Vaginal Davis Is Speaking From The Diaphragm: An Homage to the Television Talk ShowPerformance Space 122 (150 First Ave. New York, NY 10009)
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The praise for Sir Tom Stoppard's masterpiece Arcadia could not be more effusive. A reviewer from The Daily Telegraph gushed, "I have never left a play more convinced that I had just witnessed a masterpiece." Whereas The Independent wondered if it might be "the greatest play of its time." The reason for such enthusiasm might be found in Stoppard's uncanny blend of brainy discussion and down-to-earth emotion. In this play alive with ideas -- about Byron, entropy, history and heat -- the human characters are never lost or diminished, but somehow made more real by their participation in a conversation that seems to span centuries. Set in a sprawling English country house, Arcadia moves between the 19th century and the present through a series of love stories, while characters from both eras discover connections, unearth mysteries and unravel hidden truths. Artistic Director Carey Perloff helms the American Conservatory Theater's dazzling new production of this modern-day masterwork. Learn More
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- "A performance artist of underground legend." --New York Times
WINNER OF THE 2009 ETHYL EICHELBERGER AWARD
A performance piece that re-examines the heyday of 1970s American daytime television chat and variety programs. Taking the format of legendary talk shows like The Mike Douglas Show and Dinah!, which starred lesbian icon Dinah Shore. Ms Davis isn't interested in assimilating into the mainstream entertainment complex, but instead wishes to dissect a kind of TV staple and reconfigure it by presenting an array of live and Skype guests from the various worlds of literature, dance, theatre, film and art she has intersected in her over 30 year career as a performance and live artist, writer and cultural raconteur. With guest hosts, Downtown treasure Carmelita Tropicana, and Jennifer Miller the famed bearded lady of Circus Amok expect ten days of the unexpected, the unusual and the sublime.
Rotating Nightly Guest Stars:
Fashion Powerhouses: Rick Owens and Michelle Lamy, and Pierrot; Culture Guard: Guy Trebay, Bruce Benderson, Joe E. Jefferies, Glenn Belverio, Jose Munoz, Marc Seigel, Jennifer Doyle, Carlo McCormick, John Edward Hayes & Zazie De Paris; Film Glitterati: Bruce LaBruce, Michel Auder, Susanne Sachsse, Uzi Parnes & Ela Troyano, Jackie Raynal of Zanzibar Film Group; Musical Prodigies: Julie Ruin, Men, Intellectual Pop Power Couple Kathleen Hanna (Le Tigre/Bikini Kill) and Adam Horovitz (the Beastie Boys), Gossip, Claudia Gonson (The Magnetic Fields), Gio Black Peter, Joel Gibb of The Hidden Cameras, Jaime Stewart of XIU XIU, Glen Meadmore, Carol Pope; Art Stars & Performance Legends: Justin Bond, Annie Sprinkle, Kembra Pfahler, Dynasty Handba, Bibbe Hansen & Sean Carillo, Billy Miller, Slava Mogutin & Brian Kenny, Mashinka Firunts & Jeremy J F Thompson, and Julie Tolentino; an Ethyl Eichelberger Cabal - and many, many, many more are being confirmed by the minute!
Vaginal Davis was born and raised in Los Angeles, but now lives in Berlin. She is an accomplished experimental filmmaker, visual artist and writer, who Hilton Als of The New Yorker has called "the poet laureate of Santa Monica Blvd." She has curated programs for many film festivals including Berlin and Sundance. She teaches performance at Lund University's Malmö Art Academy (Sweden). She is also the subject of academic elucidation by Jose Muñoz in Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics and Jennifer Doyle in Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire.
Design and Production by Jonathan Berger in collaboration with Sarah Marcy, Joshua Lubin-Levy, Alexander Hollenbach, and Julia Rexon
Video by Jean Kim. Sound by Jason Martin
Photo copyright: Albert Sanchez
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