Video Excerpt, Nuyorican Poets Café

The Dance of the Pillow Queen (2014)

Created and Performed by Mieke D

Nuyorican Poets Café
July 6, 2014
Full Duration: 18 minutes

Photo Credit: © Benjamin Lundberg 2014

The Dance of the Pillow Queen
Written and Performed by Mieke D
as a part of…
NEEDING IT ALL: A Beautiful Desperation
Featuring solo works by Mieke D, Samantha Galarza, Tova Katz, Angelica Rivera, Mette LouLou von Kohl and Aunt Sharon the Dance Therapist
Hosted by Dan Fishback
The Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe
July 6, 2014

This piece explores the links between gender, sexuality and Orientalism, while physicalizing the spirit of my ancestors who survived colonization through a crafty combination of defiant resilience and assimilation.

Originally presented at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, this show is the culmination of an 8 week-long research and development process led by performance artist Dan Fishback, and features transdisciplinary work ranging from character-based comedy to surrealist dance theatre (and everything in-between). NEEDING IT ALL: A Beautiful Desperation is proud to feature voices at the cutting edge of New York City’s storied queer performance tradition, and its producers extend a special thank you to artists Peter Cramer, Jack Waters, Jenny Romaine, and Susana Cook for their support and guidance. This program is part of an ongoing education initiative of The Helix Queer Performance Network, a collaboration between La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange seeking to empower queer performers, unite diverse communities and celebrate the legacy and lineage of queer performance in New York City.