Last Call: New Orleans Dyke Bar History Project 2015
Coming Out Stories is a contemporary multimedia dance performance interpreting oral history interviews of lesbian elders in New Orleans. For many interviewees, the dyke bar scene was inextricably linked to stories of family acceptance (or lack of), first sexual encounters, and navigating between being in and out of the closet . Performers move to original choreography to embody and interpret the soundscape of voices both painful, tender, and funny, with live drawing and projections setting the context. Original music underscores the choreography, and lighting comes from an old-fashioned overhead projector, which creates crisp shadows that mirror the movement. Prologue: Coming Out Stories was co-produced by Last Call and Patois Human Rights Film Festival in March 2015.
Photos by Bear Hebert