Queer Arts Festival presents: Reflection/Refraction
Reflection/Refraction flips the gaze of the artist. The curators assigned five queer performing artists a short film made by a queer filmmaker. They were given four months to reflect and refract, to ponder and wonder, to create a new performance piece. We get an insight into their creative process and are challenged: where does inspiration come from?
Cellist Cris Derksen drapes her layers of sound around the flirty awkwardness of Narissa Lee’s The Bus Pass. David C. Jones develops gender musings through physical theatre with a tip of the heel to The Hawker by Elisha Lim and Coco Riot. Mette Bach evokes complex personal histories in contrast to Kent Monkman’s playful cultural critique Dance to Miss Chief. Dancer Ralph Escamillan holds Clark Nikolai’s Galactic Docking Company gently and pushes far beyond the reaches of space. Mr Cobalt 2013, Tran ÀPus Rex, challenges the dragged-up Herr by John Greyson with choreography by Vancouver’s Joe Laughlin.
This project is curated by Kristina Lemieux, Artistic Producer of Brief Encounters, and Jen Crothers, artist and filmmaker (Butch Tits), who share a love of queer interdisciplinary arts.
Artists — Films
Cris Derksen (cellist) — The Bus Pass by Narissa Lee