Festivals: M:ST 6.
A summit is described as a meeting of heads of state or government. In our performance we evoke this idea in order to engage with the theater of current and past politics. The work that we are proposing comprises of an on-going performance intervention which would start on our way to Calgary. Once there, we will engage in everyday performative actions which will speak to and about the current political, military, social, and economic issues. We will do this in ‘costume’ which will mimic both the men’s power suite and a military uniform. Our “dictator-drag” intervenes in symbolic politics and also speaks to the fact that females are rarely seen in political, military, or economic platforms. Our work proposes to operate with two basic images — the image of the politician/dictator and that of a political/ economic summit. As such these two images evoke everything from the current violence of the Syrian regime, to the G20 Summit, political elections, or the corporate boardroom. All such images are based in power, and we choose to play with it.