With the current corona-regulations and the cancellation of major street parades, the usual Pride celebrations will be very different from previous years. Furthermore, COVID-19 and current political tensions around the globe have massively affected the LGBTQI+ community. For this reason, it is now more important than ever to strengthen our bonds as a community in a more political way, even if only online. What are the challenges and opportunities that come with this shift? How can the community be involved?
Being visible and connecting to the members of our community is now more important than ever. This Saturday (June 27th), five internal queer collectives join forces for an exclusive online pride event. Indulge yourself in cam2cam interaction, kinky performances and 8 hours of DJ sets.
For this feature, we took inspiration from progress rainbow flags. As way of celebrating different queer elements, we asked about what different colour represents. Each performer was asked to select one colour and give us a statement about its respective meaning.
Pride 2020 will be like no other year. Let’s make it as colourful as possible!
D’Avilla is a showman, producer and creative director of several queer projects in São Paulo. Head of FANJO together with Thiago Roberto, the company is focused on innovative art, ranging from events, to video clips, movies and festivals. His research as an artist aims to create spaces and pieces that anyone can relate to, using the body and the desire as main support of his work.
Anna Operman is a political body. Her performances are conceived by the act of existing, resisting and confronting society. In this edition, she will present an act called “Deus é Travesti” showing a concept about “Travesti”, a unique Latin gender identity.
Is SletLana keeping the legacy of Pier Paolo Pasolini alive? «Salo -120 days of Sodom» — was not just a film for her, but a way to relate to the world through a politicised grotesqueness. She might not be to everyone’s taste but this post-human, acid pig is going to eat your pickles instead of you eating her nipples.
“Femininity and masculinity are just social constructs. I feel like femininity could be used to describe people in a wide range of forms. I hate when people use it in a derogatory way as if someone is “too feminine”, for example. As if there is some sort of a hierarchy that if you’re “feminine” you’re weak.”
Topanga is a queer multi-skilled performance artist, with a penchant for the dramatic and powerful stage presence. The original Glamazon Extraordinaire, Topanga has been active in the London circuit since 2011 guided and inspired by the Fetish, LGBTQIA+ and Alternative communities. A bona fide artist who will intrigue and tease the crowd, always leaving them wanting more and questioning their life choices.
“Every time I perform, I want
people to feel like they can be as sexual and free as they want.”
Puta is a Chilean dance performer, sex worker and an activist for sexual liberation.
Through dancing in heels, they can show their sensuality and passion for dance on. Playing and embracing their femininity helps them to break down stereotypical views on toxic masculinity.
“Sex to me means freedom. A beautiful way to understand us as humans, connecting through body contact and getting lost in the moment. It means getting to know ourselves as individuals and exploring what we feel comfortable with whether that’s alone or with someone else. We break down walls and fears once our mind is open to accept sex as a fun and healthy way of expression.”
Tomer Versace is PAG TLV’s lead performer, drag queen, and key Tel Aviv nightlife figure. Alongside professional dancers, fellow drag queens, actors, club kids, clowns and others, Tomer stages a variety of multidisciplinary numbers.
Kyle Patrick started his dance career at the Motiance Dance School in his homeland Sint Maarten. He graduated from Codarts University in Rotterdam in 2011, then became an integral member of the Nanine Linning Dance Company and has been working as a freelance dancer & choreographer in Berlin since 2016.
“Healing is after wholeheartedly accepting what causes us pain in our lives, that we can truly acknowledge how much space is being occupied by suffering.”
Dudx is how Eduardo Araújo is known since he started to experiment with performance in 2013, after establishing himself in the advertising industry. Starting as a Drag Queen and going beyond the concept of gender he also incorporated other concepts from theater and dance, such as Butoh and circus elements. This helped him to place himself as a body that acts and exists.
Vlad is a makeup and visual artist, dancer, designer and LGBTQI activist. Panda is a model, designer, painter and HIV activist. Together, they create a brand of clothing for parties and sex to give people an opportunity to feel body freedom, sexuality and spirit. With each new performance, they show people the meaning of accepting themselves while entertaining them as much as possible.
“The inner strength and core that form a person’s personality are called spirit. This element determines the possibility of a full life without restrictions, in full acceptance and freedom.“
To check the performances, don’t miss the virtual event “DigitalPRIDE: Pornceptual X Verboten X PAG X Popoff K. X Dando” this Saturday (27th of June 2020)