About this project
Tentacles wrestle the sexual status quo; secret identity exposes itself; and the Empire is challenged by authentic expression, in a work that mixes whimsy, savage poetry, heartbreaking vulnerability and B-movie joy.
We live in a society that shrouds sexuality in secrecy and shame, and that alienates us from our greatest pleasures and truest hearts. To end homophobia and transphobia, we need to build a world that is equally unafraid to talk about sex, in all its permutations and combinations.
Alien Sex is a fluid exchange of ideas across three generations of artists, seven artistic disciplines, countless genders and innumerable sexual identities. Gay, lesbian, bi, queer, straight, vanilla, kinky and yet-to-be-named perspectives collide in a speculative fiction that fearlessly explores the strange, beautiful, and sometimes inexplicable territory of human sexuality.
Actor/director and Alien Sex instigator David Bloom conspires to bring together an exciting and diverse team in a multi-genre, multi-generational feast, inciting new work by emerging local artists and unearthing rare and unexpected discoveries by established cultural luminaries. Romantic, disturbing, passionate, and tender, this epic yet intimate collaborative project weaves together an original and contradictory collage by artists creating in words, images, movement, and sound.
The all-star cast features Vancouver genderqueer creators Olivia B (performance poet/tap dancer) and Floyd VB (performance poet/visual artist) propelled by the visceral and immutable life force of Taiko drummer Eileen Kage, composer/dancer/video artist Sammy Chien, actor/dancer/visual and performance artist Robert Leveroos, and photo-based artist SD Holman (of BUTCH: Not like the other girls). Drawing upon energetic interpretations of the transgressive BDSM poet Linda Smukler/Samuel Ace and the divisive heterosexual playwright David Mamet, each of these artists individually transgress the constraints of any single genre while sparking a shared explosion of preconceptions, categories and labels. Check out some samples of their work below!
Playwright, director and actor David Bloom founded Felix Culpa (with Linda Quibell), for whom he directed Judith, Und, and The Monument (Jessie nomination, best director-Large Theatre). For Queer Arts 2013 he directed Fruit Flambé and in 2012 he adapted the text and performed in Boulez contra Cage. In the last several seasons he performed in Brief Encounters, played Kent in Honest Fishmonger’s King Lear and Kulygin in the Only Child Collective’s Three Sisters, co-wrote and performed in Felix Culpa’s Obstructions project. Last April he performed in Oleanna at Little Mountain Gallery. This month in May he is directing Project Gingervitis for the Montreal Fringe and curating Brief Encounters.
His plays have been produced by Green Thumb, Studio 58, Felix Culpa, Carousel, Axis Theatre, Canadian Phoenix and the University of British Columbia. He won a Jessie award with co-directors Katrina Dunn and Mindy Parfitt for Palace of the End. Television appearances include Fringe, Romeo Killer, Once Upon A Time, Arctic Air, Supernatural, Da Vinci’s Inquest, Cold Squad, Psyche, Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis and The X-files.
David Bloom is a graduate of Studio 58 where he is currently on the faculty. He also co-teaches interdisciplinary collaborative creation at the new Bachelor of Performing Arts program based at Capilano University.
Floyd VB is a spoken word artist who enjoys long walks through their own imagination and the streets of their hometown of Vancouver BC. Their strolling has taken them far and wide, including into the company of the 2013 Vancouver Poetry Slam team and the 2012 and 2013 Vancouver Youth Slam teams. Floyd appeared in Xtra!'s 2013 Top 30 Under 30 list celebrating BC's best and brightest young queer leaders.
Floyd excitedly swan-dives into absurdity with flailing limbs as they tell you about the complexities of gender identity, love, and their eclectic, deepest, darkest obsessions.
Olivia B. is a singing, dancing, acting, poetry slinging resident of East Vancouver who has intrigued audiences at countless poetry shows, festivals, and national competitions with their wit and whimsy. Olivia's performances undertake subjects like existentialism, queer and genderqueer experience, unconventional courtship rituals, internet memes, and the liberation of potatoes -- this is often infused with elements of Olivia's background in dance, theatre and absurdity.
Olivia is comprised of oxygen, feminism, sealing wax, powdered root of asphodel, hugs, and chemical X, and can often be found frowning upon frivolity.
Risks and challenges
We have done our best to mitigate any potential problems which may arise. Once successfully funded, the production and execution of the workshop and performances are set to be on schedule, coinciding with programming for QAF2014. During this process, we continue to strive for excellence and work on ensuring that scheduling issues do not arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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