CHOKRA – Zawaj Al Khaleej (Gulf Marriage)
466 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002
CHOKRA will present Zawaj Al Khaleej, a futuristic, hyper-glamorous, and hybrid cultural rendition of an Arabian Gulf marriage ceremony. This one-time-only performance happening imagines, as described by CHOKRA, the “social practice of marriage in an effective dissolution of separatist gender customs and normalizing operatives.” A multi-sensory spectacle incorporating neon pyromania, brilliant pigments, aromatic spices, and world music exotica, the work accelerates through performance dynamics the collapse of concepts of masculine/feminine, bride/groom, modesty, and hyperdrama. The cast includes Celso Satori LaBeija, Jamil Rafael LaBeija, and CHOKRA. It is requested that the audience wear white.
Zawaj Al Khaleej was commissioned by Queer New York International through the André von Ah research and development grant for the 2013 festival.
CHOKRA is a performance artist from theUnited Arab Emiratescurrently based inNew York City. His multidimensional performances integrate multilingual rap rhymes in Arabic, Urdu, and English; live surrealistic visuals; digital and analogue sound; algorithmic electronics; and ceremonial attire from theArabian Gulf. CHOKRA’s work has been seen at MoMA, Robert Wilson’sWatermill Center, the New Museum, KUMU, Kunstmuseum,Casoria Cotemporary Art Museum, and other prestigious venues. Presentations of his video performances have also been selected for exhibitions.