« Pinkie Ponkie » is a quirky celebration of the gay aesthetics that has inspired Thierry Smits’s creative output, and which over time have become references for everyone. It pits two men against each other on a highly camp playing field.
Set to the iconic pop music of the LGTBQIA+ movements, or simply hijacking the classical repertoire, their more or less stripped back choreographies reinvent the aesthetics of an entire pantheon of iconic figures, everybody from Jean Cocteau to Lil Nas X, with nods en passant to Jean Genet, Marlene Dietrich, Robert Mapplethorpe, Gilbert & Georges, Lady Gaga, to name but some. The two protagonists make an assault on these references, without hesitating either to make fun of them or to over-sexualise them. As the acknowledged heirs of “Pink Narcisssus” and a “gaytitude” which may well be on the verge of extinction, they fuse levity and humour in order to forge a series of psychedelic visions.