Tomorrow We Inherit the Earth (The Queer Intifada)
photos by Robbie Sweeny
Words via Zulfikar Bhutto:
Tomorrow We Inherit the Earth is an experimental multimedia theatrical performance that takes a peak into a speculative future, a post-post-apocalyptic world where a small band of resistance fighters must try and survive. Taking inspiration from resistance movements In this performance the world has entered The Third Intifada, a global uprising in which queer bodies take centre stage and succeed where previous anti-imperialist struggles have failed. However, all is not perfect and as each day progresses these fighters must try and stay resilient in the face of constant assault. Muslim esoteric practices and historical beliefs in necromancy, mysticism and numerology are all deployed in this piece, serving as an experiment in Queer Muslim Futurist aesthetics, raising the question: How can the Muslim imaginary be used as a foundation for a distinctly queer and Muslim future?
The piece was collaboratively composed, written and choreographed by Fanaa, Saba Taj, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (Faluda Islam), jose e abad and Crystal Mason (Ham), with costumes and visuals designed by Hushidar Mortezaie, video projections by Anum Awan and set design by MACROWAVES. Dramaturgical advise was facilitated by Yas Ahmed and Kathy Zarur moderated a post-performance discussion on June 21, 2019.
It was shown as a performance at CounterPulse Theater, San Francisco as part of the National Queer Arts Festival in June of 2019.
13 minute excerpt of 50 minute performance. Documentation by Mark Mcbeth.