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23-24 Apr: Polari Speaking Sex – Marcus Baldemar

Date: April 23
Time: 7.30 pm (60 min)

Date: April 24
Time: 6.00 pm (60 min) + aftertalk

Price: 160 :-
Supporting members: 120 :-
Student/Senior/u 26 years: 80 :-

The performances of spring 2021 at Dansstationen will have a seating plan appropriated to the current COVID-19 situation. The audience amount will be on a maximum of 50 persons and each one will be seated on a place with the recommended need of free space.

Polari was a secretive language used within gay communities in Britain from the beginning of the 1900s to the late 1960s.
This language enabled queers to communicate with each other in front of straight people, in public. It enabled them to feel part of an exclusive group. This language, being full of camp, innuendo and sarcasm also helped form a resilient worldview in the face of arrest, blackmail and physical violence.

Marcus is inspired by this idea of a secret language as a road to community and safety, but also as a safe space in itself. A secret form of communication as a tool for expressing, sharing and performing queer joy, queer pleasure, queer intimacy and queer eroticism in public.

The expression speaking sex is borrowed from Anh Vo; choreographer, dancer and theoretician based in New York. They create dances and write about pornography and queer relations, about being and form, about identity and abstraction, about history and its colonial reality.

Marcus work involves movement and text. I his artistic practice he wants to find and/or create connections between the poetic/political body and a poetic/political language. The author of Stone Butch Blues, Leslie Feinstein, once write: Gender is the poetry we make of the language we are taught. In Polari Speaking Sex the movement and the choreography becomes embodied poetry created from the language we learn.

Idea and Choreography: Marcus Baldemar
Created Together with: Viktoria Andersson, Mariana Suikkanen Gomes, Daniel Åkerström Steen, Pyo Soon Caroline Byström och Adam Seid Tahir
On stage: Marcus Baldemar, Viktoria Andersson, Mariana Suikkanen Gomes
Set-design, costume, make-up and lights: Daniel Åkerström Steen
Coproduction: MDT, Riksteatern Dans, Köttinspektionen
Residencies: MDT, Riksteatern, Konstnärsnämnden

The project is supported by the Swedish Arts Council, Sweden’s National Touring Theatre, Köttinspektionen and The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.