This week we had to do a performance piece about endurance for three minutes. While I was initially thinking about how I need to endure something, immediately my mind went to what LGBRTQ+ people have to go through each day, and while some are luckier than others many face terrible violence at any possible moment. Thus also playing on the phrase "Anita Bryant Sucks Oranges" I decided to do a piece where not only my endurance and that of the fruit would be tested, but that of the participants. Their willpower to either continue to assault or resist the mob would play heavily into the piece.
I did not edit the documentation of this performance primarily because I wanted to capture every aspect. From here it becomes easier to reflect and refine the process, thinking about how this piece would be replicated and done differently. Overall it went well, but this is also because I know all participating members (save for one visiting candidate to the department). If performed for longer and in a public space that safety would be removed and we would truly see what people would do to assault, or resist, a queer body. Perhaps this piece will be performed in the future, so stay tuned!
Open your mind, be brave. and be kind.
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