Hex – a response by David Cuskelly



Very easily – Hex impressed me last night.

The performance itself was smart, had moments of humour, moments of sex, moments of loss, of life and well portrayed our brothers’ and sisters’ stories of resilience, opposition, battle, endurance, strength, continuation and hope. I liked the way Hex depicts our Gay & Lesbian history. Moving through that huge shift; where everyone at the time experienced loss and those that made it to the other side ensured those left behind are remembered. Very nice work James.

The only emotion that the performance seemed to miss was fear. It then occurred to me – James is too young to have experienced any of that initial fear. He has only ever known a world with HIV.

Then something else occurred to me: I’d actually ignored that the newer generations of the GLBTIQ community have only ever known a world with HIV. When did I close my eyes to that? Then James got me thinking even further – we don’t share our stories and experiences any more with each other as we once did.

Then I read the programme – James thinks the same thing!


I relished (and really still do) in the tales from Doug, the stories from David B. and all the experiences my older brother freely shared with me. These three men shared everything. From the good, to the absolutely hysterical, to the horribly terrifying.

It was amazing to have such a think tank at my disposal and I really got to appreciate everything that my brothers and sisters – the broader queer community – had personally experienced and intervened with to alter the future.

Is it that the youth of today do not listen to the tales of the past, or is it that my peers are not sharing their lives and loves as they once did?

I don’t know what the answer is – but I agree whole heartedly with James. We need to spark greater intergenerational conversation, and yes I mean both ways.

The show itself is very emotive and it made me reflect on my own thought process and my subsided and startlingly lacking involvement with GLBTIQ social commentary.

Last night’s performance has ignited something within that makes me want to ACT UP and fight AIDS all over again and again and again!

Thank you Hex.


A new dance work on AIDS memory, activism, sex and the disco from the perspective of Gen Y choreographer James Welsby at fortyfivedownstairs, 6 – 11 May 2014.
For more information on HEX, call 03 9662 9966 or visit http://www.fortyfivedownstairs.com

One thought on “Hex – a response by David Cuskelly

  1. Pingback: Hex – a response by David Cuskelly – Living Positive Victoria | Next Wave Media Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s