Killjoy

Killjoy. A person who deliberately spoils the enjoyment of others. Luanda Casella uses the killjoy figure as someone who is ready to denounce violence, even when that requires creating discomfort.The pleasant predictability of a television quiz gradually gives way to a much tougher thought exercise. 

Participants try to answer questions ‘correctly’. It is a mind game in which points are handed out. But what does such accomplishment say about the quality of someone’s knowledge? One might know things about the world but not necessarily understand the complexities behind the facts one knows.  

Killjoy Quiz subverts the idea of ‘scoring points on knowledge’ by proposing a game without a winner, where learning how to enter into dialogue is the ultimate goal. Words are powerful and eloquence is a weapon. The cunning multiple choice questions in this production will mercilessly expose a number of our preconceptions.    

In Sarah Ahmed’s Killjoy Manifesto, the killjoy denounces the violent nature of ideologies. How? By exposing the manipulative force of the language and rhetoric that shape them. Luanda Casella creates a performance, inspired by Ahmed’s manifesto.  

Which dominant discourses do we all maintain, consciously or unconsciously? How does language seduce our thinking collectively and individually? How do we position ourselves on key issues such as misogyny, racism, migration, economic imperialism, education, gender equality, ecology...?