Photos: Elly Welford

“Some will say that all we have are the pleasures of this moment, but we must never settle for this minimal transport; we must dream and enact new and better pleasures, other ways of being in the world, and ultimately new worlds.” – Jose Esteban Muñoz

A work-in-progress that combines dance, drag and poetry to explore what parts of ourselves we hide from the world, and what parts we feel we can show. What we have to destroy in order to survive, and what we desperately reconstruct. What we perform for others, and what’s left after the show’s over.

Inspired by the moments shared on disco dance floors and on the makeshift stages of D-I-Y cabarets. For this work Jake collaborated with the poet/performers Brendan Curtis and Day Mattar, of Liverpool-based poetry collective Queer Bodies. This solo will be developed into a full-length work.

Writing and Choreography: Jake Evans

Movement & Rehearsal Direction: Stefania Pinato

Poetry Mentors: Brendan Curtis & Day Mattar

Dramaturgy: Harry May-Bedell

Lighting Design: Mark Baker

Costume: Jake Evans

Wig: Miss Blair

Jacket: Lord Whitney

‘The Plea (Be Tender)’ recorded by Rory Ballantyne at Bidston Observatory, Wirral

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