‘devilishly precise’
– Wendy Perron, Dance Magazine

‘revelatory and inspirational … Jenkinson is a must-see because of her technical excellence, ability to create beauty, and rare personable flair for drama.’
– Johnny Ray Huston, SF Bay Guardian

‘amazingly skillful performance’
– Leah Garchik, SF Chronicle

‘campy, intellectual juxtaposition of pop culture and high art’
– Evan James, San Francisco Magazine

‘Uncompromised vision, inner tension, and an adoring public: These are the ingredients of greatness.’
Hiya Swanhauser, SF Weekly

San Francisco Magazine: ‘True & Faux

Dance Anthropologist: Review of ‘Drag Movement Study’ in the Movement Research Festival, NYC

7×7 Magazine: ‘Hot 20 Under 40

Monique in Bust Magazine

Biography

Photo: Arturo Cosenza

Monique Jenkinson is a multi-genre performing artist whose work considers the performance of femininity as a powerful, vulnerable and subversive act. She and her drag queen alter ego Fauxnique have created and performed internationally, nationally and locally in the zones of Contemporary Dance, Video, Theater and Cabaret. Venues include Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, de Young Museum, ODC Theater, CounterPulse, Oasis (SF), Ashby Stage (Berkeley), TBA Festival (Portland), Afterglow Festival (Provincetown), zürich moves!, Hackney Attic (London), Judson Church, New Museum, Joe’s Pub (NYC), Genderotica Festival (Rome) and gay pride in Catania and Reykjavik.

Fauxnique made herstory as the first cis-gender woman to win a major drag (queen) pageant. Honors include an Irvine Artist Fellowship at the de Young, Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery (GOLDIE) Award, SF Weekly’s ‘Best Performance Artist,’ 7X7 Magazine’s ‘Hot 20,’ Isadora Duncan Dance Award and Theater Bay Area Award nominations, CHIME and CHIME Across Borders and residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts and Headlands Center for the Arts. She engaged in embodied conversation with Gender Theory pioneer Judith Butler and facilitated a talk with RuPaul bestie Michelle Visage in the space of a week.

Jenkinson has created curriculum and taught at San Francisco Art Institute and St. Mary’s College of California and her writing has appeared in Dance History Scholars’ Newsletter and on literary site Her Kind. She is writing a drag memoir.

Artist Statement

Informed both by a tradition of radical queer performance and theory, and by classical ballet training, my work always comes from a physical place, and often uses drag to consider the performance of femininity as a forceful, vulnerable and subversive act. I create and perform from the fervent belief that embodiment does what cannot be said or theorized.

I emerged out of a feminist, postmodern, improvisational dance and choreographic lineage, but grew toward a tradition of radical queer performance that uses decadence and drag both to entertain and transcend. Yvonne Rainer said ‘no to spectacle’ so that I could say ‘yes’ to sequins. Rather than reject the traditional trappings of performance and the performance of femininity, I embrace them. My practice of feminism celebrates glamorous women as masters of artifice, and my intimacy with both the oppressive and empowering effects of feminine tropes allows me to create a zone of play from which I make my particular critique.

Since 2003 I have been deeply engaged in an ongoing performance project, Fauxnique, my drag queen persona. My short, sharp, entertaining drag numbers dovetail with theatrical works by showing the classical rigor and specificity of my movement exploration; transcending their pop form. As a lens through which I magnify my artistic concerns, Fauxnique typifies and expands a particular evolution of drag-based performance that goes beyond camp show-tunes into the realms of punk, horror, high drama and gender subversion.