Category Archives: opera

BLISS AND THE SHUDDER OF OPERA.A SELF-REFERENTIAL PERFORMANCE. BY STEVEN BENSON.

JOUISSANCE: Pain in Joy {“SQUARE BRACKETS”. That is a luxury if you actually experience physiological pain, especially if unpredictable and/or severe} But it’s a nice Conceit, for un Governable ECSTASY {“SQUARE BRACKETS”.Ultimately, as Monica Pearl admits, in “Bliss:Opera’s Untenable Pleasure”,collected … Continue reading

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YES, we have a culture and history -and future: An LGBTQ MANIFESTO. BY STEVEN BENSON

Inspired by the performance “Keep it Proud”, at LIPA, 4.4.14,a  combination of lgbtq history, celebration; and a worthwhile attempt at community cohesion   FLEE the Disavowal….. EMBRACE Lgbt Gay Queer (Sub) Culture….. You don’t have to like ALL of it. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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CAMP IS POLITICAL AND SUBVERSIVE.BY STEVEN BENSON

I state my argument against Susan Sontag(“Notes on Camp”, 1964, collected in “Against Interpretation”), who says:”camp sensibility is disengaged, depoliticised-or at least apolitical”[which I take to mean politically neutral] We must , of course, take account of the fact that she was … Continue reading

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