Queering Ritual

We must never settle for that minimal transport; we must dream and enact new and better pleasures, other ways of being in the world, and ultimately new worlds … Queerness is essentially about the rejection of a here and now and an insistence on potentiality or concrete possibility for another world.

—José Esteban Muñoz


We identify with the term queering ritual in relation to a fluid heterogeneous attitude toward performance making and the practice and aesthetics of contemporary, multidisciplinary performance work. Queering ritual is also a lens in which to think through the composition of materials to create hybrid, subversive, augmented and indeterminate bodies, subjects, and territories. We consider the terms queering ritual as the structured recontextualising of pre-existing material. We propose queering as an expansive act and ritual as a return to an act through invocation, repetition, coded iteration, sacrifice, submission, custom, and rule formation. We consider the terms separately queering/ritual and together as a practice that embodies the form and content of a performance via the writing, shaping, and dramaturgy of a work.


Queering Ritual hosts 10 minute provocations in the forms or interforms of live performance, poetry, electronic writing, real-time media, film, participatory event, academic paper, experimental lecture, other.

The provocations were proposed with the term Queering Ritual in mind either together as a phrase, or separately Queering/Ritual. The provocations will be shared by those interested in performance making and/or composition/intertextual/intermedia practices and from both makers and theorists.

Provocations from: Fulla Abdul-Jabbar, Dr Kimberly Campanello, Amanda Couch, Crisis + Denial (Catherine Hoffman and Lesley Ewen), Cassandra Davis, Dr Louie Jenkins, Virginia Kennard, Dr Liesl King, Dr Alexandros Papadopoulos, Amble Skuse, Nathan Walker, Jessica Worden

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Keynote Respondent

Performance Documentation