Dido’s Lament – NOWNESS

New York-based director Andrew Ondrejcak presents an experimental take on the traditional operatic diva, replacing them with queer and trans performers who are on the forefront of contemporary performance. Lip-synching to Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (1689), they infuse energy and meaning to the iconic myth—which receives a radical update for 2018. The film, featuring Love Bailey, Bebe Huxley, and make-up star Gottmilk—among others—centres on Purcell’s lingering lyrics: “Remember me, remember me, but never forget my fate.” It is a chilling reflection on the treatment and experience of marginalized LGBTQIA+ communities across the world.

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