WOW, it is absolutely bonkers crazy time right now for me!  Not that I’m complaining, but the dogs are barking and the jumping sheep are getting restless with no nighttime hurdles over my bed.  But, I’ve got SO many exciting performance projects in the works.

I just closed the exciting and well received stage adaptation of John Cassavetes SHADOWS, conceived and directed in collabortion with Alec Duffy and his awesome company Hoi Polloi.  We got a lot of love for SHADOWS and uncharacteristically (wink wink) the majority of my friends and peers in the performance community geeked out about the execution and Alec Duffy’s translation of an admittedly flawed film into an exciting grin-inducing theatrical experience.

Now, i’m back in the studio with Jay Scheib and his explosive company diving into the home-stretch of our creation WORLD OF WIRES, an adaptation of a Rainer Werner Fassbinder television miniseries from 1973.

But, first!!

I have been trying to find the right constellation of factors to collaborate with LA based conceptual video artist Wu Tsang.  After a lovely, and early morning, skype interview over tea we decided now (albeit super quick) we could collaborate on a live performance Wu is creating for Performa 2011, to show at the New Museum on November 19th.  The piece is called FULL BODY QUOTATION, a bit more information from the Performa website.

“Full Body Quotation brings together an ensemble of performers and sound-makers for an evening soiree hosted by Wu Tsang, who is joined by DJ Total Freedom. The centerpiece is a choral performance and a living sculpture, in which Tsang and his performers channel a chorus of voices sampled from the known (and unknown) canon of transgender cinema. Voices and bodies blend together into a hydra-headed, polyglotinous beast, staring back at onlookers across the boundaries of time and space with fifteen unblinking pairs of eyes—the apotheosis of a glamorous yet terrifying new mythical reality.

FBQ is an austere interpretation of drag culture and revelry as it has been caught on camera by films and news media of past decades. In the tradition of realness, Tsang maintains a studied and irreverent relationship to the source material, calling into question the authenticity of narrative, self-presentation, and intention.”

We’ve already begun working on mimetically reproducing text from Jennie Livingston’s influential and problematic documentary PARIS IS BURNING, as well as a showstopping monologue (that’s i’m VERY excited to perform) originally spoken by the Legendary Crystal LaBeija in the 1968 documentary film THE QUEEN.

Rehearsing at the Lobby Theatre in the New Museum (l to r; Nicholas Gorham, Cherrye Davis, Wu Tsang, Desiree Burch, Mikeah Ernest Jennings)

I can’t wait to unleash this beast!

WU TSANGFULL BODY QUOTATION

  • Saturday, November 19, 7:00 pm

New Museum Theater MAP
$10 New Museum Members, $12 General Public

 

 

 

 

 

 

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