When Ninth Planet came together with Brandi Burgess in December 2017 to make a new performance for young audiences, we committed to examining co-authorship as both philosophy and practice. We saw this work as an opportunity to collectively vision a future that does not yet exist; one that will be shaped by young queer, trans*, non-binary people, and people of color. Honey Honey is being co-authored by an ensemble of 13 creators, performers, writers and musicians made up predominantly of artists from the aforementioned communities.
Our methodologies are rooted in consensus, collective reflection and visioning, and long-term commitment to the growth of individuals. As artists of mixed identities (race, gender, and sexuality), we acknowledge the oppressive structures we have inherited from formalized performance training, and how they have influenced us as individuals. We know we cannot achieve justice for queer and trans* artists and artists of color in our sector until we undo the effects of a creative process driven by the vision and decision-making of singular playwrights/auteurs. Our aim is to use our various levels of privilege to disrupt the paradigm that leaves these stories at the margin, especially in the field of performance for young audiences.
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