Performance

Queen Size

Part of Alchemy

Two male dancers perform this intimate choreographed study, created as a response to Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises homosexuality in India.

Played out on a charpoy (a traditional Indian bed), the duet examines the nuts and bolts – carnal, mechanical and emotional – of a close encounter between two male bodies.

In deliberately making this encounter visible, Queen-Size poses questions around spectatorship, privacy and dissent.

This work has been created in response by Nishit Saran’s article titled ‘Why My Bedroom Habits Are Your Business’, first published in the Indian Express in January 2000.

Queen-Size is one of the most beautiful and sensitive performances I have seen in a long time in India. If it comes to your city, please try and not miss it. (Atul Kumar, theatre director, Mumbai)

One of those performances you come out of a different person.' (Saurabh Washimkar, audience member, Pune)

Dancers and collaborators Lalit Khatana and Parinay Mehra
Choreography Mandeep Raikhy
Sound score Yasuhiro Morinaga
Lighting design Jonathan O’Hear
Executive producers Sandbox Collective

Dates & times

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where

Blue Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall

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need to know

Age recommendation
For ages 16+. Please note that the performance contains some sexual references.

Ticketing
Bring a group: a 20% discount is applied to your basket when you book six or more standard tickets.

Event information
The performance takes place in three repeated cycles of 45 minutes, beginning at 7pm, 7.45pm and 8.30pm. Audience members should arrive at their ticketed time, but are welcome to stay for as long as they wish and may move around, in and out of the performance space throughout the show. Audience are both seated and standing.

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