Choreography/Performance: Andrew Graham
Music editing/partly composed: Michele Panegrossi
This performance was filmed during the event 'Dance in the Decade' at the wapping project, which was curated and produced by Jules Wright.
This video was captured by Anthony Graham.
Quasi is a solo performed and choreographed by Andrew Graham. It was created as an independent project at Laban.
In my youth, I searched for words that could articulate my love for men. ‘Logically’, I became a homosexual. In defining my socio-sexual status, I wondered how much my sexuality affected my gender and vice-versa. Quasi is the corporealisation of my existential questions: What is it to be a man? Why do I love men as a woman does when I have a biological male gender? Am I a man in the way I act or in the way I was born?
In Quasi, gender is investigated as a systematic subject of fantasy and a project of artistry. Yet, creating a metaphoric painting of sexual shock' would sound only objectified and a bit abstract....
Together, the performer and the character are pitching in-between fiction and reality in search of a fundamental truth. They are frolicking with the tools we use to create gender and shaking the dress codes, as a dancer would change the choreological order.
More or less, I find interests in exploring my own difficulties to practice culture and performance. Recurrently, I find myself questioning the way my biological gender communicates and the way thoughts choreograph a certain way of living.
I believe I go to the theatre not only to see a piece, but also to be part of a community. Therefore, my initiative to present work is an invitation to join a discussion. Hence, the sense of ‘personal’ and intimacy is only used in service of a discussion. Quasi is a place where I use fiction as an allowance for this theater community to communicate, and to make errors. The use of personal and objectification are both interdependent initiatives to create this conversation.
In fact, I find interests in the way Judith Butler looks at ‘language’ as a cultural project that is never fully accomplished – by considering the project as an open-ended process. There is a strong will to look at gender as an object of process rather than a finished product.
This project has given me the chance to look at the ways in which I’ve been thrown into an indisputable performance during my everyday life, as a performer and an artist, in-which a paradox arises due to my responsibility as an artist to endlessly reset.
In fact, by choreographing this piece, I have gone through another kind of process: the one of transforming unresolved subjects into a product.