Out of the core elements of drag, in this case the trappings of overblown femininity (makeup, lipsynch, wigs, spangles, very high heels) I create a movement study. How does lip-synch (a common drag practice originally meant to move the performer more fluidly between genders) become a dance that transforms the cis-female performer into a drag queen? Can the ritualized act of applying makeup become a dance? Can the limitations imposed by heels and beaded gowns become generative or even liberatory?
- Performance: Fauxnique
- Choreography: Monique Jenkinson
- Live Videography: Michelle Blioux
- Video Documentation: Movement Research
- Premiere: Truly, Madly, Deeply, Movement Research Festival, Judson Memorial Church, New York City 2010
“Glamorous, kitschy and inventive” – The Dance Anthropologist