Tightrope

Backed by a virtual choir of singers and musicians, 2boys.tv along with collaborators Alexis O’Hara and Radwan Moumneh, summon the shadows, apparitions and voices of the disappeared; an invitation for us all to participate in a communal act of remembering.

Cuerda Bamba, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2013 Photo credit: Lorie Novak

Tightrope premiered in 2011 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto, Canada. Originally created with the support of Montreal arts organisations Studio 303, festival Les Trois Jours de Casteliers, OBORO, New Media Laboratory and Usine C, the performance was re-imagined and reconfigured for engagements in Montréal (Triennale, Musée dʼart contemporaine de Montréal, October 2011) and Mexico City (Laboratorio Arte Alameda in collaboration with the International Festival of Cabaret, May 2012). The performance was also featured at the 2013 Hemispheric Institute Encuentro in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the 2015 Bienal de la Habana in Cuba, the 2015 Phénomena festival in Montreal,and finally, it was present by Operación Queer in Grenada, Nicaragua in 2016. English, Spanish, French and Portuguese language versions have been created and the performance always incorporates music and poetry from the local community in which it is performed.

Corde-raide with the House of Bogue, Triennale de Montéal, Musée d’Art Contemporain, 2011
Tightrope with Alejandro Belli, (Operación Queer, Espira Espora) Grenada, Nicaragua

5-minute video including documentation from performances in Havana, São Paulo, Mexico City, Montreal and Toronto:

Writing on Tightrope:

Ariane De Blois, Esse (in French)

T. L. Cowan, Litlive: Canadian Review of Literature in Performance

Peter Dickenson, Still (Mighty) Real: HIV and AIDS, Queer Public Memories, and the Intergenerational Drag Hail

Samantha Wu, Mooney on theatre