Midsumma Matters: A Panel on Queer Performance


Image by Jamie James | Artist: Bee Cruse

How do we trace the LGBTQI+ desire-lines linking artists and audiences – crossing social, cultural, political and regional boundaries

It is time to pay attention to queer performance across Aotearoa, Australia, Pasifika and the Asia Pacific.

We have rich histories and thriving cultures of LGBTQI+ performance, including an explosion of queer performance from First Nations artists across our regions. Queer performance is eclectic and tenacious, persisting as a field of innovation and continuing to sustain LGBTQI+ artists and their audiences despite contexts of ongoing homophobia, transphobia and criminalisation.

Much queer performance, however, goes undocumented, overlooked in mainstream reviews, unrecorded in formal archives, or given scant scholarly attention. This panel session celebrates the launch of an exciting, and long-overdue, collection of writing on queer performance in Australasia as a Special Issue of Australasian Drama Studies Journal (ADS Journal). This is an intersectional collection of essays, interviews and recollection-reflections.

Wherever we find them, however we’re making them – at the party, on your screen, in the studio, on our stages, in the clubs, on our streets - how do queer practices in performance proliferate diversity in our ecologies, sustain us as communities, invigorate creativity for our survival and generate lifeworlds of transformation?

We hope through the collection to trace the LGBTQI+ desire-lines linking artists and audiences – crossing social, cultural, political and regional boundaries and reaching out queerly across time and place. We want to remember, record and grapple with what emerges in intersectional-queer dance, theatre and performance that transforms us and envisions new worlds.

This public panel discussion forms part of this conversation and brings together co-editors Jonathan Bollen, Alyson Campbell and Liza-Mare Syron with contributors to the journal special.


  • Alyson Campbell (ADS Journal editor) – facilitator
  • Liza-Mare Syron and Jonathan Bollen (ADS Journal editors).
  • Peta Murray and Ian Ramirez (journal chapter contributors).

Supported by Australasian Drama Studies; Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne; School of the Arts and MediaUNSW Sydney.


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WHEN Sat 4 Feb 11am
DURATION 1hr 30m
INFO Launch of Special Issue of Australasian Drama Studies Journal


FREE Registration required


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Flinders St, Melbourne CBD

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