Chris Owen will create several durational performances with multiple performers across the Sounds festival area. He builds a vocabulary of movements and performance gestures that complicate an audience’s relationship to erotic representations of (queer) culture. He invites an audience to question how we understand hedonism, club culture and think about the theatricality of all these forms, using performers’ bodies as a tool to disrupt its conventional status in these contexts. By moving the body unnaturally slowly, contorting or lighting it, he presents us with an unfamiliar and often uneasy image that prompts an examination of the world it inhabits.
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