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We love divas.
Gays love divas.
Oh, I just wondered what you meant.
Because there are some women here who
consider themselves divas who should be
shot on sight.
I’m talking about Billie Holiday, Melina
Mercouri, Maria Callas, to whom you
bear more than a resemblance in looks
and multi-octave vocal ability.
Oh well, thank you. (Laughs) Well, here
anything that sits down to piss is a diva
and that includes drag queens, honey.
Some drag queens are divas and some
are not and they really need to be slapped
with a fucking shovel to be kept in their
place. ‘Diva’ means that you are able to
do what you’re doing and be able to go
through all the physiological infractions
of being a woman. I consider that to be an
absolute contest of the will against itself.
You never wanted children. You told me
you “chose the path of Artemis which
was not to be breeding”.
Thank you. I love it when someone
remembers that which I consider to be
one of the most important statements
I’ve ever made. I just don’t understand
[childbearing]. I love it in Farrah Fawcett
films. I love seeing Farrah breed in those
films – I adore Farrah Fawcett, I mean,
Farrah could have taken me over the
fence probably at one point. Every time
I see Farrah’s face – even now – I look
at her and I’m filled with such absolute
love that I have no idea how far that
could have taken me. I haven’t proven
anything to the lesbian world with my
activities which have been unfortunately
exclusively with heterosexual rough trade,
which never lasts very long…
Your lesbian crush is Farrah Fawcett?
(Wailing) I’m really sorry! But you know
if I like male white trash, don’t you think
she’s a good fucking female equivalent,
How about Anna Nicole Smith?
(Horrified) Oh no! That is much too much
woman for me. Oh my god. That is too
much woman. Oh what a mess! She’s like
a bad LSD trip with a wide-angle lens. I
couldn’t have it, no. I think Farrah’s far
more demure and far more talented. Oh,
she’s beautiful Farrah is. I don’t care what
they do to her face. She’s just gorgeous!
Can I bring this interview back to a
I think that’s very serious!
Your image is very androgynous.
I’ve heard this since a very early age.
I walk down the street and some guy
will say, “Hey dude,” like I’m trying to
play with being a man and I don’t even
know who they’re talking to. I’m always
amazed to hear it because I don’t even
think in those terms. If I look at myself
in the mirror I say, ‘Oh that’s a broad.’
I’m not really aware of any of that and on
stage I’m not aware of anything except
the necessity to do my job really well.
Your presence is huge.
I’m only 5’6. I think there is something
about performing that does something
with our spines.
The material possesses you, as if you’re
conducting an exorcism.
If I’m performing correctly then I feel this
way. If something were to go wrong or if
I were to feel ill, then you can’t always
feel like that. The very best you feel [is]
that you are not alone on stage and you’re
just a vessel for something else that’s
bigger than you and that’s something that
artists have said from time immemorial.
That’s why we train so we can be ready
for that which is a gift. It is a gift which
seems to surpass so many other gifts. It’s
very ephemeral, unfortunately. You don’t
remember the next day at all.
Defixiones: Orders From the Dead deals
with the Armenian genocide. Are you
aware of the genocide of our Indigenous
I’ve heard this before and I’m always
astonished to hear that it takes hundreds
if not thousands of years for things to be
corrected in the books. There are books
that have been destroyed concerning the
Pontic Greek, the Smyrnaic Greek and
the Assyrian genocides – the Assyrian
genocides are continuing today in Iraq by
people who hate the Iraqi Assyrians. And
people don’t even know about it.
I’m willing to harass people all the time
You were raised Greek Orthodox.
What’s your religion?
Practice what you preach. And I get in
a lot of trouble because of it. The old
line, and this would apply to Farrah: “If
I have one life to live, let me live it as
a blonde.” Spoken as a brunette. I don’t
believe in reincarnation, we don’t have
that much time on this planet, we have
the opportunity to do all these things: to
fuck with our enemies, to do favours for
friends, and have a lovely time and we
have the opportunity to do it and some of
us are luckier than others.
Why would you want to be blonde?
Well, that’s what I mean. It’s a Clairol ad,
but I’ve always wanted to appropriate it.
(Pause) You want me to have a blonde.
I can hear you on the phone trying to
get me to get a blonde like all my other
lesbian friends. “Come on Diamanda,
it’s time. It’s 2005, get those stupid men
out of your life and get that broad. She’s
waiting for you.”
I’m not trying to convert you!
Yes you are; you homosexuals are always
trying to convert us. And you know what?
(Screaming) God, I wish it were fucking
possible!!! Where’s that electroshock?
Bring it over here Bertha!
Well, after your shock therapy let’s
talk. I’m kind of blonde…
(Laughing) I bet you are. You’ve made
my fucking day.
Diamanda Galás performs:
Defixiones: Orders from
October 7 Melbourne, The
Arts Centre, Hamer Hall
Songs of Exile
October 10 Melbourne,
The Arts Centre, Hamer Hall
1300 136 166 www.
Guilty, Guilty, Guilty
October 13 Brisbane, QPAC
Concert Hall, Bookings
136 246 www.qtix.com.au
October 16 Adelaide, Adelaide
Town Hall, Bookings 131 246
October 21 Sydney, State
Theatre, Bookings 132 849
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