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In Performance: Vaginal Davis Is Speaking From The Diaphragm (NYC)

Vaginal Davis Is Speaking From The Diaphragm
Performance Space 122

Saturday, May 15 – Thursday, May 27
Wed – Sat at 8pm, Sun at 6pm
Late Shows at 10pm: Saturday, May 22 + Thursday, May 27

An episodic series of performance that dissects 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. Never fear – VAGINAL DAVIS isn´t assimilating into the mainstream entertainment complex – she’s autopsying a TV staple, and re-animating it with a pantheon of live and Skype guests from various worlds of literature, dance, theatre, film and art; guests with whom she has intersected in her over 30 year career as a performance and live artist, writer and cultural raconteur.

With “Guest McMahons” downtown treasure CARMELITA TROPICANA and JENNIFER MILLER, the famed bearded lady of Circus Amok (and 2008 Ethyl Eichelberger Award Winner), audiences can expect ten different days of the unexpected, the unusual and the sublime.

— Rotating Nightly Guest Stars confirmed as of April 19, 2010 —
FASHION POWERHOUSES: Rick Owens & Michelle Lamy, and Pierrot;
CULTURE GUARD: Guy Trebay, Bruce Benderson, Joe E. Jefferies, Glenn Belverio, Jose Munoz, Marc Seigel, Jennifer Doyle, John Edward Hayes & Zazie De Paris;
FILM GLITTERATTI: Bruce LaBruce, Michel Auder, Susanne Sachsse, Uzi Parnes & Ela Troyano, Jackie Raynal of Zanzibar Film Group;
MUSCIAL PRODIGIES: Gio Black Peter, Joel Gibb of the band The Hidden Cameras, Jaime Stewart of XIU XIU, Kembra Pfahler of The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, Glen Meadmore, Carol Pope;
ART STARS & PERFORMANCE LEGENDS: Bibbe Hansen & Sean Carillo, Billy Miller, Justin Bond, Annie Sprinkle, Slava Mogutin & Brian Kenny, Mashinka Firunts & Jeremy J F Thompson, and Julie Tolentino;

Design and Production by Jonathan Berger in collaboration with Sarah Marcy and Joshua Lubin-Levy, Alexander Hollenbach, and Julia Rexon. Video by Jean Kim. Sound by Jason Martin.

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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