Performing Arts

Try-dimensions Through Trans-realities

— by Dinis Machado

Try-dimensions through Trans-realities is a dance performance for a cast of three queer dancers. We talk of queer in its intersectional understanding where Queer, disabled, Feminist, and trans people and questions cross over, care, and learn from each other.

Try-Dimensions through Trans-realities departs from the potential of science fiction to project and visualize intersectional futures both through its cyborg imaginary: where a journey towards androgyny accompanies a departure from natural canons and towards constructed bodies. In this work, moved by fiction, trans and cis bodies assemble and are assembled by imaginary prosthetic constellations, reassemblings, and dismantlings.

In this work, the term trans-reality is reappropriated as a metaphor for the space of understanding where the sharing of experiences of disassociation and construction of identities enables a platform of mutual understanding.

Try-dimensions through Trans-realities is finally as much about how we inhabit digital spaces to experiment and embody prosthetic selves as it is about how we return to and reengage with the mainstream world transformed by this experience. About how we become closer to ourselves through being together. About how we inhabit the space of the stage as a primitive technology where we can experiment with utopic realities. About how we dance with the digital memories of our desired bodies in the very analogue space of the stage, making virtual experiences of desire into tangible and existable realities.

Produced in the aftermath of the Swedish election that allowed the populist party into government, reflecting the surge of similar politics across Europe and the world, along with its weaponisation of hate towards trans bodies, this is a work of crisis. A work of resilience in the face of a contemporary landscape that seeks to define and render queer lives impossible and unlivable. Occupying the theater as a provisional space of queer subjective living, not in a theatrical way but through becoming a fortress of subjectivity. Not as a vanilla utopic future, but as a space where one accepts that one is afraid and where one welcomes, hosts, and lives through one’s feelings, together.

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