As a response to section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises homosexuality in India, Queen-size is a choreographic exploration that takes the form of a detailed study of the intimacy between two men. Played out on a charpoy, the duet examines the nuts and bolts – carnal, mechanical and emotional – of a close encounter between two male bodies. In deliberately making this encounter visible, Queen-size poses questions around spectatorship, privacy and dissent. The work has been triggered by Nishit Saran’s article titled ‘Why My Bedroom Habits Are Your Business’, first published in the Indian Express in January 2000.
Queen-size runs in a 45-minute loop played out continuously over two and a half hours. The audience can enter the performance space at specific intervals through this period, and stay for as long as they like.
Dancers & Collaborators: Lalit Khatana and Parinay Mehra
Choreography: Mandeep Raikhy
Soundscore: Yasuhiro Morinaga
Lighting Design: Jonathan O’Hear
Technical Execution: Govind Singh and Kavi Dutt
Costumes: Virkein Dhar
Photo Credit: Desmond Roberts
Executive Producers: Sandbox Collective