Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Quasi is a solo performed and choreographed by Andrew Graham. It was created as an independent project at the Laban Centre, and performed in London at the Bonnie Bird Theatre, the Shunt Lounge, and the Courtauld Institute of Art. The project is mainly influenced by the works of Le Théâtre du Soleil, Quentin Crisp and Judith Butler. In Quasi, gender is investigated as a systematic subject of fantasy. How do we reconcile the natural and the artificial skin when we face our wardrobes? The piece has an ironic and horrific feeling as the intriguing protagonist ambiguously twists the audience's perceptions. He is frolicking with the tools we use to create gender, desanctifying gender roles. In creating Quasi, Andrew aimed to make a metaphoric painting of his own sexual shock. Together, the artist and the character are manipulating fiction and reality in search of a fundamental truth. They are shaking the dress codes as a dancer would change the choreological order.