The QUEER PROJECT of Victoria Deluxe has as goal to introduce a wide audience into the very diverse layered queer community (1) and encourage 'thinking queerly’ in a society that’s highly binary and has hetrosexuality as dominate norm. This by giving a voice and representing the queer community on stage and inviting queer-people as co-creator of it, in an collaborative theater project.
The content of this QUEER-project will be based on personal interviews, stories and testimonials of 25 queer-people, who are all diverse in gender - gender expression - gender (sexual) orientation - race - generation - mother language and cultural/religion background.
By interviewing queer people (2) we will explore the personal daily reality of good and bad experiences of not fitting into dominant social and cultural norms. The personals stories will be placed in a wider perspective of human rights, cultural and structural processes, sexuality and sexual representation, stereotyping, identity politics, ideologies and power relations.
Eight participants will be recruited from this group to form a super divers queer-cast that embodies the ‘queer-diversity’. By telling, performing, acting their personal stories, stories of participants and anonymous testimonials they will be represent the queer-community on stage. The artistic team of Victoria Deluxe (3) will direct them into how to act the dramatic composition of the stories and put the stories into a wider perspective.
We want to build a “safe place” for this participants. But also be open to a debate with the public. In that sense our intention is to reach a public of all kind; of course people who are struggling in their life with the same issues, but also people who have problematic vision toward the Queer community. And is the performance a representation for every minority group in society.
The performance has the ambition to encourage the society to avoid universalizing that all people on the inside/outside will share the same experiences and to realize that we don't live in a binary world. This project will be a representation for every minority group in society, a call to not define the world into who does and doesn't belong, who’s queer and who isn't, and other thinking that created "us and them" categories.
Queer - We prefer to use the word: ‘queer’, because it’s operate as an umbrella term for people outside the heterosexual norm instead of defining people in categories. Also it can be a way of challenging norms around gender and sexuality through different ways of thinking or acting.
"We pulled ugly green frog skin of heterosexual conformity over us, and that's how we got through school with a full set of teeth. We know how to live through their eyes. We can always play their games, but are we denying ourselves by doing this? If you're going to carry the skin of conformity over you, you are going to suppress the beautiful prince or princess within you."
- Harry Hay, American gay rights activist -
We would like to state some specific aspects, with the overall concept that Capitalism force people in categories to reach them better as consumers. This need to categorize people is strictly connected to the need of the capitalists society. If capitalism keeps the control on the way people can construct their family constellation (the so called “traditional family”), it’s easier to pilot what people would like to consume. Freedom is dangerous for capitalism. Give the people the freedom to not identify themselves in within a gender, or not to attach certain prejudice to one gender, it’s scary for society.
As a consequence of this we want to reflect on:
Asylum and Migration
I believe that we can get a lot of expertise from the LGTBQ+ history and its liberation movements (such as '50 years of Stonewall') to find the answers to the social issues surrounding super diversity (= not a dominant majority, but a majority from minorities who each claim their rights). Perhaps we can also better understand the complexity and fear that society experiences in a world in transition to a super-diverse society. Can the Rainbow Flag united diversity (all political ideologies for example) under one flag?