Nico Tortorella performs poetry barefoot in Texas
While in Austin promoting the new season of “Younger” at the ATX TV Festival, Nico Tortorella took a break to perform poetry from their new collection “all of it is you.”
We’re told around 100 people gathered at Native Hostel in downtown Austin on Saturday for what Tortorella called a “sound bath.”
“Tortorella would record their voice and make it loop or echo in the background. Not too much in terms of music. They also distorted their voice to sound almost alien or robotic for some of the readings,” a spy told us of Tortorella, who is gender non-confirming and prefers the pronouns “they” and “them.”
The spy added, “Honestly felt a little bit like I was being hypnotized.”
The performance went on for an hour and 45 minutes, and we’re told us the crowd loved it and lined up to speak with Tortorella after it was over.
“They were going for a purity/natural vibe,” the spy said, adding, “They were barefoot. I was like, ‘Oh, we are going very spiritual guru here.’”
Another source told us, “It was about God, but they were also kind of saying they were God.”
Tortorella recently opened up to Playboy about identity, saying, “I have begun to break down the binary construct of gender, male and female, and its emphasis on ‘division.’ It is no secret that we are markedly divided here in the United States and abroad. Binary pronouns ‘he’ and ‘she’ tend to be divisive, which is one of the many reasons I have started using they/them pronouns for myself.”
A day before their performance, Tortorella was on a panel discussing “Breaking Down the Binary” at the TV festival when they were interrupted by a homophobic man in a robot costume who was quickly escorted out of the building.
“If anyone knows of said robot, please send him some love today. I would love to have a conversation with him in the future,” Tortorella tweeted.
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