Premiering Thursday October 11
Runs Th-Sa through October 20
Joe Goode Annex 8PM tickets here

design: Kevin Clarke photo: RJ Muna

Presented by Joe Goode Performance Group, Girl is an evening-length collaboration between Monique Jenkinson (in the guise of her drag queen persona Fauxnique) and electronic composer Marc Kate.  Girl questions masculinist power by speaking to the feminine in everyone with the questions: “Who is the girl in you?, What could you tell her?”

The work draws on horror tropes, especially that of the “final girl” to address power, fear, violence, control, gender, difference and redemption. As title and theme, Girl carries a single-word critique pointing to the trivialization of women – “girl.” Despite a potentially bleak outlook as the performers confront the horrors of the world – bouts of nihilism and feminist rage – they’re also invested in hope.

Jenkinson brings her drag queen persona, Fauxnique, into the contemporary dance realm to challenge and play with discourses that essentialize “Woman.” She uses drag, dance, vocalization, and sound synthesis to embody tensions and harmonies within and around the gender binary.

 Adhering to the principle of sound as a bodily, choreographic element, composer Kate manipulates his and Fauxnique’s spoken and sung vocals in real time and space, using the manipulated vocals (“othered” through synthesis) as elements in a score that he improvises live.

 This is the first full collaboration between Jenkinson and Kate, life partners who’ve been together for decades. Their history of intimacy will be a subtle motor under this work.

High Tea to raise funds for Gravity’s Artist Services Programs. I will read from my memoir-in-progress and other great performers include Gabriel Christian, Antoine Hunter’s Urban Jazz Dance Company, Sara Shelton Mann, Rachael Dichter, Jose Abad, and dance films by AXIS Dance/Alex Ketley and Marc Brew, with American Sign Language interpretation and live audio description.
2PM
Tickets here

In November I was honored to be part of Bridge Project 2017: Radical Movements, presented by Hope Mohr Dance

Doubly honored to be in conversation with Gender Theory pioneer and renowned theorist Judith Butler. Here are some images from our embodied conversation, ‘Ordinary Practices of the Radical Body’ – capturing the moments when we were talking about precarity and vulnerability.

Photo: Arturo Cosenza from Dance Magazine

I am completely honored & thrilled to be in conversation with Judith Butler at Counterpulse as part of Hope Mohr Dance’s Bridge Project.

It is a rare thing to be in live, embodied conversation with a thinker who made one’s work possible. This will be special.

The entire program is stellar. Radical Movements: Gender & Politics in Performance at Counterpulse