Often, when I’m out and about, I tell people I’m a performance artist, and struggle with the inevitable “oh, what kind?” or “and where do you do that?” that follows. Because, quantitatively, I work part time in an office, (21 hours per week, sometimes like three inconvenient days) I study part time ( 6 contact hours or less per week, and half again in class prep), and perform maybe 3-4 times a year (30 mins, annually). And this identification with a goal (performing artist) has been with me for quite a long time, but it’s been so personalised, and so close to the heart / bone, that I’ve found it very easy to shelve future plans or consider a realistic strategy while I concentrate on other apparently external projects (maintain the desk job -indeed, improve!, undertake a vocational MA (information management)).
I recently had cause to write little one liner bios for these various characters / persona / selves for the Imperfect Match fundraiser for Tutu Queer Space, and do you know, a little time spent defining and indexing can really have miraculous results. I can practically feel the clarity.
Sister Muscle Mary: Faggy Nun struggling with (against?) tensions between repressive monotheistic religions and the sequins and glitter of the gay scene. Often caught straddling the public private divide. Proud masculine aspirations, but not very strong, or toned for that matter.
Sister Mary Clancy of the Overflow: Soft Ungainly feminine character exploring self expression on stage.
Fagulous / Alice Cooper: Faggy thigh-sexual swaggering demeanour. Super-camp.
Gaylourdes: A queer voice, potentially works better on paper than in performance. More manifestation of queer desire than a stand-alone character identity.
It’s a little easier now, to get back to this blog. Over the coming months, I’ll be refining this site to be more representative of performances that I do, and include some documentation, and advance notice of shows etc. Big shoutout to S for suggesting this strategy in the first place. You could say i’ve got my hands on the wheel.
Tutu Community Queer Space
Price: $8 or $10 solidarity price.
Start Time: Friday, 28 August 2009 at 8:00pm
Location: The Red Rattler
Street: 6 Faversham st
Town/City: Marrickville, Australia
Leave your name at the door for the chance to date one of the three ‘creme de la cremes’ of the Perfect Match scene:
SISTER MUSCLE MARY is a Faggy Nun struggling with tension between repressive monotheistic religions and the sequins and glitter of the gayscene. Often caught stradding the public private divide. Proud masculine aspirations, but not very strong, or toned for that matter.
FISTY SCENT is interchangeable she can be masculine he can be feminine. either way she’ll do whatever you want. he won’t ever say no. she wants to get a house and settle down if that’s what you want. or he wants to travel the world - isn’t that your dream? really he’s plasticine and moulds to what you want. chicken for dinner? no sweat! he’ll get baking. wanna go for a vegan dumpster dive - she doesn’t even need gloves! what movie does she
want to see? you’ll never know. what do you want to see?
and…? well stay tuned and after the add break we’ll introduce the Mystery Dreamboat…
Hosted by Regrette.
We will also get the answer to this plaguing question: Will Dexter the robot find their perfect match? Or will negative compatibility result in a dance war?…
There will also be Platonic Life Partner Commitment Ceremonies and a Feel The Burn Rejection Booth plus other installations.
DJ’s Huck Spin, Fisty Cuffs, Pony, and Okapi doing call outs and playing love and ‘I don’t need you babe’ song dedications.
This is a fundraiser for the Tutu Community Queer Space at 22 Enmore Rd. Tutu aims to strengthen and politicise the community through events and discussions happening within the space.
This night, as well as the Tutu space, is open to all queer friendly people.
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