January 25, 2010
Tim Miller performance and talk on Friday, January 29, from 2:00-4:00pm at WIN 2.180
Sponsored by Performance as Public Practice, the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, the LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster, and the Center for Gender and Sexuality.
Tim Miller will be performing excerpts from several of his shows, including LAY OF THE LAND, which he will be performing in full at the Vortex in Austin from January 29-31. http://www.vortexrep.org/22_2010/22_miller.htm
LAY OF THE LAND is Tim Miller’s saucy, sharp-knifed look at the State of the Queer Union during a time of trial. Careening from his sexy misadventures while performing in 45 States, to street protests for Marriage Equality, to the electoral assaults on gay folks all over the country, to a grade-school flag monitor, to choking on cheap meat caught in his 10-year old gay boy’s throat, LAY OF THE LAND friskily gets at that feeling of gay folks being perpetually on trial, on the ballot, and on the menu! LAY OF THE LAND is a “lay” in all kinds of ways: a sex-assignation, a queer citizenship map, and a narrative ballad with a recurrent refrain! (Miller’s favorite way-down-the-list definition for “lay”!).
“Miller’s LAY OF THE LAND enters territory as exhilarating as it is meaningful. Miller lays out his unapologetically renegade viewpoint with exemplary economy and sardonic humor. Marriage equality is the thematic undercurrent against which reminiscences of various activist and performance landmarks coalesce into something larger than the sum of their considerable parts. The final apotheosis stands high in Miller’s canon, which, together with the overarching relevance, makes “Lay of the Land” a vivid, must-see achievement.”
-David Nichols, The Los Angeles Times
“Miller creates a compelling narrative that blends personal memory with political history, and he sees the performance as his most structured work to date. ‘The piece works to negotiate a personal, queer narrative and coming-of-age story with serious political issues,’ says Miller, whose work was denied funding from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1990 because of what was deemed ‘indecent’ content. ‘I end up diving into the crazy haunted house of the country’s history while unleashing a lot of complex memories.’ Miller explores the manner in which Prop. 8 informed the nation’s current debate on marriage equality, as well as immigration, miscegenation laws and a history of disenfranchisement.”
-Nirmala Nataraj, San Francisco Chronicle
Sneak Preview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYrH-PKJPnA