What: THIS IS WHAT I WANT Performance Festival
When: June 26–29, 8pm, doors at 7:30pm
Where: 934 Brannan St. San Francisco, CA
How Much: $20 admission, advance tickets encouraged
What Else: Explore the performer biographies at www.whatiwantfestival.com
Now in its third year, THIS IS WHAT I WANT continues to redefine relationships between intimacy and performance by presenting newly commissioned work that brings audiences thrillingly close to the locus of queer desire.
San Francisco-based artists participating in the festival include singer-songwriter DavEnd, Trannyshack Star Search 2012 winner Dia Dear, performance artist and drag queen Mica Sigourney (VivvyAnne ForeverMORE), and mixed-media artist Sara Kraft. Los Angeles based artists Mabel Negrete, Nick Duran/Jmy James Kidd, Rafael Esparza and Taisha Paggett will also debut new work.
“THIS IS WHAT I WANT commissions highly skilled performance makers to ‘come out’ and share their very personal desires on stage. Year after year what we are offered in return is a type of performance generosity that challenges, exalts, and leaves audiences celebrating queer desire’s full potential. For artists, the private and personal mix together in a display of fragility and indulgence, creating a performative moment that I, as a three-year veteran audience member, have learned to hunger for—that moment when something cracks open and the room achieves a feeling of collective communion.” – Ernesto Sopprani, THEOFFCENTER
THIS IS WHAT I WANT 2012 is an annual performance festival produced by queer performance incubator THEOFFCENTER and presented in conjunction with SOMArts Cultural Center, Center for Sex and Culture and the Queer Cultural Center. A centerpiece of the National Queer Arts Festival, the festival was founded by 2011 Goldie recipient Jesse Hewit. Under the artistic direction of Tessa Wills, supported by festival producer and director of THEOFFCENTER Ernesto Sopprani, it has expanded its vision to include a one-day symposium and participatory experience at Center for Sex and Culture. Anna Martine Whitehead, Doran George, Jesse Hewit, Tessa Wills and Rachael Dichter make up the 2012 curatorial team. Additional information can be found at www.whatiwantfestival.com.