Tell us about Tourist.
Tourist is a show that I wrote as a way to process coming out as trans non-binary. Comedy and a deep appreciation for the surrealism of daily life have allowed me to handle complex and difficult things throughout my life. Tourist reflects this.
The piece is a multidisciplinary exploration of identity through the lens of modern dating apps, asking the question “what if you could date yourself?” Pulling in elements of sketch comedy, video installation, theatre, and performance art I move through six different increasingly absurd character vignettes to explore different facets of myself.
Describe your show in three words.
Absurd identity crisis.
Why should someone come to see your show?
My show explores identity in a comedic and nuanced way. I portray different exaggerated versions of the parts of myself that I have often battled with. Anyone who can relate to that would enjoy it, as well as anyone who can relate to struggling through the dating world.
If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
Mystique, because of her ability to shift identities and take on the lives and personalities of other people.
If you could see only one show at the Halifax Fringe Festival this year, besides your own, what show would that be?
Wow, this is a hard one! I am so excited for so many. I think I would have to choose Flourish: Seeds & Needs. I really want to see more work by other non-binary and trans people, and I am getting more and more interested in dance and movement work these days!
#FringeDuJour is a peek at some of the shows coming to this year’s Halifax Fringe Festival. We’ve asked Fringe artists to answer a few questions to entice you to see what they have to offer and to help cross-pollinate the Fringe.
For Even More Information
The 2019 Halifax Fringe Festival runs August 29 – September 8 at various venues around Halifax. Visit halifaxfringe.ca for tickets and information.