Homotopia 2011

Publish Date: 31/10/2011

Dance

Cruising, Clubbing, F*cking
Joseph Mercier
Weds 2 & Thurs 3 Nov 8pm
Unity Theatre

Cruising Clubbing F*cking is a dance-theatre performance exploring how gay men have met and seduced each other, from the 60’s to the present day. Blending bodies with beats and contemporary dance styles with gesture, the three dancers move their way through this world of late night lust, combining seduction, sex and moments of human tenderness.
 
At Swim Two Boys
Earthfall
Tues 8 & Weds 9 Nov 8pm
Unity Theatre

To coincide with the 10th anniversary of the novel by Jamie O’Neill, Earthfall revive their award-winning production with a UK tour. Staged entirely in water, and set against the backdrop of the Easter Rising, Ireland in 1916. This piece of dance theatre juxtaposes the developing love affair between two young men with political turmoil in Ireland and the slaughter on the Western Front – contrasting the dream of national liberation and the search for personal freedom.

Art

Pin Ups
Sadie Lee & Matthew Stradling
Fri 4 Nov to 3 December
The Gallery

A selection of new and existing portraits by both artists exploring the idea of queer icons and inspired by the eponymous David Bowie album. Both Sadie and Matthew contributed to the highly acclaimed exhibition '400 Women' a tribute to murdered and missing women of Mexico, exhibiting
alongside two hundred international artists including Paula Rego and Tracey Emin.


Savage Style: costumes from Lily’s Wardrobe
Fri 4 Nov - Sun 19 February 2012
The Walker Art Gallery and the Museum of Liverpool

Two venues at National Museums Liverpool host a selection of fabulous frocks from the wardrobe of Lily Savage, the acid-tongued alter ego of comedian and television presenter, Paul O’Grady. The display comprises 7 dresses and outfits worn by Lily in her many different guises, including one worn as host of television game show Blankety Blank.

Berlin-Yogyakarta : From Hitler's Terror To Human Rights
Today Tues 1- 14 Nov
Contemporary Urban Centre

The exhibition outlines the standards developed by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) for applying human rights in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity.  They were drafted in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta in 2006. The exhibition has been brought to Britain for the first time following Homotopia's youth exchange to Warsaw in February and is part of an ongoing relationship between young LGBT people in Poland and Liverpool.  Project Triangle is supported by Merseyside Police Authority.

Live performance/theatre  

Dykeotomy
Kimberley Dark
Tues 1 Nov  8pm
Unity Theatre

American artist Kimberly Dark who is a practicing sociologist & storyteller transforms her controversial views on gender and female sexuality into a performance of intimate, fluid exchange of ideas and personal adventures. An extraordinary performance artist whose unique blend of poetry and “stand-up story telling” has impressed audiences around the world.
 
Underclass Hero
Thurs 10 Nov (8pm)
La John Joseph
Unity Theatre

Transdrogynous, globe-trotting, performance-starlet La John Joseph, presents his new work "Underclass Hero", the frank and almost charming tale of his formative years on Liverpool's most glamorous council estates. A true tale, told with warm wit. The memoir of an oversexed, underage Catholic from the wrong side of the tracks. Part JT LeRoy, part Evelyn Waugh, part Penny Arcade, the show is humorous and genuinely raw, combining outspoken monologues & music.

Tranny Hotel
Friday Nov 11                                      
Adelphi Hotel

Tranny Hotel will see dozens of renowned Transgender performers and artists flying in from across the globe to perform a wealth of different works in numerous spaces around the hotel, from bedrooms and suites, to staircases, hallways and function rooms. Acts include accomplished Scottish transsexual playwright Jo Clifford, who brings her highly controversial piece ‘The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven’.

Discussion/Debate

Face To Face: An Audience With David Hoyle
Thurs 10 Nov (6pm) Unity Theatre

Avant guardian, artist and performer David Hoyle is unmasked in a special festival first. Author Rupert Smith is face to face with Hoyle exploring his life, his art and living with mental illness. Presented in partnership Liverpool Mental Health Awareness. Event will also be live streamed via www.homotopia.tv

Policing Sex Between Men: 1850-1971   
Thurs 3 Nov (6pm )
Unity Theatre

Historian Jeff Evans presents a lecture based on his doctoral research examining attitudes to homosexualityduring the last 150 years. Over two years Jeff has sifted through 70,000 criminal records to shed light on sexual orientation including thousands of court papers from Manchester, Salford, Chester, Cumbria, Carlisle, and Liverpool between 1850 and the 1970s.

Film

A Taste Of Honey - 50th anniversary screening
Sun 6 Nov  6pm   
Picturehouse at FACT

Tony Richardson's 1961 film of Shelagh Delaney's play was a critical and commercial success. Subjects likesex, abortion and homosexuality were tackled through the emotions of Jo, played impressively by Liverpudlian Rita Tushingham. Rita Tushingham will be attending the gala screening and afterwards appearing at a specially arranged Q&A with Professor Roger Shannon
Department Of Film & Media Edge Hill University
 
Cabaret

Lavender Girls
Sat 5 Nov 8pm
Unity Theatre

Celebrate Guy Fawkes night with Homotopia's homegrown comedy club ‘Lavender Girls’ returning with a night of live music & poetry from indie band Zorras, music from Spinster, comedy from Rosie Wilby and musical high leg kicks from Keddy Sutton and Gill Hardie. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Youth
Live Loud & Proud
Thurs 17 Nov (8pm)
3345, Parr St
 
Live, loud and proud is an opportunity for young gay artists across the North West to showcase their talents, in an open mic competition. As well as the open mic competition there will be a host of local gay talent performing on the evening. The acts include Ailish Marie who performed on the Women's Stage at Manchester Pride, and Sophie Ballamy who has recently released her first EP "My Friend, The Moon". The event is 18+.

For more on all homotopia acts and tickets visit: http://www.homotopia.net/