http://www.ps122.org/ruff/ A few weeks ago we sat down with Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver to chat about about their upcoming show Ruff. Peggy Shaw has always had a host of crooners, lounge singers, movie stars, rock and roll bands, and eccentric family members living inside her. Ruff is a tribute to those who have kept […]
Dani Ploeger is an artist and theorist, currently living and working in Berlin and London. Heralded in the press as the ‘Jimi Hendrix of the sphincter’, Dani’s performance installations often involve cheap readily available medical technologies and explore themes around the technologized body, sexuality and vanity.
“From Bogeyman to Bison: a herd-like amnesia of HIV/AIDS in theatre?”
Queer theorists from across a broad range of disciplines argue that we are in a “normalizing” or “homonormative” period, in which marginalized subjectivities strive to align themselves with hegemonic norms. In terms of LGBTQ rights and representation, it can be argued that this has resulted in an increased visibility of “desirable” gays (monogamous – ideally civil-partnered, white, financially-independent, able-bodied) and the decreased visibility of “undesirable” gays (the sick, the poor, the non-white, the non gender-conforming). Focusing specifically on the effects of this hierarchy on the contemporary theatrical representation of gay HIV/AIDS subjectivities, this article looks at two performances, Reza Abdoh’s Bogeyman (1991) and Lachlan Philpott’s Bison (2009/10). The essay argues that HIV/AIDS performance is as urgently necessary today as in the early 1990s, and that a queer dramaturgy, unafraid to resist the lure of normativity or the ‘gaystreaming’ of LGBT representation, is a vital intervention strategy in contemporary (LGBT) theatre.
Grid_lab @ EXTRA 11 Festival: Interview with Steven Cohen about his new piece The Cradle of Humankind