Conference on the Couch 1:
@ OUThouse: 11:00am – 1:00pm
WORKOUT! with Erica Nix:
Dancing Tour Edition
Location TBA: 2:00pm-4:00pm
A follow-the-leader style workout and “dancing tour” of Austin. Like an impromptu Pride Parade through the city with silent disco headphones!
MY FATHER, MY MARTYR AND ME:
Postcolonial Instructions for Loving the Palestinian Body
@ VORTEX (Tent): 6:00pm – 7:30pm
A solo performance in poetry by Fargo Tbakhi, My Father, My Martyr, and Me asks audiences to engage in the project of unlearning the criminality always already layered onto the Palestinian body. Using an invented method called “unarcheology” to examine Fargo’s life, his father’s life, and the life of Sirhan Sirhan, the performance seeks to decolonize possibilities for solidarity, support, and love towards the survival of the Palestinian people. Through a nonlinear, queer, decolonial approach to text and to aesthetics, the performance ultimately asks: in the face of decades of colonization, erasure, and colonization, how can we love each other better?
My Father, My Martyr and Me was first performed at the Empty Space Theater at ASU under the direction of Artistic Director Jennifer Linde.
THE LYNCHING SUITE
@ VORTEX (Main): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
The Lynching Suite is a chamber horror for male soprano and synthetic strings. It is the first known composition of classical music devoted to the legacy of lynching in the United States. Guided by the visionary work of black liberation theologian James Cone, the Suite is a liturgical cycle of dirges. Musically, the Suite draws from the structures and colors of the Negro Spiritual and symphonic black metal. Its libretto unearths and airs the cannibalistic ritual and psychosexual biopolitical dimensions of lynching, exploring the inescapable implications of the castrations, dismemberments and trophy-collecting that were a recurring feature. The libretto also explores resurrection, overcoming, and Armageddon.
Silky Shoemaker, Paul Soileau, Lex Vaughn
@ VORTEX (Main): 10:00pm-11:30pm