BALTIC is Curious

7 Jul 2019

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry

£12 / £8 concessions / £10 before 30 June

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This lively evening explores gender through queer performance and screenings by celebrated local and national artists.


BALTIC is Curious' triple bill includes Lazlo Pearlman’s Dance Me To the End Of Love, Amy Bell’s TOMBO(Y)LA and Drag Syndrome, an underground drag event performed by drag queens and kings with Down’s Syndrome.

Please note: 16+ years only. 16-17yrs to be accompanied by an adult.
The last 10mins will include frontal nudity.

Produced by Curious Arts and BALTIC. Curious Festival celebrates and explores Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer culture through the arts.

Drag Syndrome

The starting point is the art. Before Down’s Syndrome, before extra chromosome, before disability, before anything. We are Drag Syndrome! Freshly fierced! The world’s first Drag troupe featuring highly addictive drag queens and kings with Down's Syndrome.

Amy Bell: TOMBO(Y)LA

A conversation with a dancer dancing in conversation with their gender
A rolling archive of tomboyhood
A drop-in durational installation
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The questions we might have about gender are always rooted in what words we might use to talk about bodies and what those words might do to the bodies that we use them on. TOMBO(Y)LA however dances in that space between language and embodiment and it opens up the gaps between names, nouns, declarations and the affects, emotions and potentials of embodiment, asking what it might be to move differently within gendered attempts to fix the flux of experience. The discussions, prompted by a plucked-out card are both actual conversations and framed discourse where both interlocutors position and reposition the words they are using in relation to Amy’s dancing propositions. The gestures are not illustrative, not do they fully coaelesce into drag, but they try something on, at the same point that the conversation feels the weight of words in the mouth, the shape of sentences in the room, and the forming of an idea as always in motion.

Lazlo Pearlman: Dance Me To the End Of Love

Dance Me To The End of Love, is a 10 minute cabaret/boylesque performance that explores intimacy, love, partnering and the transgender body:

"Candidly disarming and vividly confrontational, the routine Dance Me to the End of Love by transgender idol Lazlo Pearlman is as engrossing as it is challenging. A graceful, gentlemanly pas de deux with a coat stand, it defies description, blurring the boundaries between burlesque, boylesque and performance art. [...] acts as thought-provoking as this don’t often end with the public absorbed in widespread dancing." C.J. Lazaretti, Erotic Review

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