Re-membering AIDS, Dis-membering Form
This essay explores the relationship that some twentieth-century Western plays about HIV and AIDS have to contemporary performance. The discussion looks to specific histories of performance to connect and augment current ideas about forgetting HIV and AIDS in queer performance. By describing, examining and providing a particular reading of an act by Bourgeoisie, a drag performer, in a nightclub in London, the essay explores the way in which contemporary twenty-first century low-brow, popular performance work inculcates the politics of remembering and dealing with HIV and AIDS as both an historical moment and an ongoing challenge.
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