This Is Not a Dream ‘live’ screening

Thursday 28 and Friday 29 November 2013

at Hackney Attic, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE

7.30pm, £5

Free afterparty on Friday 29 with Holestar DJs.

Tickets available to buy here

THIS IS NOT A DREAM

How to change the world with your video camera… or create your own.

Announcing the screening of a new edit of the acclaimed documentary-performance accompanied by a bespoke live work by drag fabulist Dickie Beau, winner of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, 2014.

Through the moving, funny, provocative and inspirational stories of 12 unique figures, This Is Not a Dream charts a path across four decades of avant-garde experiment and radical escapism. It traces the influences of Andy Warhol, John Waters and Jack Smith to the perverted frontiers of YouTube and Chatroulette, taking in subverted talk shows and soap operas, streetwalker fashions and glittery magic penises along the way.

The film is based on exclusive interviews shot in London, New York and Berlin with Dickie Beau, Dara Birnbaum, Nao Bustamante, Vaginal Davis, Cole Escola, Vincent Fremont, Alp Haydar, Holestar, David Hoyle, Kalup Linzy, Glenn O’Brien, and Scottee.

The video revolution of the 1970s offered unprecedented access to the moving image for artists and performers. New worlds began to unfold: you could talk back to the mainstream by hijacking its images and upending its values; you could reach out, through the camera, to fellow freaks; and you could create dreamscapes to explore other ways of being. This Is Not a Dream charts the lineage of this revolution and its continued impact on contemporary art and performance. 

This Is Not A Dream is directed by Gavin Butt and Ben Walters and edited by Tom Frederic with music by Morgan Quaintance. These are the final live dates ahead of This Is Not a Dream’s release on DVD in January 2014 as part of the Crossovers DVD series.

This Is Not a Dream was commissioned by Performance Matters, in association with BURN.

Performance Matters is a collaboration between the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance at University of Roehampton, and the Live Art Development Agency. Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. 

BURN, the platform for moving images by cabaret artists, was created in 2010 by Time Out London cabaret editor and film critic Ben Walters. It has shown new work created for the camera by underground performers at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, MIX NYC, East End Film Festival and Hot August Fringe, among others.

Watch the trailer below 

Banner image credit:

Dickie Beau, image courtesy of the artist.

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