Alp Haydar's One Night with Maya Angelou

Nightlife , Cabaret and burlesque
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Alp Haydar's 'one-man pantomimes' are unique fusions of green-screen CGI animation, puppyish audience rapport, outrageously exuberant sexuality and affecting emotional narrative, setting explorations of gay Muslim identity against a backdrop of disaster-movie set-ups, pervy robots and the ruins of Atlantis. Think modern vs conservative, pride vs shame, Shirley Bassey vs Allah… This latest story follows the cliffhanger conclusion to Alp's month-long RVT run, in which the lead character's demented mother flew out of an asylum window holding a simulacrum of her dead son made of shit. Cut to a Louisiana bayou, where acclaimed poet Maya Angelou is waiting…