Posts tagged performance
Devotion Study #1 — The American Dancer
Lerne Deutsch mit Petra Von Kant
"Believing that one of the best ways to get insight into a foreign culture is through the films of that country, the artist has adopted one of his favourite German films as his guide, ‘The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant’ (1972) by Fassbinder, about a successful but arrogant fashion designer in her mid-thirties, who falls into despair when she loses the woman she loves. Putting himself in the mould of German actress Margit Carstensen in the role of Petra Von Kant - for which she won several awards - the artist attempts to articulate himself through as wide a range of emotions as displayed by the actress in the climactic scene from the film, where our tragic lovesick anti-heroine goes through a hysterical disintegration." (via)
"Covered in bruises and smeared lipstick, Christeene wears an unkempt black wig and dresses that are often recycled pillowcases, dirty lace or simply knotted lengths of pantyhose. In the course of a performance, Christeene will show you her balls and reveal her gold tooth while spitting on you, barking lyrics about her dick and her pussy. In other words, she is a far cry from what most audiences have come to expect from a drag show. And yet, after a show in front of an audience filled with go-go-dancer-ogling, Chelsea Boy types in the Los Angeles gay bar Fubar—a venue where Soileau initially read the audience as wary of Christeene’s aesthetic—one of those muscle men approached her and said, ‘You really just changed the way I think.’"