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Trans-Q Live! at The Warhol

Movement and video by local artists mark this showcase for queer performance

Blak Rapp M.A.D.U.S.A.
Blak Rapp M.A.D.U.S.A.

Local artists will dominate the fourth edition of Trans-Q Live!, a queer evening of dance, poetry, music and film/video on Fri., Sept. 15, at The Andy Warhol Museum.

Hosted once again by Joseph Hall, this 90-minute pop cabaret/variety show at the 100-seat Warhol Theater will have more of an emphasis than previously on movement and video, says Scott Andrew, who produced the show along with Hall and Suzie Silver.

Each of the program’s artists will receive five to 10 minutes on stage. The lineup of local performers includes award-winning poet Jenny Johnson; hip-hop/soul artist Blak Rapp M.A.D.U.S.A., who will perform a music set; and Carnegie Mellon University graduate student Gray Swartzel, presenting a film and live-action work with collaborator Veronica Vega. 

In dance, True T Entertainment’s vogue performance ensemble #kNOwSHADE will present “TechnAfrika,” a seven-minute theatrical dance work pairing African dance styles with underground ballroom vogue dancing; dancer/choreographer Moriah Ella Mason will perform excerpts from her recent hit Sex Werque, about life as a stripper; and Gia T. Cacalano will perform alongside a film from Pittsburgh-based visual artist Jennifer Meridian’s Wild Clarity series. Cacalano says her 10-minute dance improvisation, “no edges,” is a response to Meridian’s film and to current global environmental and social issues.

Other screenings include “In the Tree,” by Los Angeles sound, video and performance artist Anna Luisa Petrisko, a.k.a. Jeepney. The video follows an anonymous figure through what she calls “fresh mythological landscapes” and features Petrisko’s trademark hand-painted bodysuits. 

Also being shown are several of internet sensation Norman Freeman’s prank and parodies videos; an excerpt from a work by Brooklyn-based Peter Clough, whose bio says he “uses video, photography, sculpture and projection to create hybrid spaces”; and Bellingham, Wash.-based Chris E. Vargas’ “Have You Ever Seen a Transsexual Before?” (2010). Vargas tackles issues of gender self-determination by going to a series of mostly outdoor spaces in the U.S., including Death Valley and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints headquarters, in Salt Lake City, and flashing them while calling out, “Have you ever seen a transsexual before?”


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