Article Title:Dance: Putting the sexy back in gay
Author or Credit:Jacqui Stanford
Published on:11th October 2013 - 08:30 am
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Story ID:14036
Text:The Dust Palace is bringing a hot same-sex circus-dance-cabaret 'same same, but different' to Auckland’s Tempo Dance Festival. It’s the brainchild of performer Edward Clendon, who says it stems from ‘fatigue of heternormativity’ and a desire to portray our sexuality in a raw and real way: Edward Clendon How would you sum up Same Same But Different? Can you!? I can! It is an exploration of same sex homosexual duets. We also wanted to surprise people, let people experience both the carnal and pureness of sexuality. It's about love and sex told through deconstructed circus and dance theatre. Tell me a little about The Dust Palace and its mixture of theatre and circus? We are trained as circus performers and theatre practitioners. Story is very important to us but we are addicted to the thrills of circus! How does this mix enable you to tell stories differently? The spectacle of circus can make story telling a real event. When circus elements are put into theatre you can step further into magic and ...the subconscious... What was the inspiration for Same Same But Different? Fatigue with heteronormativity and a desire to portray our sexuality in a raw and real way. I also love sexy circus - circus porn! The Dust Palace mixes dance with circus How do you get your feelings on this across in this show? We get to be lesbian and gay the whole way through, so I guess we exorcise that demon. I don't have particular feelings I want to get across except to redress an imbalance, other than that it’s about creating a platform for gayness. And how does the non-traditional nature of what The Dust Palace does help? The dust palace is unafraid to take risks, and the energy of the team is huge. A task like this could not be done without love, trust, lots of energy and sacrifice. What do you hope people walking away thinking? I want people to feel like they are leaving a temple of things carnal and holy. I want them to think... "was that hot?", "why was that hot?". I want them to be excited about sexuality both gay and straight. Same Same But Different plays as part of Tempo Dance Festival 2013 18th   
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