“Stories about hugs” is a migrant/queer gay community project and a research-based physical theatre play. Danilo Jovanović questions dominant narratives within the gay/queer migrant communities in Vienna. The reflection of interconnections between (auto)homophobia and racism as well as the self reflection of queer/gay migrants on their roles as men* and the questions of manhood and toxic masculinity are being asked. The project also addresses themes such as “solidarity inside gay community”; “shame regarding showing vulnerability”; “racist narratives on dating applications” and many more.
The approach of Danilo Jovanović to work within the communities in forms of workshops; to address these complex and vulnerable topics through physical work and to transform them into a theatre play where the body is used as a tool for creative expression and empowerment conviced the jury. We believe in the power of the visualization of these often underprivileged bodies and voices and the possibility of a collective healing through the project “Stories about hugs”. (Jury statement)
Danilo Jovanović is a physical theatre performer and director from former Yugoslavia, currently based in Vienna. In his artistic production Danilo connects theatre with the roots of his art expression – writing poetry and engagement in the queer activism. As he truly believes in theatre as a community act and a platform for sharing knowledge and experience especially with those who have less access to resources, at the end of 2019 with the group of like minded people he founded Complicit – Physical Theatre Collective in Vienna. Sharing and spreading the vision of theatre based on an open soul phenomenon rather than acting is the main intention of Danilo’s work.