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Co-directors Bruno Isaković and Nataša Rajković spent several months with four Argentinian sex workers, leading to their theater piece, Yira, yira (Cruising, cruising,) which reveals aspects of sex work we rarely think about. Performed by the sex workers, and through their stories, we enter the world of sex work defined both by personal choice and circumstances. We also become aware that at the same time we are talking about work conditions in general, demand and supply curves in an open market, margins and centers and social powers that come with those positions. Sex work therefore becomes a complex crossroad of economy, sex, gender, age, power dynamics, class, and choice. When we think about the exchange of money for sex, we usually consider only the clients who pay sex workers for their service, but what is the full price in reality and who pays it in the end? Clients with their money or sex workers with their social status, legal insecurities and other risks that come with the job?
Join us after the performance on Feb 7 for a post-show conversation with the artists and NYU Professor Dilara Çalışkan.
Content advisory: Please note this performance contains nudity and explores mature themes. This performance will be spoken in Spanish with English supertitles.
Bruno Isaković is a performer and choreographer living in Zagreb, Croatia. He graduated contemporary dance in Amsterdam and Rotterdam and has received various scholarships, as well as Jury Award and Best Solo Dance at the Solo Dance International Festival in Budapest, along with a Croatian National Award in 2016 as the best choreographer. His solo Denuded (2013) toured to over 35 countries around the world, from New York, Tokyo, London, Sao Paolo to Hobart. He is the artistic director of the Sounded Bodies Festival in Zagreb, Croatia.
Nataša Rajković is a theatre director, dramaturg, writer, producer and former artistic director of the Culture of Change within the Student Centre in Zagreb. She currently teaches at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. Collaborating with the theatre director Bobo Jelčić, they developed their own theatre concept, won numerous awards, and toured venues and festivals with their performances all over Europe. Culture of Change (co-)productions have been awarded with more than 50 national and international awards and recognitions, establishing a new generation of artists from all fields of artistic creation. Most recently Nataša directed Astronaut Wittgenstein at the renowned Wiener Festwochen in Austria.
Zvonimir Dobrović (curator)
Founder and Artistic Director of Queer Zagreb and Perforations festivals as well as Executive Producer of Sounded Bodies Festival in Croatia. He has been an invited curator of festivals and performing arts programs around the world and regularly presents and produces up to 80 public events a year in Croatia and internationally. He has extensive experience and expertise in arts management and fundraising. He edited over 40 books, taught arts management and curating classes as guest speaker at numerous Universities, Academies and other formal and informal education programs including Yale, Columbia and NYU.
The Queer New York International Festival is partially funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, City of Zagreb – Office for Culture and Goethe-Institut New York.
NYU Skirball’s programs are made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; and by Howard Gilman Foundation; FUSED (French U.S. Exchange in Dance), a program of FACE Foundation in partnership with Villa Albertine; General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA; Collins Building Services; Korean Cultural Center New York, Marta Heflin Foundation; Harkness Foundation for Dance; as well as our valued donors through memberships, commissioning, and Stage Pass Fund support.