THOUGHTS ON “BLACK”,LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT. HOMOTOPIA, LIVERPOOL. 15.11.13

“…highlighting the apparent differences between you and me but expatiating in the elements that unite us before{sic] our sexuality, colour, background surely, we are all human first{sic} and have been Black at some point”(Le Gateau Chocolat writing about himself,and  his performance)

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It summed it up: this meditation on identity, struggle, some kind of victory/accommodation; it went against the grain of the (false) binary: we are put into the boxes of labels OR we are hegemonised; but, instead, we can be BOTH: SELF-claimed nomenclature as gay, black, genderqueer; but still- we mustn’t forget- first and foremost  human

Le Gateau Chocolat started his performance with an aria by Wagner, written for a soprano!:); {I liked this, he chose Wagner, with all the fascist baggage his music has taken on board, took a female role, and genderqueered it into a male, effective aria: that was some reclamation!}

he is a bass-baritone, with a voice recalling Rossi-Lemeni, (sans the strain in the top register); he then told, via an effective combination of narratorial devices, his vexed life story and tentative victory, with Nina Simone and Bernstein along the way(and other songs); and some humour. Apparently a specially written show for Homotopia, this was performance AND performativity at its best;a great testament to humanity; and  would LOVE him to sing some more opera!

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{People who enjoyed this might be interested in Koestenbaum’s book “The Queen’s Throat:Opera, Homosexuality and the Mystery of Desire”(re-issued 2001),a lavish, camp exploration of the sublimation of gay male desire into the camp rodomontade of Italian opera and its divas)}

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ENTHUSIASMS: CLASSICAL MUSIC, ESPECIALLY OBSCURE ROMANTIC COMPOSERS; BACH/HANDEL LITERATURE, ESPECIALLY THOUGHTFUL, WELL-WRITTEN(STYLISTICALLY)NOVELS W G SEBALD WALTER BENJAMIN THEODOR ADORNO(JUST BEGINNING!) AESTHETIC PHILOSOPHY GAY MEN'S WRITING;QUEER THEORY STIMULATING DISCUSSIONS(EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY) GOOD RICH THICK ESPRESSO MICHAEL PONTI SPRITUALITY/LIFE'S "AURA"(BENJAMIN), WHATEVER TRANSCENDENTAL THING YOU WANT TO CALL THIS MEMORY-the elusiveness thereof. LOST TIME AND AN ATTEMPT AT ITS REDEMPTION(NON THEISTICALLY/RELIGIOUSLY)
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2 Responses to THOUGHTS ON “BLACK”,LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT. HOMOTOPIA, LIVERPOOL. 15.11.13

  1. decayetude says:

    Thanks Eddy:)Good luck with your journey:)Steve

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