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CHOKRA – Zawaj Al Khaleej (Gulf Marriage)

When: Back to Calendar » October 24, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Abrons Arts Center Experimental
466 Grand Street
New York,NY 10002
USA
Cost: $10 suggested donation
Categories: performance

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.

 


Queer New York International Arts Festival is presented in partnership with Abrons Arts Center and with support from the Alphawood Foundation Chicago; Amat-Associazione Marchigiana Attovota Teatrali; Art Matters; City of Zagreb; City of Split; Croatian Ministry of Culture; Montenegrin Ministry of Culture; Nationales Perfomance Netz; Oregon Arts Comission; Petrobras; Zagreb Tourist Board.

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