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|David Bloom is a playwright, director, actor and co-founder of Felix Culpa with a penchant for Mamet and the weird. David’s plays have been produced by Green Thumb, Studio 58, Felix Culpa, Carousel, Axis Theatre, Canadian Phoenix and the University of British Columbia. He co-teaches interdisciplinary collaborative creation at the new Bachelor of Performing Arts program based at Capilano University.
As of this post he is kickstarting a naughty interdisciplinary event, AlienSex, for the Queer Arts Festival. He is also guest programming Brief Encounters 21, May 8-10 at Guilt & Co, which brings together 10 artists of disparate disciplines – from poetry to puppetry, visual arts to mixology – into 5 pairs, giving them 2 weeks to create a brand new collaborative work.
I’m currently reading Beyond Binary, an anthology of speculative fiction featuring characters who “proudly define (and redefine) their own genders, sexualities, identities and so much in between.” Like any anthology, some of the works engage me more than others, but there are some truly brilliant stories, and I’ve discovered authors whose work I didn’t know about before. I recommend it to anybody who likes speculative stories.
As it happens I picked up Beyond Binary on the recommendation of Floyd VB , the performance poet who is part of Brief Encounters 21. They told me about it because of a project we’re developing called AlienSex which explores a wide range of sexuality, gender and human connection/disconnection. Just before reading the anthology, I re-read Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, a classic SF book about a world in which everyone is of the same gender. Amazing piece of work. Still one of my all-time favourites.