LQQK, The Way I Look, is my first visual EP featuring 6 original songs, choreographies, and concepts in a digital format. With glam-electro pop sound, high quality filmmaking, performance art, and athletic dance, LQQK, The Way I Look celebrates queer thought, physicality, form, and function. Think Beyoncé's Lemonade - I will explore my history and most intimate experiences with sexual identity.
LQQK is slated to be my most personal work yet; it is a declaration of my own queer presence and pride. This is me - who I am, how I think, and where I am going. Through the songwriting I cracked through my own inauthenticities and developed a fuller expression of myself. At the end of the day, LQQK is the dream come true from a fearful youth to a multifaceted artist.
In July/August of 2016, José and dancer Rebecca Hidalgo performed the section "yes this is about you" from LQQK in Berlin, DE. José later went to perform the music for this section during pride in Amsterdam, NL.
The first workshop of 'LQQK, the Way I Look' occurred June 30th, 2016, 9:30pm at La Luz NYC in Brooklyn. It featured performances by DJ Average Jo, Rify Royalty, Blake Deadly, Andriana Santiago, and the section "yes this is about you" from the first preview of José's new work LQQK. We raised over $1,000 at the door which we donated to the families of our brothers and sisters in Orlando. "Yes this is About You" from LQQK was also workshopped in late June/early July 2016 at All Boats Bushwick, Chez Bushwick, the Silent Barn, and Union Square, NYC during pride weekend in varied formats.
"Yes this is about you" credits
Performed by Dani Albertina, Tatiana Baccari, Andrew Chung, Vincent Donato, Unnur Eggertsdóttir, Marious Augustous Galeanous, Rebecca Marie Hidalgo, Donovan Mendelovitz, Ashton Muñiz, Keila Muñoz, Erin Repp, Michael Roscoe, and José Rivera Jr..
Written, Directed, and Choreographed by José Rivera Jr..
Sound Production by Henry Ott, Steve Conroy, José Rivera Jr. | Original Tracks by SOPHIE
Video by Matt Sparks
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