GENET PORNO excerpts, in-progress in HERE's Culturemart Festival, Jan 29, 2013
Corey Dargel as Damon Dogg/Our Lady of the Flowers
Oleg Dubson as Divine
William Smith as Darling Daintyfoot/Gabriel the Soldier
Yvan Greenberg as Director/Choreographer
Meet the Characters of GENET PORNO:
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Running in parallel with the development of GENET PORNO, the video series
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Laboratory Theater's new work is based on Jean Genet’s 1943 novel, Our Lady of the Flowers, and follows the loves and betrayals of a cross-dressing gay prostitute named Divine. In GENET PORNO, the ‘impossible ballet’ of Divine’s story is staged within, and transformed by, the production of a present-day gay porn video, incorporating narrative elements from the confessional videoblog of real-life porn star, Damon Dogg. Their stories merge as GENET PORNO explores our contemporary culture of narcissism, our individual relationships to pornography, and the consequences that result from blurring the lines between our public and private lives.
GENET PORNO is being developed and produced as part of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP).
Follow along as we create the piece by checking out our project page and blog on the HERE website.
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"...a classic Genet-style porn shoot, replete with dark humor and the pathos of the original tale blurring the lines between eroticism and pornography, and public and private language." GENET PORNO "is startling, if not jarring, and has a lasting effect as high and low art merge almost seamlessly. The actors were all true to character, and the impeccable, tortured, sincere, beyond-the-call-of-duty-Obie-deserving acting by Oleg Dubson, as the transsexual Divine, is a must-see, truly tour-de-force performance..."
—The Brooklyn Rail on our February in-progress performances in Culturemart 2014 at HERE.