After playing NYC, London, Provincetown, Seattle & New Orleans, Faux Real with Fauxnique returns to San Francisco, playing the gorgeous new Oasis.

Tickets: http://bit.ly/fauxrealwithfauxnique

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Monique Jenkinson appears as her drag queen alter-ego Fauxnique in the latest incarnation of her ever-evolving one-woman-show!

What does it take to be a real drag queen? Though women have ruled as role models for generations of queens, drag is still known as the ultimate boys club. Fauxnique and Faux Real turn the clubhouse upside down. Not only does Fauxnique ‘lipsynch for her life,’ but she also dances, sings and offers some philosophical musings on artifice and authenticity. Faux Real revels in the tension between the glamour of performance and the intimacy of presence.

Be ready for high heel stunts, hero worship, remembrance of gay prom dates past & fervid femme feminism.

Praise for Faux Real:
‘…her revelatory and inspirational show Faux Real deploys Trannyshack-schooled drag, pro athlete caliber dance, and first-person dialogue to mine diamond truths about the relationship between women and gay men. It’s on a par with the 1990 film version of Sandra Bernhard’s Without You I’m Nothing.’
- Johnny Ray Huston, SF Bay Guardian
‘artfully grapples with glamour, artifice, ballet…’ Time Out London
‘amazingly skillful performance’ – Leah Garchik, SF Chronicle
‘campy, intellectual juxtaposition of pop culture and high art’ – Evan James, San Francisco Magazine

I just made a new piece that I loved performing as part of the series ‘Turning Up the Volume: 5 Artists Respond to Keith Haring: the Political Line’. Such an honor.

 

Two huge honors:

Beautility, my site specific solo for the City Hall staircase, was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for individual performance.

I was one of the inaugural recipients of the Della Davidson Prize, rewarding women choreographers in honor of the bold and beautiful work of its namesake.

Full of gratitude.

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photo: Arturo Cosenza

Dear Friends,

Happy Spring! Here’s the latest, and some events that are fast approaching.

Thursday April 25 I join some of SF’s finest Dance Artists in Move to the Now, a free night of dance at 111 Minna -  part of National Dance Week and hosted by the great Amy Seiwert/Imagery. 6-9PM

Friday April 26 – two exciting events:

First, I am very honored to announce that I am one of the inagural recipients of the Della Davidson Prize. Honoring the life and work of choreographer and teacher Della Davidson, this annual prize supports innovative dance artists producing work in the spirit of Davidson, known for interdisciplinary work that explored  the strength and sensuality of women. I accept this great tribute during Dancers’ Group’s Bay Area Dance Week Kickoff. And then we dance.  Union Square  Free  12 noon

Later I join inspiring superstar and lady-after-my-own-heart Ana Matronic  along with many other talents, in Auroville, a media ritual conjured and organized by brilliant composer Nick Hallett. I saw another incarnation of Auroville in 2009 at the New Museum, and am so thrilled to be a part of this honest-to-goodness happening! At a  new space we all need to check out. Performance Art Institute   8PM   (tickets here)

Sunday May 5 I perform in May Day, the annual 3-day fundraiser for our beloved CounterPULSE. I will show an excerpt from my latest work Instrument (still photo above by Kegan Marling) in the company of some of your favorites. Join me in the audience May 3 & 4 and support San Francisco’s hub for risk-taking performance.   CounterPULSE   8PM    (tickets here)

At the end of May, I fly to Rome! Eyes Wild Drag, a great group of Italian faux queens and drag kings, is bringing me to their city to participate in the Genderotica Festival & Fem Conference where I will perform and present. If anyone has ideas about what I should see or where else I should perform in Europe in June, let me know. Grazie!

Since my last update, there have been a few highlights:

Instrument, the culmination of my work at the de Young, premiered at CounterPULSE at the end of 2012. My collaborators Chris Black, Miguel Gutierrez and Amy Seiwert led me into some really deep work of which I am particularly proud. This is just the beginning for this piece, and I look forward to the next phase. Here is some great press.

I recently presented, with my dear drag sis Mica Sigourney at TYPO, an international design conference. It was really refreshing to place my work in this kind of context, and I hope to do it more. Our taliks will be available soon on their site.

This year I take part in CHIME Across Borders with the brilliant choreographer Tere O’Connor (and fellow mentees Christy Funsch and Lisa Townsend – who are so smart). It has already changed my life. Here is a short interview I did with Tere at PPP is Dance, curated by Abby Crain (video by Mark McBeth). More details about CHIME public events to come. CHIME is a seriously helpful  project of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company.

Beautility, my solo for the City Hall Rotunda staircase, with brilliant costume by Mr. David was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award!

I wrote a piece for the fab literary site Her Kind as their Lady in the House. Read it here.

As always, you can make a tax-deductible contribution to my projects through Dancers’ Group (select me as a recipient). I cherish all forms of support you offer. Thank you.

Performing in Rome for the Genderotica Festival and Fem Conference was huge pleasure and an honor. What a great opportunity to engage with thinkers, movers and shakers from all over the world, talking about drag, gender and the performance of femininity.

After a stay in Florence with my friend the brilliant designer Andrea Cammarosano (my Instrument costume designer) I headed to the Venice Biennale and got right to making plans for 2015.

Then to Catania, Sicily to perform at Gay Pride. Incredible coming from the SF gay bubble to perform in a place where lots of people actively try to prevent Pride from happening. The folks at Arcigay Catania are my heroes.

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photo: Agata lo Monaco