Through body movement, Heaven Unstuck investigates the persistence of the fantasy of flight in childhood play, and how certain experiences of social restriction force its continuity into adult life, making the naive illusion of flight a sustained form of survival.
To do this, the piece composes a repertoire of basic movements, almost instinctive and typical of children’s games, which imitate and evoke birds, fairies, and angels; the stroke like wings and its construction of lightness, the stomping that conceals the support of the body’s weight on the foot. Elaborating this inalienable desire to fly as a queer operation, it proposes a more political exploration of this bodily exercise of illusionism.
Performer: Blanca Ulloa
Toy piano: Perla Zuñiga
Blanca Ulloa is a Ph.D. candidate in Performance Studies at New York University and a 2021-2022 artist-in-residence at La Casa Encendida and the Museu D’ Art Contemporani de Barcelona. In 2021, they formed the study program Gear With Petals with Beatriz Ortega Botas, Alberto Vallejo, and Leticia Ybarra at Hangar (Barcelona).
Perla Zúñiga aka JOVENDELAPERLA is an artist, poet and DJ. They run the LGTBQ+ collective CULPA and are part of the cycle of lectures PoemRoom. In their work, they explore language through different media such as music, performance and video. They have made mixes for Rinse, NTS or Mutant Radio Tblisi. As a producer, she has collaborated with Uruguayan producer Lechuga Zafiro and Chilean producer Tomás Urquieta. Their work has been shown at Gasworks (London, 2022), Boiler Room (Barcelona, 2021), Haus Wien (curated by Yaby, Vienna, 2020), Gelatina Festival at La Casa Encendida (Madrid, 2020).
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