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BlackOut UK, the community-owned media platform by and for Black queer men, invites you to join us for the inaugural Berto Pasuka Lecture, Fri 15th Feb 2019 at the National Portrait Gallery.
The lecture, given by singer/songwriter, and art historian, David McAlmont, is the centrepiece of a BlackOut UK ‘takeover’ of the National Portrait Gallery that will include classical and contemporary music and dance performances and will give you a chance to meet us, and to hear more about BlackOut and its new arts prize.
All events are free, no booking required
Looking for Trans History at the V&A
Seminar Room 3 (Henry Cole Wing)
12:00 – 12:45
Dr Kit Heyam, researcher on a new collaborative project at the Universities of Plymouth and Lund, will share their stories of looking for trans history in the V&A’s early modern objects. From poisonous cups to sixteenth-century lift-the-flap books, these aren’t your usual LGBT histories – but they’ll open your eyes to the historical trans possibilities that might be hiding in plain sight.
Shut that door! Camp in British light entertainment and gay liberation
Seminar Room 3 (Henry Cole Wing)
13:00 – 13:45
Performers like Danny la Rue, Kenneth Williams and Larry Grayson became household names in the 1960’s and 1970’s, however this public adoration often did not extend to LGBTQ activists. Looking at objects from the museums Theatre and Performance collection, Alice Power (Assistant Curator and V&A LGBTQ working group co-chair) will explore the relationship between camp in the theatre, TV, and radio, and the LGBTQ equality movement.
Nightlife and Queer Utopias
Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
14:00 – 16:00
The LGBTQ dancefloor has long been celebrated as a utopian space to express identities and desires. But London’s club scene has undergone a worrying transformation in recent years, with over 50% of venues closing. While the Mayor of London has pledged to safeguard LGBTQ club culture, is enough being done to defend – and revive – the dancefloor? Join our panel as they discuss why nightlife matters and what more needs to be done to reinvent the scene in London and beyond for everyone on the LGBTQ spectrum.
Professor Ben Campkin, Professor of History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism, UCL.
Fenella Hitchcock, Associate Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies, London College of Fashion.
Professor Ramón H. Rivera-Servera, Chair, Department of Performance Studies, Northwestern University.
Dr Sabine Sörgel, Senior Lecturer in Dance and Theatre, University of Surrey; Events Secretary, Society for Dance Research.
BSL interpretation will be provided at the panel event, organised in partnership with the Society for Dance Research and the British Academy. Doors to the Lecture Theatre will open at 13.30 and entrance is on a first come first served basis.
LGBTQ Gallery Tour
Meeting Point, Grand Entrance
16:00 – 17:00
Conclude your day by joining our monthly gallery tour, which explores gender and sexual identities through a selection of LGBTQ-related objects in the V&A’s rich collections.
Tough girls and pretty boys living life in the margins, dreaming about being at the centre. Velvet Petal explores the transformative power of beauty, created out of whatever is on the bedroom floor. The dancers experiment, seduce and philosophise through their bodies, clothing and ideas. This fresh work from choreographer, Fleur Darkin (Bristol Old Vic, Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Opera House) was created during Fleur’s fantastic six years as Scottish Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director.
Velvet Petal has grown into one of the company’s most iconic pieces, a clear audience favourite at home and on the road. Inspired by the life-cycle of the monarch butterfly and Robert Mapplethorpe’s Polaroids, Velvet Petal is set to a fresh dance-punk score arranged by Torben Lars Sylvest including music by LCD Soundsystem, Spoek Mathambo, and Four Tet.
(Ages 16+, some nudity and adult themes)
Fusing dance, storytelling and audiovisual projections, Mother The Verb is a performance with an air of ritual enacted from queer, trans and indigenous/of colour perspectives. Exploring motherhood and its redemptive potential through a tender, physical language, this piece is a bold and complex study of the toxic effects produced by colonialism and ecological violence on human and planetary relations.
“Because our nursing infants are at the top of the food chain, they inherit a body burden of industrial contaminants from our blood by way of our milk; thus are we part of the landfill, colonized.”
– Katsi Cook, Mohawk Native American Scholar and Midwife
Ivan “Ivy” Monteiro (Brasil) is a performance artist working across dance, music and visual arts. Their work contests gender, social and racial expectations through processes of (dis)identification and draws from ancestral and spiritual knowledges to enact futuristic scenes of redemption, reparation and healing. Ivan also goes by the name “Tropikahl Pussy”, producing “draglesque” and live music performances.
Javier Stell-Frésquez (Piru & Tigua Native American from El Paso, Texas) is a performance artist and choreographer working with a variety of dance forms including ballroom voguing. She produces Two-Spirit performance festivals and community events in SF Bay Area and holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Stanford University. Javier also facilitates discussions and workshops on decolonial equity frameworks and Indigenous Land Acknowledgments.
Mother The Verb is part of EcoFutures festival (4-19 April 2019), organized by CUNTemporary / Arts Feminism Queer. More info on www.cuntemporary.org
The artists will conduct a workshop at Chisenhale Dance Space on Sunday 7 April 1-5pm. More information available on the website.
Mother The Verb premiered in San Francisco as part of Counterpulse Artist Residency Commissioning Program.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Ivan Monteiro’s travel has been supported by STEP travel grant (European Cultural Foundation & Compagnia di San Paolo).
We would like to thank Chisenhale Dance Space for their in-kind support.
Mother the Verb: https://www.facebook.com/MotherTheVerb
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/306877713358241/
IG: @hellatropikahl and @jfresquez
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