Homotopia’s seventh sizzling year
A bit thin on the visual arts this year sadly but still lots of other stuff to see and do…
Liverpool’s unique celebration of LGBT culture returns in all its Autumnal glory in 2010 with a UK dance premiere, international theatre, comedy, cabaret, poetry,literature, film, exhibitions and for the very first time – a youth strand, ‘Right To Love’, programmed by and for teenagers.
Artistic Director Gary Everett describing this year’s festival says:
“Homotopia offers something for everyone of all ages! From the hilarious, outrageous and subversive to the thought provoking and challenging. International artists from Italy, France, Mexico and the U.S. rub shoulders with writers and performers from Wales, Scotland and Liverpool. We are now the only LGBT arts & cultural festival in the north of England – come and find out why!”
As UK arts funding contracts Homotopia has developed networks and partnerships both at home and abroad to continue to present LGBT culture of the highest quality. This year the festival will also be commissioning brand new work for Homotopia TV. The live programme will present over 50 events across Liverpool. The festival is delighted to co-present work with dance festival Leap and disability arts festival DaDa Fest. By forging a new relationship with AND (Abandon Normal Devices – the North West’s festival of cinema and digital culture) Homotopia is even spreading to Manchester for a festival teaser in October.
In 2011 Homotopia will be going international as it exports its very successful 2008 exhibition ‘Tom of Finland Retrospective’ to Finland! Turku is the European Capital of Culture next year and the Turku Foundation invited Homotopia to bring the biggest retrospective of this iconic gay artist’s work home for the first time ever. The exhibition, in a specially constructed venue close to the artist’s birthplace, will fly the Homotopia flag for the whole year.
Also just confirmed is Homotopia in Turkey!
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and British Embassy Ankara are funding new research and development to export the brand to Turkey – more news soon.
Tues 2 & Weds 3 November Mother/Son by Jeffrey Solomon
A semi-autobiographical tour-de-force this hilarious play features the American multi talented writer Jeffrey Solomon performing as Mindy and Bradley, the mother and son of the title. This critically acclaimed work explores the consequences of coming out as a gay man for the mother as well as the son. (Unity Theatre 7.30pm £8/£6)
Fri 12 November Factory Floor
Factory Floor, a UK based network of women writers, artists and performers, presents an evening of new work by Clare Duffy, Abi Lake, Louie Jenkins and Carrie Whittaker, Caroline Wilson and Emily Underwood-Lee. “We want to spark debate about making experimental theatre, live art and political intervention and what it means to be a woman. It’s eclectic and breakneck.” (Unity Theatre 7.30pm £7/£5)
Guillermo Gomez Pena & La Pocha Nostra: Corpo Ilicito
Sat 27 & Sun 28 November
The legendary performance artist Guillermo Gomez Pena and La Pocha Nostra present their latest group piece. Using their bodies as sites for political reinvention and poetic prophesising, La Pocha Nostra explore the Bush administration’s criminalization of the brown body and the emerging culture of hope that has developed in response to the former world order. (Bluecoat 8pm)
RICHARD HAYNES: Listen To My Secret Fetish
Wed 3rd November 2010 // 8.00pm
Richard Haynes performs a collection of tantalizing sound pieces for clarinet each created by a different composer in response to a different fetish. Haynes has already made a name for himself as a musician and performance artist and has performed with many leading musicians and dancers in the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. His work concentrates on the intersection between music, live art, theatre and poetry. A hybrid live art club act cum queer concert recital. Contains nudity and adult themes.
Thurs 4 November Giselle, or I’m Too Horny To Be A Prince UK PREMIERE
Conceived and performed by Joseph Mercier, Giselle is a duet for a ballet dancer and his favourite pair of sleazy black boots. It draws its movement vocabulary from classical ballet and sadomasochism. Set to the original Giselle score the piece is an autobiographical collage told through images, kink, ballet, and exhaustion. Co-produced by Chisenhale Dance Space and Clara Giraud. (Unity Theatre 8pm £10/£8)
Fri 12th November Crotch
San Francisco dance maverick and political activist Keith Hennessey presents one of only 2 dates in the UK with his dance piece CROTCH. From a chaos of elements – songs, dances, a lecture, conversations with the dead – a form arises that questions what we know of philosophy, art and ourselves.
Multi award winning Earthfall’s latest work using dance, film and live music is inspired by the underground New York arts scene of the ‘50/’60’s exploring the protests, creativity and hedonism that marked the ‘60’s. “I never wanted to be an artist. I wanted to be a tap dancer.” Andy Warhol (Unity Theatre 8pm £10/£8)
Thurs 11 November Manmade
A scintillating triple bill of work from three of the most exciting choreographers working in contemporary dance today. From New York a new piece by Kyle Abraham who is recognized for his smooth, athletic Hip Hop influenced style. Yorkshireman Gary Clarke presents ‘9 to 5’ exploring the twisted underbelly of disco and Liverpool’s own Darren Suarez will present his newest work ‘B-itch Switch’. (Unity Theatre 8pm £9/£7)
Fri 5 November Lavender Club
Inimitable comedian Terry Titter hosts Homotopia’s popular perennial cabaret night of comedy, mime and music.
Sat 6 November Call My Puff
Vada the bona lallies, fantabulosa! Find out what it all means in this live edition of Call My Bluff with a polari twist. Celebrity panelists are David Hoyle, Doreen Kum Kwik, Margi Clarke Compered by Terry Titter.
(Unity Theatre 6pm £10/£8)
Sat 6 November Lavender Girls
The lesbian comedy and music night that sells out every year. Your hostess with the most this year is award winning funny woman Rosie Wilby and she welcomes author and comedian Stella Duffy, writer and actress Angela Clerkin, singer Jennifer John and Mini Copper. (Unity Theatre 9pm £10/£8)
Fri 5 November Planet Young – Gerry Potter & Jay Bernard
Jay Bernard is author of Your Sign is Cuckoo, Girl and her work has recently been featured in City State and Voice Recognition (2009). As well as writing poetry, Jay has written for the Royal Opera House and been poet-in-residence on an allotment. She currently blogs at brrnrrd.wordpress.com Liverpool poet Gerry Potter peforms ‘Planet Young’ exploring his gay scouse roots with passion, wit and verve. (Bluecoat 8pm)
Sat 6 November Stella Duffy
Reading from her new historical novel Theodora; actress, empress, whore (FACT 4pm)
Wed 24 November Afternoon Tea With Armistead Maupin
Meet the author of the Tales in the City at a special Afternoon Tea at the stylish London Carriage Works. Armistead will talking about his life and reading from his new book Mary Ann in Autumn with full afternoon tea
Gay Thursday: In Lust A Presentation by the Centre of Cultural Confusion
Gay Sunday moves to Thursday for a special edition to coincide with the Homotopia Festival. From frivolous displays of affection to the construction of a gay utopia, this musically infused journey of short video explores the ‘queering’ of modern identity. Come and watch politics meet the dance floor. Grab your heels and get set for an experimental visual feast.WarningContains flashing lights. (Cert: 18)
Getting Your Work Published : Join Gerry Potter, Stella Duffy, Jay Bernard and Claire Campbell on a special panel talking about writing and their experiences of getting published
Saturday Nov 6th The Treasure House, World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool 1
Sunday Nov 7th World Premiere of Pink: Past & Present
An insightful and colourful documentary made by pioneers, ground breakers, heroes and sheroes of the Liverpool LGBT community. The film celebrates the heritage of Liverpool’s LGBT scene and will be followed by a special post-premiere celebration to be announced shortly. Produced by First Take
Sat 20th November The Powerhouse Of Supermen : Does gay culture exclude ‘otherness’?
Presented with DaDa Fest. We are surrounded by images, ideas and confections of gay lifestyles, the ‘scene’ and its culture. Muscle, hedonism, youth and homogeneity is everywhere and even perpetuated in the gay media. Is it narcissism, is it healthy and does this quest for the perfect body exclude ‘otherness’? The morning will include a series of art based encounters choreographed by David Hoyle and Tanya Raabe exploring issues of identity and the divided self and ‘Making Fat’ workshops. The afternoon will feature a lively and provocative debate chaired by Matt Fraser including panellists David Hoyle, Jane Czyzselka (DIVA editor) Leroy Moore (Sins Invalid) and Robert Softley (Disabled Persons LGBT group) (Bluecoat 2pm Free)
Midnight Mass: Peaches Christ presents International Premiere of ‘All About Evil’
Manchester Cornerhouse Sat Oct 5th 8pm
A San Francisco phenomenon, the underground hit that is Midnight Mass makes its UK debut starring horror hostess Peaches Christ in this Rocky Horror-style celebration of bad, trash and cult movie making. The infamous pre-show for such guilty pleasures as Showgirls and Purple Rain has included free lap dances with every large popcorn from a retinue of dude girls, a roller girl conga line, audience makeovers and unspeakable live participation.
Sun 7 November Queering The Portrait
Its Biennial time so Join David Hoyle, one of England’s avant guardians, as he presents a guide around the Walker Art Gallery and some of the country’s finest art collections. Take in Turner, Lowry or a Hoyle followed by conversation, tea and cucumber sandwiches (Walker Art Gallery 2pm FREE)
Right To Love – Homotopia youth
In 2009 as part of its social justice and Anti Hate Crime campaign, Project Triangle, Homotopia started working with LGBT teenagers. In 2010 the young people have decided to programme their own youth strand of the festival and contribute some of the content themselves.
Tues 2 – Sat 27 November Big Gay Kiss
An exhibition of photographs taken by young homotopians around their city in 2010. Their brief was to capture a ‘Big Gay Kiss’, to show all kisses are equal, love conquers all. (Unity Theatre foyer, free)
Fri 5 November Sex, Drags, Rock’n’Roll
This documentary was shot this summer in Liverpool by young Homotopians and their gay friends in Warsaw. The film looks at identity, equality and diversity. Follow the teenagers as they start their own political party, challenge the homophobic status quo and demand their right to love. (Unity Theatre 6pm £4/£3)
Fri 12 November Big Gay Prom
If you’ve ever felt excluded by the heterosexual culture of school prom’s this event is for you! Featuring grunge punk band Kenelis and Voodou Hussy with front woman Shabby (ex Big Brother) there will also be prizes for Prom Drag Queen and Prom Drag King.
(Studio2, Parr Street £5.50)
Tues 16 November Big Gay Night In
An opportunity to slob out with popcorn and friends on the sofa and watch gay movies.
Homotopia is supported by the City of Liverpool , Arts Council England, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Turku 2011 Foundation, British Embassy Ankara and Merseyside Police