Live work in music theatre and installation

The High Seas of Dysphoria

Drawing on her vast experience singing classical repertoire, associate artist Lucia Lucas developed a staging concept for ‘Die Frist ist um’ from Wagner’s Der Fliegende Höllander, in collaboration with Oedipa, who produced three performances in London in summer 2016. Likening the Dutchman’s exhaustion and endless battle with the sea to lived experience of gender dysphoria, Lucia’s performance of the aria set the formidable force of Wagner’s music in a new context — the immense, self-derived power to transition.

Supported by the Artists’ International Development Fund, and with performances accompanied by pianist Katherine Tinker, the project was an experiment in queering operatic repertoire, and bringing the repertoire into queer spaces using conventions from drag performance.

The Highs Seas of Dysphoria was presented in association with and at Bar Wotever, and at Milk Presents and The Glory.