Queer NY International Arts Festival: CHOKRA
By John Hutt
CHOKRA performs 'Al-Mtsaalh Haal (Trucial Case)' at the Watermill Center on Dec. 18, 2010. Photograph by Hronn Alexisdottir
CHOKRA is a one-man Diwali—spinning and throwing clouds of colors that are as much a part of his performance as the music and his clothes.
Included in the Queer NY International Arts Festival, CHOKRA (Conscious Hoarding Of Kinetic Rage Associated) performs Zawaj Al Khaleej, a futuristic, hyper-glamorous, and hybrid cultural rendition of an "Arabian Gulf marriage ceremony," Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Abrons Arts Center in New York City. The creative explosion is set to last approximately 30 minutes and audience members are asked to wear white—but don't expect to leave untouched. With everything a part of the performance, you'll probably leave with a bit more color in your life, so be prepared.
A New York-based performance artist originally from the United Arab Emirates, CHOKRA was clearly influenced by Western pop music but he combines—think of it as David Bowie-meets-an Arabian-GWAR—and is willing to take musical and artistic risks for his multi-sensory spectacle. In his own verbiage, it's a "multi-lingual scripts of algorithmic video with poetic rhymes in Arabic, Urdu, and English." But who knows, with his Gulf Marriage performance this week—he might just get married, too.
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CHOKRA performs "Zahrat Al Qiyamah (Flowers Of Ascension)," on Novemebr 1, 2012. Photo by Bong Warra