There are 72 countries where homosexuality is still outlawed. In some of them, the penalty is death.
GlitterGods/Stigma is an ode to marginalized and discriminated people from the LGBTQI+ community, as well as a homage to the figures that fought for the freedom we enjoy now in certain countries.
With ballroom culture as a metaphor for acceptance, community and inclusion, the piece focuses on the friction between freedom and oppression, referencing events part of the LGBTQI+ history: Stonewall, Pride, the Pulse massacre, Chechnya's gay concentration camps, etc. The bodies of the dancers move between opposite ideas and are placed in a catwalk-like stage. De Vega creates a set of restrictions (physical, spatial, rhythmical...) through which the dancers need to find their freedom, their way to shine as Glittergods.
In this dance of opposites that is life, we can decide who and what we want to be. It’s up to us to accept or reject, to hate or to love!