in association with Arts Centre Melbourne
15 October 2019
The Famous Spiegeltent, Arts Centre Melbourne
to 20 October
|"Gender Eurphoria" Mama Alto. Photo by Alexis Desaulniers-Lea|
That's Mama Alto's advice. She gives damn good advice.
When dealing with a robo call during an election, there wasn't an answer that was right for her. When only only option is "1" or "2", press 6. Binaries only exist in computing.
Welcome to Gender Euphoria. It's a state of mind, a way of being. It's the world we're creating. It's an end to gender dysphoria and a celebration of hope and life.
It's a fuck off to the hate created by fear and to the fear created by hate. It's an end to the ignorance and stupidity that create shame. It's an end to invisibility, hiding and the idea that discomfort is the fault of the uncomfortable person.
It's heartbreak and anger and the relief of over overcoming them.
It's song, burlesque, poetry, comedy, witchcraft, dance, sequins, pride, pride flags, ruffles, flying, supporting, well-cut suits, music and unmitigated joy that shifts the weight of shame.
It's Nevo Zisan's gender whispering to children that they are loved and infecting people with empathy.
Co-created by Mama Alto and director Maude Davey, it was first seen at this year's Midsumma festival, and was, at the time, the largest cast of Trans and gender-diverse performers seen in Australia. This time, the cast is bigger
Along with Mama and Nevo, there's Amao Leota Lu, Miss Bailee Rose, Fury, Harvey Zeilinski, Mahla Bird, Mx Munro, Ned Dixon, Quinn Eades and new special guests Crystal Love, Nikki Viveca and Krishna Istha. And musical director Ned Dixon and bass player Cerise Howard. And Auslan interpreters Mac Gordon and Kirri Dangerfield. And everyone working backstage and in the background.
Embargos mean that its next performances can't be talked about yet, but there are more performances. And I hope that it keeps getting seen at festivals all over the world until audiences wonder why Trans and gender-diverse performers are in a show of their own.
Alexis Desaulniers-Lea is the Gender Euphoria photographer. Photos help people be seen. I'll add more photos next week when they are ready. You've gotta see everyone.
|"Gender Eurphoria" Maude Davey, Mama Alto. Photo by Alexis Desaulniers-Lea|
|"Gender Eurphoria" Harvey Zeilinski . Photo by Alexis Desaulniers-Lea|
|"Gender Eurphoria" Mahla Bird, Quinn Eades. Photo by Alexis Desaulniers-Lea|
|"Gender Eurphoria" Nikki Viveca. Photo by Alexis Desaulniers-Lea|
|"Gender Eurphoria" Crystal Love. Photo by Alexis Desaulniers-Lea|
|"Gender Eurphoria" Mahla Bird. Photo by Alexis Desaulniers-Lea|
|"Gender Eurphoria" Mx Munro . Photo by Alexis Desaulniers-Lea|
Note: When you slip up and use the wrong pronoun, you apologise because it is YOUR fault, not the fault of the person that you've misgendered. Don't know what pronoun they use? Ask them. And see how easy it is to use a gender-neutral first-person grammatically-correct pronoun in English.