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Gay Guerrilla - minimal music with live ritual performance

Gay Guerrilla - minimal music with live ritual performance

Gay Guerrilla is a monumental and iconic piece by composer Julius Eastman. Together with artists Boris Acket and Christian Guerematchi 24classics presents an interdisciplinary re-interpretation of this iconic piece in the form of a live ritual. With a performance of the music by pianists Helena Basilova & Vivianne Cheng and a Shibari performance amidst a powerfull audiovisual installation. Immerse yourself into a thrilling ritual of light and dark, music and movement in one of the most beautiful churches in Amsterdam city centre.


composition Gay Guerrilla, Julius Eastman
choreography & concept Christian Guerematchi
concept, scenography & installation Boris Acket
sound design Danny van der Lugt
performance Helena Basilova & Vivianne Cheng
live ritual: Christian Guerematchi & Papilicious
engineering Merijn Versnel


‘Gay Guerrilla by Julius Eastman is a time capsule capturing the struggles and aspirations for equal rights from past generations that still echoes into our times. The composer’s minimalist approach together with Eastmans inspiration from Bach make gay Guerilla a subtle but spiritually charged piece of art that challenges accepted norms even to this day. The installation & performance expose Eastmans innermost desire for LGBTQ rights suggested in the title and manifests a shameless ritual of desire, surrender and commitment to a single cause - having the right to be yourself’. - Christian Guerematchi


‘Larger-than-life pillars create a space within the space. These seemingly static pillars completely shift form during the experience, just like Eastman’s piece does. When the ritual is performed by Guerematchi the audience is merely a bystander in this church, in the installation the role of the audience becomes the one of performer.’ - Boris Acket


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