A photograph of a blurred body with bare legs knocking over a black pedestal fan. There is a blender, foil and squished orange in the foreground of the image.

Image Credit: Molly McKenzie

  • Created and Performed by: gemma+molly

  • Lighting design: Giovanna Yate Gonzalez

  • Sound Design: Jaxon Stickler

The harsh sound of a fruitless blender fills the space fleetingly, pulling an array of animate and inanimate performers into its expansive and whirring cycle. Fruit poised for consumption, two femme figures complete the scene - each performing body finding itself as illustrator to what has already begun.

'LUSH' is a cyclical queering of time - a choreography performed by the animate bodies of gemma+molly and the inanimate bodies of a blender, fruit, fans and layered fabrics.

Informed by Audre Lorde's text, Uses of the Erotic, 'LUSH' draws reference to Lorde’s understanding of the erotic as, "a resource within each of us...the power which comes from sharing deeply any pursuit with another person". In an attempt to equalise the collaborative elements, each performing body indulges in Lorde’s words, allowing for an empowered shared awareness between the animate and inanimate.

Composed of an arrangement of performative metaphors and salient imagery, 'LUSH' works towards a queering of linear time, to exist within a space where time is cyclical - illustrating and indulging in the many cycles that occur within two femme bodies, their physical relationship, electrical object bodies, the ripening of fruit, an audience’s attention, and how these many cycles will inevitably fall in and out of sync repeatedly.

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