A Touch of the Other
A Touch of the Other
Please note that stroboscopic effects are used in this performance.
With lipsync, dance, video and storytelling, the drag legend and self-proclaimed Queen of the Heavens and of the Earth, Olympia Bukkakis tackles the question of the role of trans identities and drag practices in the current feminist discourse. For this, she ventures to fall back on her own family history: for it is not only for Bukkakis that the external assessment of her body, which was assigned male at birth, has had a profound influence on her existence in the world. Because of the female ascriptions to her body, Olympia Bukkakis' mother and her five sisters carry out feminised labour - professions traditionally occupied by women and less valued by society. It is precisely in the example of feminised labour and its lower social esteem that Bukkakis finds interfaces to her own work as a drag performer: in the form of shared vulnerabilities, strengths and resilience strategies. In this way she creates a space for recognition and new ties of feminist solidarity beyond fixed gender, sex and generational boundaries.
The show has a duration of 60 minutes and uses English spoken language. The stage area is very brightly lit and the show uses stroboscope lightning as well as fog. Loud music is not planned so far. Silence is not mandatory, but the audience is kindly requested not to leave the room during the show. The performance deals with traumas. The information on accessibility will be continuously updated. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Gina Jeske at firstname.lastname@example.org or 030 27 89 00 35.
CONCEPT, PERFORMANCE, CHOREOGRAPHY Olympia Bukkakis DRAMATURGY Allison Wiltshire STAGE DESIGN, VIDEO Camille Lacadee LIGHT Maika Knoblich SOUND Lyra Pramuk COSTUMES Jay Barry Matthews PRODUCTION Lisa Gehring PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Paul Niedermeyer choreographic assistant Am Ertl
A production by Olympia Bukkakis in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung.
OLYMPIA BUKKAKIS, Queen of the Heavens and of the Earth, Empress of Despair, and Architect of Your Eternal Suffering is a drag queen, choreographer, moderator and writer. Originally from Australia, she has lived and worked in Berlin since 2012, organising queer performance events such as Get Fucked, Queens Against Borders and Apocalypse Tonight. After graduating from the SODA Master at HZT in 2019 she presented: Gender Euphoria (2019 Tanztage), Under Pressures (2019 Gessnerallee), Boys Night Out (2020 Melbourne), A Touch of the Other (2020 Risk and Resilience Festival, Sophiensæle) and Too Much (2021 Sophiensæle). Her practice is situated within, and inspired by, the tensions and intersections between queer nightlife, contemporary dance and performance.