Co-curated by Matt Aguayo & Charles Smith

Dec 11: Performance Lab: Uncanny Cabaret Dec 11, 2019

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Performance Lab is a continuation of OtB's longstanding commitment to showcasing works-in-progress by artists from across the Pacific Northwest. Artistic risk is a cornerstone of OtB's mission & values: supporting new works by artists from our community is one of the most important ways we manifest this commitment. Each Lab includes a Q&A with the artists, who discuss their pieces and processes with the audience and each other.

Co-curated by Performance Lab Producer Charles Smith and artist Matt Aguayo.

Matt Aguayo, alternatively known as Angel Baby Kill Kill Kill in Seattle’s thriving drag scene, believes in the myriad possibilities of dynamic gender expression. A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, Matt’s work seeks to unify both the professional theatrical and nightlife communities through investigating the limits and benefits of each space. Utilizing training in clown, burlesque, and biomechanics, they hope to blur the line between studied performance and irreverent entertainment.

NOTE: December's Performance Lab will be at 8PM.

 

Participating Artists:  

 

Lesbian Death Bed 

Lesbian Death Bed is a collaboration between Hanna Hofmann and Laura Aschoff. This partnership has grown from a 10 year long queer, platonic love. Through a performance art lens, the work queers expectations of feminity, partnership, dance, drag and romance.

 

Positively Positive

Positively Positive is a poet, spoken word lyricist, hip hop emcee, educator, youth mentor, song writer, activist who challenges institutions to build bridges for justice.

Positively Positive words and personal thoughts reflect their personal struggles on family issues, social pressures, sexuality, spirituality, HIV/AIDS & more. Their presence and truth inspires people to reach for their humanity. To learn more about my work please visit https://www.positivetobepositive.net/ 

 

Stasia Coup

Stasia Coup (like “stage a coup”) is a new-ish drag artist who has been developing in Seattle's scene for just over a year. Her work seeks to test out unusual takes on traditional drag, with work ranging from melancholic to magical to mischievous. Stasia excels in experimental dance, MacGyvered couture, and storytelling. She hopes to advance drag as a serious art form, which can be equally poignant and transformative as it is irreverent.

 

L'Von and Charmaine

Garrett Vance is a drag character actress & musician who plays in the surrealist drag band The Loungettes. He has roots in the Pac NW music scene & dabbles in film scoring, including Drag Becomes Him The Jinkx Monsoon documentary & an original David Lynch Foundation music compilation. Varian Oatman is a German born, Alaskan raised child of African immigrants who moonlights at a 7 foot tall woman named Issa Man. Issa & Varian are fully aware of their platform & make a conscious decision to be as pro black, & more specifically pro black woman as possible with their drag. 

 

Sam I'Am

Sam I'Am (they/them) is a nonbinary theater maker, performance artist & Drag King. Two time Bumbershoot performer & playwright of They/Them the Musical, Sam is committed to new forms of authentic storytelling, primarily creating art within their Queer community. They plan to travel the US in 2020 performing out of a tiny home they built themselves. Social handle: @mxsamiam.

 

Performance Lab is a continuation of OtB's longstanding commitment to showcasing works-in-progress by artists from across the Pacific Northwest. Artistic risk is a cornerstone of OtB's mission & values: supporting new works by artists from our community is one of the most important ways we manifest this commitment. Each Lab includes a Q&A with the artists, who discuss their pieces and processes with the audience and each other.

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