemical detournement of insult and slander, of violence and rejection. Queer embraces social disruption in favour of sexual liberation, and that includes in the theatre, as well as in the streets, the family, the school and beyond. When queer is dangerous it also transgresses ethnic, racial, and national borders. Queer performance is a utopian fantasia. It fails, but it fails fabulously.
We will dance, play, study, improvise and compose, make and break, alone and in collaboration. Sometimes we will work directly with gesture, action, movement and attitude. Other times we will work with dialogue, discourse, image, and intervention. This class will be an unstable experiment. The teacher is too old, cis male, and white to be an authority. We will work paradoxically to create a place of both safety and risk, solidarity and debate, multiplicity and generosity.
ArtistBio: Keith Hennessy