Musing Muses at Trashing Performance Conference

Musing Muses at Trashing Performance Conference

Come celebrate the drag queen in all of us! Popular culture, high art, and light entertainment will collide in a powder puff punch of lipstick, perfume and high heels as we discuss what it means to be female, femme and feminist. The performers will also give a sneak preview of their chosen “Femme Muses” providing inspiration for the FeMUSEum, open and free to visit Saturday 29 Oct. All welcome!

Since the early 80’s, Lois Weaver, Carmelita Tropicana, and more recently, Amy Lamé and Bird la Bird, have been making performances that celebrate the drag queen in all of us.

They are the women who impersonate women. They embrace the best and worst of popular culture and create larger than life personas that not only entertain, seduce and cajole but also resist and challenge expectations of what it means to be female.

FeMUSEum brings these 4 generations of ultra femmes together to share their lineage and legacy of performance and femininity. By creating performance exhibits that pay tribute to their individual femme muses, they will build their own museum and throw a party that celebrates their sometimes overlooked and often forgotten feminine and feminist inspirations.

FeMUSEum will open with Musing Muses, a performative conversation between Lois Weaver, Bird la Bird, Amy Lamé and Carmelita Tropicana with special local guests considering feminine lineage and legacy.

Musing Muses will be followed by a Ribbon Cutting and Private View of FeMUSEum, an ongoing installation open, for free, between 10am–8pm, 29 October.

FeMUSEum was commissioned by Performance Matters, a three-year creative research project (2009-2012). A collaboration between Goldsmiths University of London, Roehampton University, and the Live Art Development Agency financially assisted
by the AHRC.

28 – 29 Oct 2011
Musing Muses and FeMUSEum Ribbon Cutting

Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street London E1 6AB

T 020 7650 2350

Musing Muses 28 Oct at 8pm. £10/ £8
FeMUSEum open 29 Oct from 10am – 8pm. FREE

For more information about Musing Muses and FeMUSEum at Trashing Performance, please visit the This Performance Matters website.


About Split Britches

Split Britches was founded 30 years ago by Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver and Deb Margolin. Since 1980 we have transformed the landscape of queer performance with our vaudevillian satirical gender-bending performance. Split Britches creates new forms by exploiting old conventions. It borrows from classical texts and popular myths, but its true sources are the details of everyday life. The work is personal, bordering on the private. It relies on moments rather than plot, relationships rather than story. It is about a community of outsiders, queers, eccentrics – feminist because it encourages the imaginative potential in everyone, and lesbian because it takes the presence of a lesbian on stage as a given.
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