Feral Queer Camp

Let’s go feral!

(Feral: ‘in a wild state, especially after escape from captivity or domestication’)

Be part of a new feral cohort who will consider: how we learn (from each other) about what makes performance queer; how we talk about queer performance; how we make performance; how we might queer reviewing and funding; and, above all, how we might develop a network of queer thinkers who can talk amongst ourselves and to others about queer performance.

Facilitated by a gaggle of feral queer academics assembled by camp captains Alyson Campbell and Steve Farrier, including Jen Audsley and Hannah McCann, this is open to anyone in the community – enthusiasts, developing artists, practitioners: people who have not (yet) had access to, or have been let down by, or have chosen not to enter into, Higher Education but are hungry to encounter a utopian queer curriculum largely of their own devising.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • The camp will stick its tent pins down a week before the festival, with participants meeting (in person or online) to meet each other and explore what we are hoping for from the camp. We’ll start to consider how we talk about queer performance critically, with a spirit of development and care for the work and the people who make it.
  • Participants will see a range  of performance work across the festival, courtesy of Midsumma and partner venues, and meet to discuss the work we’ve seen, hopefully joined by some of the artists to chat together about their work.
  • We will do some reading, reflection and hopefully some writing or recording about the work we’ve seen (but no pressure).
  • Along the way we’ll be joined by feral artists for cripqueer quirkshops with JulieMc McNamara; creative writing with Lachlan Philpott; and queering reviewing with Richard Watts. (These workshops are included in the camp and JulieMc and Lachlan’s are also open to the wider public).
  • These gatherings will include long or round tables; a potluck dinner –where each participant brings a dish  – and ‘midnight snacks’ on several nights across the festival from 10pm following performances we’ve seen, where we can chew over what we are seeing and thinking, draw out our experience and develop critical languages around queer performance.
  • At the end of the festival, the cohort will meet in the gardens of Abbotsford Convent for a final picnic in the park, open to anyone outside of the Camp, where we will together about how discussions such as these might form part of the development of deeply connected queer performance.

The fee for the camp will be a dish for sharing brought to the potluck dinner and some picnic food, and the production of a short piece of writing, or alternative form of reflection, or contribution to the conversation about the works you have seen in the festival.

All are encouraged to apply but there is a cap on numbers so to help us find out a little more about you, please tell us about yourself and why you’d be interested. This can be in any format that works for you: video, a paragraph of writing, voice recording (phone is fine), a song…

Some things you might want to talk about:

  • What is your background: are you a maker, an audience-member, someone who likes writing, somehow who hates writing, but loves reading/watching/talking?
  • If you like, tell us about an experience you’ve had from seeing or making a piece of queer performance: what did it do to you?

Applications closed on 16 December.

The Feral Queer Camp is supported by the Creativity and Wellbeing Research Initiative and The Victorian College of the Arts - The University of Melbourne; Living Positive Victoria; Hares and Hyenas; Theatre Works; Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and The University of Manchester.

 

MORE DETAILS of INDIVIDUAL EVENTS/SESSIONS

Bearing Witness Through Creative Writing with Lachlan Philpott 

Half Baked: Two Quirkshops for the Fabulously Bent with JulieMc McNamara

Feral Queer Camp: Picnic in the Park

Teach-in: Assemble, Advocate & Activate

In Conversation: ACT UP with Monica Pearl & Brenton Geyer

Feral Queer Camp: Round Table

Feral Queer Camp is supported by Midsumma Festival; the Creativity and Wellbeing Research Initiative and The Victorian College of the Arts - The University of Melbourne; Living Positive Victoria; Hares and Hyenas; Theatre Works; Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and The University of Manchester.

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Wheelchair Access

Dates & Times

When 20 Jan - 8 Feb | Various dates and times

Tickets

Full $20.00

Location

Various Midsumma Venues

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