Currently in Process:
APAP 2019 @
The Invisible Dog Art Center (Brooklyn, NY)
Friday, January 4th at 9pm
Saturday, January 5th at 7pm (followed by party)
Sunday, January 6th at 2pm (followed by talk)
Sunday, January 6th at 7pm
Tickets on sale soon!
Rehearsals + Research beginning 2017
Residency: Snug Harbor Cultural Center July 2017
Residency Showing: June 24, 2017
Shoot Dates; June 6-15, 2018
Cast and Crew:
Mahx Capacity (director)
Sarah A.O. Rosner (choreographer)
AORTA films (producer)
HOLYRAD studio (filmmaker)
Lillie De (performer)
Anna Adams Stark (performer)
Yolanda Royster (performer)
Lindsay Reuter (performer)
Leslie Cyujet (performer)
Parts Authority (performer)
Ginny Woolf (performer)
Erykah Ohms (performer)
Shay Knox (performer)
Papi Femme (performer)
Evie Snax (performer)
Ashur Rayis (composer)
Papi Femme (costume consultant)
Commissioned by The Invisible Dog Art Center with Executive Producer The Effing Foundation for Sex Positivity. Additional support from the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, AORTA films' Benefactor Circle Jerk, and Kickstarter backers.
Project Statement, as of 12/18/16:
( ) is a new work, a collaborative process between queer/feminist porn collective AORTA films and 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.
Over the last few years I have experienced waves of trauma around suicide and loss within my queer community, witnessing its normalization. My drive as a maker can’t justify the luxury of what might be somatically/intellectually interesting—the only question that feels real is “how do we keep everyone alive?” Without immediate solutions, I am continually surprised by my impulse to push back against this immense ache with extreme joy, hedonism, and pleasure. This impulse is central to my queer identity, porn, and kink practices. I am interested in investigating this drive, in celebrating joy’s revolutionary promise while also questioning its fundamental privilege. I want to engineer a practice for overwhelming life in the face of seemingly endless death, investigating the constant embrace of trauma and pleasure.
Experimental pornography is the ideal media for this endeavor. Cutting through experimental performance’s insularity and entrenchment within systems of white supremacy, pornography is immediate, incendiary: undeniably legible. Like live performance, queer porn powerfully triggers authentic, instantaneous responses which a viewer must rectify with their preexisting selfhood. It kicks hairline fractures into oppressive systems, explicitly centering the humanity of individuals traditionally devalued by capitalism, ableism, racism, and transmisogyny. There is no wrong way to have a body, or an orgasm. Queer porn can take viewers by their hearts, minds, and genitals to incite change; it is a way to say I see you, will fight for your joy, will celebrate how fiercely you exist.
( ) positions itself interstitially, between the margins of experimental live performance, queer/feminist pornography, dancefilm, and community building. The project will nurture parallel processes: ongoing rehearsals with 5 dancers building experimental performance content, and a research group “F*CKLAB” populated by adult performers building a practice of experimental pornographic embodiment. These groups will work separately, sharing information and scores, developing distinct, intertwining products. Rehearsals will run November 2016 - May 2018. In May 2018 we will produce and shoot the content as an experimental film, editing it into a feature-length collection of interwoven vignettes. From June 2018 – May 2019, we will evolve the content into an evening-length live performance featuring individuals from both groups, utilizing the film as visual backdrop. We have confirmed a residency at Snug Harbor June 2017, and will premiere the work as part of APAP in January 2019 at the Invisible Dog Art Center. If you are interested in supporting this work as a presenter/curator, please email us at theAOMC@gmail.com. If you are interested in supporting this work as an individual, please click here to make a 100% tax-deductible donation.
( ) investigates the complexity of pleasure, exploring the so-called obscenity of bodies in their most tremendous capacity—their glorious, illicit humanity.