Event: Melanie Menard, Tricyclic Transform (70m)
Melanie Menard presents Tricyclic Transform, a solo musical cabaret exploring genderqueer identity with songs and drag. Join Miss Liliane, ‘biologically-challenged drag-queen’, round the gender wheel as they try to negotiate restrictive gender-roles by performing symbolic rituals and re-enacting iconic songs, trying on identities as they try on clothes and pitches.
Tricyclic Transform goes beyond the ‘private confessional’ nature of many queer solo performance, using ‘Lynchian’ cabaret and German Expressionism aesthetics to explore the alienation of enforced gender roles on individuals from a full spectrum of psychological perspectives.
20 songs span several genres (Torch songs, jazz, musicals, gospel, European Cabaret/Chanson, ‘storytelling’ songs by Johnny Cash, Scott Walker), united by a dramatic delivery and focused on archetypes: sacrificial femininity, Lilith (Predatory Femininity), Androgyne, Dionysos (Broken Man). The theatrical presentation mixes popular alt-drag cabaret with live-art aesthetics including on-stage costume change, breast binding and destroying make-up. Judith Butler takes on RuPaul’s Drag Race!
Photographs I took at Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage back in 2014 were shown at ‘Bohemian Like Me’ LGBTQ art exhibition in Cambridge earlier this month. Read a review of the show on Varsity Mag. I lived in Cambridge between 2005 and 2011 and the queer cultural scene was not really visible, so it’s really cool that people organised this show, it got good reception, especially from young people who welcomed the visibility.
I’ll be performing a short 20 minutes version of Tricyclic Transform as part of Panic Sermons Act II : A collection of riotous acts by ground breaking live art practitioners. I have the feeling I’ll be the lil’ Drag Sissy and old fashioned tea-sipping torch singer having a mild neurotic attack among all the big bad body-artists 😀
SheFest 2017 in collaboration with 35 Chapel Walk presents ‘In Plain Sight’, an exhibition to challenge, persist and celebrate. SheFest is a flagship celebration as part of International Women’s Day, promoting gender equality and developing supportive networks for self-defining women.
It is important to celebrate the empowerment of women and the steps that we are making with progressive feminism. However, it is also essential that we highlight and challenge the problems that women all over the world still face every day as a result of patriarchy and misogyny. ‘In Plain Sight’ brings together a diverse variety of national and international artists to make a stand against restrictive, destructive and anti-progressive societal “norms” and pressures applied by androcentric values and politics.
Virginia Woolf once famously said; “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman”. Well no more. ‘In Plain Sight’ captures the current unrest amongst women today and encourages persistence in the face of ever challenging patriarchal adversities.
Patriarchy: A system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it. Misogyny: Dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women. Androcentric : Something that is focused or centred on men.
#cam4art broadcasts performances live from bedrooms, galleries, schools and anywhere with a webcam and an internet connection.
#cam4art 2016 is an online webcam-based performance art event taking place between Friday 25th to Wednesday 30th November that responds to digital intimacy and internet culture. It is a unique event that grants artists the autonomy to broadcast from bedrooms/schools/galleries and anywhere with a webcam and an internet connection.
During the event, a link on cam4art.com will direct viewers to a live-stream site where artists from across the world will stream their performances live. Subsequently, each performance will be documented and archived on the #cam4art website for viewers to watch after the live-stream has ended.
The Dissenters’ Gallery exhibition presents the output from the event breaking the connection to the internet and allowing individuals and group audiences to view and discuss the work face-to-face.