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Loren Wohl
ZAWAJ AL KHALEEJ (GULF MARRIAGE)

first performed on October 24, 2013
Queer New York International Arts Festival at Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY
performed once in 2013

CHOKRA

Jamil Rafael Labeija, Celso Satori Labeija

Dubai, United Arab Emirates / New York, NY
ilovechokra@chokralovesyou.com
chokralovesyou.com

ZAWAJ AL KHALEEJ (GULF MARRIAGE)
CHOKRA

“Zawaj Al Khaleej (Gulf Marriage)” is a futuristic, hyper-glamorous and queer hybrid cultural rendition of an Arabian Gulf marriage ceremony. This performance-happening imagines, as described by CHOKRA, the “social practice of marriage in an effective dissolution of separatist gender customs and normalizing operatives.” As a multi-sensory spectacle incorporating neon pyromania, Technicolor lasers, brilliant pigments, aromatic spices and world music exotica, this dramatization of a Gulf wedding accelerates through performance dynamics that collapse concepts of masculine/feminine, bride/groom, modesty and hyperdrama.

Audience members were requested to wear white.