Challenging section 377, “Queen-size” is a choreographic exploration that takes the form of a detailed study of the intimacy between two men. A bold step forward by Mandeep Raikhy to fight homophobia and highly prejudiced and discriminatory laws.
Played out on a bed (charpai), the couple examines the carnal, mechanical and emotional details of a close encounter between two male bodies.
The work is inspired by Nishit Saran‘s article titled ‘Why My Bedroom Habits Are Your Business’, first published in the Indian Express in January 2000. In deliberately making this encounter visible, Queen-size also poses questions around spectatorship, privacy and dissent.
The show runs for 135 min and the audience can enter the performance space at specific intervals. Queen-size is an invitation to enter the bedroom of two men — dancers Lalit Khatana and Parinay Mehra — and become an audience to their intimacy.
Choreographed by Mandeep Raikhy
Soundscape – Yasuhiro Morinaga
Lighting design – Jonathan O’Hear
Dancers & Collaborators – Lalit Khana and Parinay Mehra
Costumes – Virkein Dhar
Photo credit – Desmond Roberts