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Performance of: "I Fuck What I Like"

A performance piece created in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Theatre and Performance at the University of Cape Town, 2021

This performance is created to complement the thesis titled:
“Sexuality and cultural heritage at odds: I fuck what I like, an ode to the young queer black woman in South Africa”

ABSTRACT

I write this paper as a theatre practitioner to complete a creative research project in line with complicating and archiving queer black women’s narratives in the South African performance and literary canon. As a strategy of social reform, I aim to complicate what I argue to be an insistent narrative of queer black womanhood as emblematic of abjection by exploring the concept of queer black woman joy. I use Sara Ahmed’s The Promise of Happiness, alongside Lethabo Mailula’s theory of a tripartite erasure of queer black women, to frame what I consider to be queer black women’s cultural heritage. In search of research methods, I turn to the work of Koleka Putuma, Zanele Muholi, Athi-Patra Ruga as my artistic influences, from whom I garner multivocality, collage, ode, and play as methods for my autoethnographic explorations concerning writing, performing, and archiving joy as part of the queer black woman narrative. This research project culminates in the writing, performance, and archiving of I Fuck What I Like as an ode to the young queer black woman in South Africa.

Funding

Rosalie van der Gucht Scholarship

National Arts Council

Institute for Creative Arts

History

Department/Unit

Centre for Theatre Dance & Performance Studies