Celebrating the LGBTQI+ community progress towards equal rights is essential, but there are still 72 countries where homosexuality is outlawed. In some of them, the penalty is death. GlitterGods/Stigma presents the contrast between two different realities: acceptance and discrimination.
The piece focuses on the friction between opposing experiences: freedom and oppression, pride and shame, love and hate… Jesus De Vega invites the audience to experience a catwalk in which these contrasting experiences play out.
Through a set of restrictions (physical, spatial, rhythmical...) the performers expose their quest to find their freedom, their way to shine, their strengths and their fragilities.
GlitterGods/Stigma is an ode to love and acceptance, a thank you to the LGBTQI+ figures that fight for equal rights.
Choreography and soundscape design: Jesús de Vega
Dancers: Revé Terborg and Pascal Sangl.
Dramaturgy: Jesús de Vega/Eline Tan.
Light design: Varja Klosse.
Production: ICK / Jesús de Vega
Special thanks to Renée Copraij for her ongoing support and inspiration, to Jesse Vanhoeck for her generous help throughout the process, to Mai Marie Dijksma for her commitment and involvement and to de Meervaart and ICK (and its team) for their trust and help.
Extra special thanks to Matthew Carney, for being always there for me.
This piece is dedicated to the people that fight for equal rights, the people that suffer still from discrimination and to those that lost their lives because of it.
Premiered the 24th of September 2017 at theatre Meervaart, Amsterdam.
Pictures by Alwin Poiana (Premiere, 24th sept 2017):
Rehearsal photos by Jon Haywood (Sept 2017):
Images of N8 (Museum night) by Reinout Bos (Nov 2016):
Photos by Myscha Oreo, Vondelpark Openluchttheater (July 2016):