( ) at the Invisible Dog Art Center
JANUARY 4–6, 2019
at The Invisible Dog Art Center
51 Bergen St., Brooklyn NY [map]
$10 suggested donation, tickets available here.
Friday January 4th @ 9pm
Saturday January 5th @ 7pm*
Sunday January 6th @2pm** and 7pm
*Toast to follow performance / Play party (present) to follow toast
**Talkback with cast and crew to follow 2pm performance
( ) is an evening-length film created by queer/feminist porn collective AORTA films in collaboration with performance company the A.O. Movement Collective. Verbally pronounced “whole,” this feature length film seeks to explore the incredible potency of queer hedonism, specifically how the authentic performativity of kink and queer porn can evolve trauma into orgasm, and grief into politically radical, transformative, body-based joy. This work aims to negotiate pornographic embodiment as an anti-oppressive, trans-inclusive feminist practice rooted in femme caretaking and risk, and contextualizes itself as a choreographic process. ( ) investigates the complexity of pleasure, exploring the so-called obscenity of bodies in their most tremendous capacity—their glorious, illicit humanity.
At turns lush, humorous, sincere, erotic, joyful, and intense, ( ) forsakes traditional expectations of “porn” to create an unexpectedly textured landscape of desire. Amidst ecstatic water balloon fights, opulent feasts devoured without utensils, narrations of pleasure, lewd hand gestures, densely scored orgies, improvisational performance, and intense kink dynamics, ( ) proposes a new type of pornography: a world of queer sex that is at once surreally lush and intensely real. The film celebrates queer pleasure as a type of queer resistance, while inviting viewers of all identities towards their own human capacity for pleasure.
( ) positions itself interstitially, between the margins of experimental live performance, queer/feminist pornography, and dancefilm. Filmed by Holyrad Studio and edited and colored by Lanee Bird with an original score composed by Ashur Rayis, the work features an interdisciplinary cast of performers—three dance performers, five adult performers, and two crossover performers who work in both fields. Created and directed by Mahx Capacity and choreographed by Sarah A.O. Rosner, the film was developed in collaboration with the performers, and through AORTA films’ “F*CKLAB” practice.
Director/Creator: Mahx Capacity
Filmmaker: Holyrad Studio
Editor/Color: Lanee Bird
Composer: Ashur Rayis
Performers: Parts Authority, Trouble Clef, Papi Femme, Special Guest, Shay Knox, Erykah Ohms, The Shape, Evie Snax, Alice the Wolf, and Ginny Woolf
Executive Producer: the Effing Foundation for Sex Positivity