PERFORMANCE ART SERIES
TRANS-Ville | ACT ONE
A performance art series exploring states of cultural, political and gender transitions.
CATINCA TABACARU GALLERY
SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2017
Artists: Christen Clifford / TRANSformation, Jerome AB / TRANSlucency, Jahmal B.Golden / TRANSition, Jennifer Elster /TRANSaction, Lindsay Dye / TRANSlation, The Henry / TRANSgressive
All images courtesy of Milk and Night Curatorial, photographers ADAM LEHRER & STEPHEN CLARKE
TRANS-Ville | ACT TWO
NOVEMBER 5TH, 2017
Artists: Hector Canonge / TRANSition, Katya Grokhovsky / TRANSformation, Daniella LaGaccia with Kim Doan Quoc / TRANSition, UNTITLED QUEEN / TRANSemo, Hannah Altman / TRANSfigure, ULTRACULTURAL Others / TRANScendental
Displayed in the window of Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, performers used the gallery floor as an extension of their practice, engaging the public in a visceral and moving experience. TRANS-Ville ACT II began with a striking installation and rapping session by inter-racial and trans-cultural trio UltraCultural Others, taking us a a primal display on the celestial intelligence of Shiva as male/female deity. Next came a personal and touching performance by young Hannah Altman on the orchestatrive routine of femininity using wool as a constricting element, a fiber she is allergic to. Hector Canonge brought us into a powerful choreography of words, costumes and movements on the perception of maleness within our current socio-political context, questioning our notions of masculinity ‘Not every man abuses power’. Weaving into the female principle, Katya Grokhovsky displayed a body language and sound piece on issues of abortions and pur notions of female beauty. Untitled Queen sang accapella on the affect of emotive response to loving. And finally the collaborative duo of Daniella LaGaccia and Kim Duon Quoc presented a real life transitional states of being, with Daniella body in the raw covered with video projections of ancient sculptures and designs and ending with a live injection of hormones displaying her transition into a female body.
TRANS-Ville | ACT III
DECEMBER 13TH, 2017
Artists: Ann Liv Young / TRANSaction, Legacy Fatale / TRANSpolitics, Heide Hatry / TRANScritical, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow / TRANScultural, Gage of the Boone / TRANSgalactic , Miriam Parker / TRANSmutation, Jade DeLaFleur / TRANSformer
TRANS-Ville | ACT THREE began with a powerful intergenerational act by infamous artist Ann Liv Young staging her 10 year old daughter Lovey to dance and ‘shine like a diamond’ nurturing a compelling and disturbing transfer of talent. Further displayed was a trans-galactic performance with the futuristic styling of queer artist Gage of the Boone. Breaking up to actionism, Heide Hatry placidly layed an egg out of her vagina to smash it on the gallery window while proclaiming ‘I reject the proposition that biology is my destiny’. Contemporary dance performance artist Miriam Parker bridged her movement practice with visual arts in a transmutative act. Female based collective Legacy Fatale examined a trans-political state introducing hypnotic practice, group choreography and sound work. Jamaican-born Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow delivered her transcultural social soca dance inviting the public to wrap themselves in a melting pot of international flags. And finally singer-songwriter Jade DeLaFleur brought her exotic soul musical band together to give us a 100 percent of instrumental positive vibe.