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Queen-size by Mandeep Raikhy, India @Attakkalari India Biennial

Dance | english | 45mins
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About the performance

Can performed intimacy make an argument against an archaic law?

Played out on a charpoy, Queen-size examines the nuts and bolts carnal, mechanical and emotional of a close encounter between two male bodies, as a response to Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises homosexuality in India. In deliberately making this encounter visible, it poses questions around spectatorship, privacy, and dissent. The work was triggered by Nishit Sarans article 'Why My Bedroom Habits Are Your Business', first published in the Indian Express, January 2000.

Queen-size runs in a 45-minute loop played continuously over two and a half hours. The audience can enter the performance space at specific intervals through this period, and stay for as long as they like.

Choreographer: Mandeep Raikhy

This performance is part of Attakkalari India Biennial 2017, the 8th edition of South Asia's largest and most important international festival for contemporary movement arts organised by Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, being held at multiple venues across Bengaluru from 03 to 12 February, 2017. Visit for more details on the festival.

- Restricted to an audience aged 18 and above.
- Entry slots are in forty five minute intervals.

- Photography and video recording of any kind are prohibited.
- All rules of the venue apply.

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