Non-binary performance artist Travis Alabanza visits two Midlands venues over the next few days with a show which he devised after having a chicken burger thrown at him.
Travis’s show, Burgerz, stops off at Coventry’s Warwick Arts Centre on Friday 15 & Saturday 16 November and then visits MAC Birmingham on Sunday the 17th.
“The incident isn’t actually talked about in huge detail in Burgerz,” explains Travis. “It's more of a catalyst for what’s happening during the show, which is cooking a burger on stage with a random volunteer each night. It’s not a show to regurgitate all the violence I've experienced. What’s stayed with me isn’t the fact that a burger was thrown at me, it’s more the fact that on a busy London bridge in broad daylight, people saw what happened and carried on walking by.”
Travis is thinking about taking his show into schools: “I’d obviously have to edit out a lot of things that wouldn’t be appropriate. Maybe it's something for the future, but I do think we need to have stuff about gender and trans covered in schools. I think you have to get people thinking differently from a very young age.”
Burgerz is being presented on Sunday at MAC as part of SHOUT Festival 2019. To find out more about the show and Travis, check out the interview in the Features section of midlandszone.co.uk
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