Our artistic work (also referred to as In Wonderland work) is a blend of classical theatre and contemporary performances. It explores social issues related or associated to the LGBTQIA+ community.
We use a multiplicity of platforms and channels -from the canonical/traditional stage, to cutting-edge social media tools.
Thanks to our competence on the use of social media (Instagram and YouTube), our gay life coaching background, and our community-based work with IT GETS BETTER UK, we deliver our artistic vision and performances through a multitude of platforms: from free live streams to paid workshops, conferences, webinars and podcasts.
In the specifics, by combining scripted tracks with advanced tools -such as super-chats, Instagrams pools, and many other CTAs -call to actions-, we can perform very high audience participation.
Ever since we where teenagers, we have been fascinated by the ephemeral nature of gender expression. What started as an adolescent curiosity, became soon a fight against social and cultural boundaries to find different and unexpressed horizons.
Each one of our projects is a unique experimentation of the relationship between queer culture and heteronormativity.
Often referencing queer history, we explore the past, present and future relationships between the LGBTQIA+ community and what hetero-norms have dictated for years.
Our work let the audience face what they think their core believes are, with the numerous unspoken bias around the concept of gender and sexuality non-binary.
To simplify, we employ the use of perfume, music, and comedy to create, break, and shape associations that western society usually associates with heteronormativity. For example, we use a sweet and delicate fragrance to introduce on stage a stereotypical male character; or a loud and deep voice is the representation of a tiny fairy. The 'contrasting' representation that derives from these associations, allows the audience to reflect on their heteronormative gender rules.
Drawing from what has influenced our childhood -like Walt Disney Picture-, and blending it with what surrounds our adulthood, we want to create new performances through which every single member of the Community can feel identified.
Ultimately, our performative projects explore beyond the cultural hetero-norms of gender, urging the audience to reflect on their personal perception of gender and sexuality.
In Wonderland latest project
Happily Never After
Our latest project titled 'Happily Never After' (streaming live on 14th of September 2020) explores the concept of gender and sexuality in Disney fairytales.
It focuses on the research of a possible queer representation in Disney characters that for years have been considered following the heteronormative rules of gender.
By using the art of drag, -learnt throughout our work with It Gets Better (you can watch our DragCon Interview here)-, we examine some of those Disney characters, and push their boundaries to their extreme.
This performative piece allows the audience to choose whether any Disney characters (villains, heroes or heroines) are associated with gender-sexuality binary, or whether they do not fit any particular gender norms.
Would our characters remain chained to their norms of gender?
It is on you to discover it!
DON'T MISS IT
HAPPILY NEVER AFTER
14th SEPTEMBER 2020
Beaty and the Beast
Queer Coded characters or simply Villains over the top?
What is Queer Coding? (watch the video)
"Queer coding refers to a process by which characters in a piece of fictional media present as queer, without them say they are, showing that they are or being referred to as such".
(The history or Queer coding by Jessica Kellgren-Fozard 2020)
How do we recognise if a character is queer coded? (watch the video)
Quoting an article at Feminist Disney:
"It is considered queer coded a character that is given certain characteristics that are likely to reference queerness in the audience's subconscious".
"It's good to finally come out"
Let the world inspire you!
We find inspiration in everything
and anything that surrounds us.
Here a compelling interview we have shot
during DragCon UK last January 2020.
“Fulfillment isn’t found over the rainbow—it’s found in the here and now. Today I define success by the fluidity with which I transcend emotional land mines and choose joy and gratitude instead.”
(other quotes here)
Inspired by this fantastic research, and always with the will to create a safer space for the LGBTQIA+ community, we have created a Queer/Disney inspired online store.
We have re-drawn famous Disney gender binary scenes, and we have created new gay couples, hoping that Disney will take this new direction in the next movies.
Wear two princes in love to be part of the transformation of this world in need of new values!