images: Frank R. Schröder.
Once I walked onto the primary stage of the Sopiensaele Theater on Wednesday night and noticed the three performers of Olympia’s new Bukkakis manufacturing “replay” twirling in a set of silky white and translucent materials hanging from the ceiling like clouds, I mentioned to myself: have to be a wierd model of paradise.
The piece asks the query: what if a drag queen and two non-binary performers took cost? It will be a world the place ladies like Breonna Taylor and Mahsa Amini would by no means be forgotten. A world the place individuals from totally different backgrounds be taught from one another in concord. The place native drag queens are acknowledged earlier than worldwide pop stars. The place somebody may burst right into a Britney efficiency at any time. The place empathy, reflection, humor and benevolence are practiced with grace.
Appears like a chunk of heaven, does not it?
Once I have a look at Olympia Bukkakis’ work, I see one thing that I really feel deeply linked to. She’s not only a drag queen, cellist, theater maker, or performer. I see in her a builder of the world. She does not take the world we reside in as it’s – quite the opposite, she builds her personal and graciously invitations us all to hitch her. I think about he was instructed many occasions in his life: You may’t do that, you may’t be like that. To which she would reply: “Have a look at me!”
With this braveness, this confidence and this willpower, she embarks on the creation of her initiatives, performances and reveals. And we will take into account ourselves fortunate to be witness to it.
If you wish to catch “play again” at Sophiensaeleco-starring the scrumptious Darvish and the fantastic Am Ertl, you may nonetheless do it this weekend Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m.
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