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COFAC Colloquium 14 — Friday, April 8, 2011 — Dance Studio Theatre, CFA 1003

Dance/Theatre/Poetry performance:  Homo Will Not Inherit

Steven Satta, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre Arts

Vincent Thomas, Associate Professor, Department of Dance

Tony Byrd, TU Dance Alum

Steven Satta (theatre faculty), Vincent Thomas (dance faculty) and Tony Byrd (TU dance alum), present a performance of Homo Will Not Inherit: a poem by National Book Critics Circle Award winner Mark Doty.  This piece was originally created for Gay Expectations II, a cabaret evening in June of 2010 celebrating Baltimore Pride, and was the first collaboration between VT Dance and Iron Crow Theatre Company.

The poem deals with the life that erupts in hidden spaces of a commercial district after the businesses have closed.  A work that is simultaneously defiant and tender, militant and generous, Homo Will Not Inherit celebrates the emotional/spiritual spaces carved by sexual minorities in the mainstream cultural landscape.  Physical geography is revealed as multi-layered.  “Urban blight” is cracked open to reveal the beauty of a vibrant underground culture.  Sexuality and carnal encounters become acts of spiritual communion.  Expectations are subverted as the denizens of a gay ghetto reveal that, rather than being imprisoned and oppressed, they have ‘found their kingdom’.

This performance is a fusion of dance and theatre, exploring the intersection of words and movement, and the expression of poetic images through the multiple media of word, voice and body.  The body is explored as an ever-shifting landscape of the sacred and the profane.  Repetition and transformation of words and phrases create shifting wordscapes and soundscapes that uncover harmony within seeming discord.  The sensuality of bodies, words, physical space and the realm of the imagination are at the heart of Homo Will Not Inherit.


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