World mythology fuses with contemporary pop music
GREENFIELD, MA- Set in a world where water is rapidly rising and borders are massively disintegrating, “Queer & Now: Sync or Swim” follows seven mythological deities overcoming struggles rooted in rampant sexism, corporate greed, and climate change. Told through a series of vignettes, the production takes ancient world mythology and fuses it with contemporary pop music to embrace our impending future.
“Sync or Swim” features a variety of mythological figures from across the world: the Merrows and the Selkies (Ireland/Scotland); Mami Wata (West Africa); Circe, Nemesis, Narcissus, Demeter, and Antigone (all from Greece). Each of these characters is brought to life with drag, lip-syncing, and dance, inserting these ancient stories directly into our current culture and climate.
“Sync or Swim” dismantles, rearranges, and reinvents world order. It is a ceremony where audiences witness young drag performers raising awareness to the global evils at play.
The mythological content of “Sync or Swim” points to the urgent call for divine femininity. It is what the world needs in order to overcome the damages to the social and natural climate of the Earth.
Founded in 2017, Queer & Now is an unapologetically feminist, trans-inclusive, futuristic-devised physical theater company that combines drag, lip syncing, and dance to create evenings of joy, liberation, and empowerment for its performers and audiences. In 2018, the Queer & Now team shape-shifted and produced “Sync or Swim,” beginning with a successful debut on the UMass Amherst campus in December 2018, followed by a tour to NYC at West Chelsea Arts in April 2019.
“Sync or Swim” returns home to the Pioneer Valley on Friday, January 17, and Saturday, January 18, with performances at Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 7:30 pm, show begins at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 to $25 on a sliding scale.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit hawksandreed.com.