Queer Makishi: a short devised film

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Date of Award

5-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MFA, European Devised Performance Practice

Department

Theatre

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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Abstract

Statement from the artist:

Queer Makishi – is a triple-conscious journey through morning rituals of awakening. This black, mixed, and queer performance activates auto-ethnographic memory, absurd fantasy, and spiritual contemplation through music, language, movement, and visual montage.

Queer Makishi wrestles with divergent masks from the traditions of clowning, minstrelsy, drag, camp, and absurdism in an attempt to reconcile these multiple selves in relationship to the Mother-Goddess, Oshun, and the trickster god, Legba. This piece seeks to explore the fragmented self of triple-consciousness as represented through the author’s persona. Finally, Queer Makishi celebrates the simultaneity and complexity these multiple selves bring to the crossroads of transformation.

Comments

Johann (Yo) Wood is a performance artist-scholar, vocalist, and painter. His interests are the intersection of blackness, queer theory, mix & (re)remixing, and jazz aesthetics through embodied, auto-ethnographic research. This performance thesis was produced in partial fulfillment of an MFA in European Devised Performance Practice.

Queer Makishi: a short devised film

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