Historically, alternative identities and experiences such as asexuality and aromanticism have been alienated and diminished in public discourse, including LGBTQ+ spaces. Individuals have been shamed — by themselves and others — for being attention-seeking, unfaithful, frigid, and broken. They are invisible on mainstream media, in literature, and in the public consciousness. They remain on the fringes of what is assumed to be human.
For once, we are allowed to be angry, seen, and heard on our own terms, and to be worth more than the empty marginalisations of our biology.
The performance draws upon raw testimony, thorough research, interdisciplinary collaborations, and spoken word poetry – the fusion unfolding in a space underground where everyone is in the dark. The interplay of being silenced and dehumanised on the reality-virtuality continuum due to one’s identity will be explored through the use of immersive multimedia and soundscapes, all contextualised within an atmospheric basement space with a history of its own. Both virtual elements of the work will be devised and created in real-time during rehearsals, alongside the performer’s movement scores and found text.
parthenogenesis: is as much a performance about absence as it is a plea for presence.