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10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 10. Ikechukwu Ufomadu

Ikechukwu Ufomadu Ikechukwu Ufomadu is an actor and comic entertainer. He is creator and host to a number of original, live shows including: his evening of talk-show entertainment Ike at Night (Under the Radar/The Public Theater, The Bushwick Starr, JACK); his night of comedy and music Nightcap | by Ike (Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater); his one-man variety hour Ike Night (Ars Nova, San Francisco Sketchfest); his Christmas show Ike for the Holidays (Manhattan Inn); and more. He performs stand-up at venues across New York, including Union Hall and UCB. He’s also featured in several episodes of The Special without Brett Davis. Ikechukwu has collaborated with several OBIE-winning theatre companies including: Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, 600 Highwaymen and Hoi Polloi. He...

10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 9. Salty Brine

Salty Brine The Living Record Collection Salty Brine is a New York-based actor, playwright, and cabaret artist. He is the creative force behindThe Living Record Collection, a series of cabaret performances built around popular albums. Time Out New York has called him “the love child of a Paul Lynde, Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey in Cabaret threeway”. NY Credits: Clown Bar (Pipeline, The Box), How Did I Get Here? (Bowery Arts & Science), Vera; Or The Nihilists (HERE), Shannon Foy (Bowery Arts & Science), The Poor Of New York (Connelly Theater), Backstage At Horror Drag (Animals, Incubator Arts Project), Thanksgiving! A! Pageant! (Ars Nova), The Infernal Machine (CSV Cultural Center), Straight Talk (Dixon Place), Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge (HERE), Oh The Horror! (Naked Angel...

10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 8. Daniel Alexander Jones (Jomama Jones)

Daniel Alexander Jones / Jomama Jones Daniel Alexander Jones makes live art. He has dissolved boundaries and explored radical presence for over 20 years through his dynamic, interdisciplinary practice. His body of work is unified by its consistent regard for human complexity, its commitment to kindness and generosity at its core, and by its faith in the power of live art to foster empathic communication. Jones’s work is best described as Afromysticism. He is a significant contributor to the development of The Theatrical Jazz Aesthetic, Jones employs collaboration, risk and spontaneity in the crafting and presentation of his work. Performing as his alter-ego Jomama Jones, Daniel tours the show, Radiate, created in collaboration with Dr. Bobby Halvorson. Radiate, which premiered at Soh...

10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 6. Narcissister

Narcissister Narcissister employs a spectacle-rich approach to explorations of gender, racial identity, and sexuality. Humor, pop songs, elaborate costumes, contemporary dance, and her trademark mask are her tools in deconstructing stereotypical representations. By opening up and turning against themselves what Stuart Hall calls “fixed and closed stereotypical representations,” Narcissister exposes, in live performance, video and photography, the practice of representation itself, and challenges the audience to question its own attraction and repulsion. Narcissister questions fetishism, particularly sexual fetishism, which is notorious in its fixing of racist and gendering stereotypes.  Rather than abandon this contaminated site, Narcissister dives headlong into the muck, into the de...

10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 7. Jibz Cameron (Dynasty Handbag)

Jibz Cameron / Dynasty Handbag Jibz Cameron is a performance/video artist and actor living in Los Angeles. Her multi-media performance work as alter ego Dynasty Handbag has spanned 15 years and been presented at such institutions as MOCALA, PS1, Joe’s Pub, The Kitchen, REDCAT, The Broad Museum, Hammer Museum, New Museum of Contemporary Art New York, among others. She has been heralded by the New York Times as “the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years” and “outrageously smart, grotesque and innovative” by The New Yorker. She has written and produced 6 evening length performance pieces and countless short works that have been performed in clubs and venues internationally. She also produced multiple video works and 2 albums of original music. In addition to her work...

10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 5. Erin Markey

Erin Markey in conversation with Katherine Cooper: KC: It seems like you have to do a lot of code-switching because you occupy a few different worlds, whether that’s an MTV audition, or family Christmas or making a YouTube video or performing in drag and I want to know how that feels and how you feel you are different in those situations. EM: Yeah, it’s funny. It’s funny to be making this show right now where I’m supposed to be Erin Markey the whole time because I feel like I work best when I’m in character. That’s when I’m most honest. So that’s not difficult for me to go back and forth between characters either, because you know different situations call for different folks. Not that that’s made so explicit in my life, in my practical life I mean. I do think we’re going through this time...

10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 4. Becca Blackwell

Becca Blackwell Becca Blackwell is a NYC based trans actor, performer and writer. Existing between genders, and preferring the pronoun “they,” Blackwell works collaboratively with playwrights and directors to expand our sense of personhood and the body through performance. Some of their collaborations have been with Young Jean Lee, Half Straddle, Jennifer Miller’s Circus Amok, Richard Maxwell, Sharon Hayes, Theater of the Two Headed Calf and Lisa D’Amour. Becca is a recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Artist Award 2015 and recently wrote a solo show, They, Themself and Schmerm, that will be sneaking in performances in winter of 2017 in a town near you. Part classic standup comedy special, part teen zine vomit confessional, They, Themself and Schmerm is Becca’s disturbingly hilarious persona...

10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 3. Taylor Mac

Taylor Mac Taylor Mac (who uses “judy”, lowercase sic, not as a name but as a gender pronoun) is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director and producer.  “A critical darling of the New York scene” (NY Magazine), judy’s work has been performed at New York City’s Lincoln Center, The Public Theatre and Playwrights Horizons, London’s Hackney Empire, Los Angeles’s Royce Hall, Minneapolis’s Guthrie Theater, Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, Boston’s American Repertory Theatre, Stockholm’s Sodra Theatern, the Spoleto Festival, San Francisco’s Curran Theater and MOMA, and literally hundreds of other theaters, museums, music halls, opera houses, cabarets, and festivals around the globe. Judy is the author of seventeen full-length works of theater incl...

10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 2. Justin Vivian Bond

Justin Vivian Bond Mx Justin Vivian Bond is a trans-genre artist living in New York City. As a performer both on and Off-Broadway, Mx Bond has received numerous accolades winning an Obie (2001), a Bessie (2004), a Tony nomination (2007), the Ethyl Eichelberger Award (2007), The Peter Reed Foundaton Grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant for Artists. V authored the Lambda Literary Award winning memoirTANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels (The Feminist Press, 2011). Films include John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus (2006), Sunset Stories (2012), Imaginary Heroes (2004), Fanci’s Persuasion (1995), After Louie (2016). Television credits include Difficult People, (2017), High Maintenance, (2016) and The Get Down, (2016). Solo exhibitions of JVB’s watercolo...

10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 1. Adrienne Truscott

The Contemporary Performance Think Tank is housed in the John Wells Directing Program MFA at Carnegie Mellon University’s School Of Drama under the direction of Caden Manson. Each year the Think Tank focuses on a set of topics concerning the fields of Theater and Contemporary Performance and conducts research and interviews to produce a paper as a resource for practitioners. This year’s topic is contemporary performing artists and companies redefining relationships with audience and pushing the formal relationships of architecture, artist, and audience. For this paper the Think Tank chose five areas on the forefront of this research to explore; Contemporary Choreography, Mixed Reality Performance,  Performance Cabaret, Immersive Theatre, and Social Engaged Art. Each section of this paper i...

10 Mixed Reality Artists To Know: 3. CREW (Belgium)

CREW As an experimental company CREW aims to visualize how technology is changing us. The art form that is used for this purpose and that quite simply engages the body of the spectator, is immersion. There are multiple ways of sharing immersive environments with the public but the main critera is for the art form to be live: theatre, installations and performances. These real-time creations anchor the immersive experience in the here and now. In the here and now the sole contact point between humans and technology. In the here and now CREW confronts a wide and international audience personally and bodily with that which surrounds us, our place in it and the way we perceive ourselves. Scientific Fiction is the best description of [artistic director] Eric Joris’ way of working with an intern...

10 Mixed Reality Artists To Know: 4. Javier Molina (US)

Javier Molina Francisco Javier Molina is an engineer, actor and media artist working with virtual reality, motion capture, interactive installations, performance art and experimental film. He holds a degree inTelecommunications Engineering from the Army Polytechnic School in Quito, Ecuador. He moved to New York City to study at NYU School of Engineering along with a minor in acting at Uta Hagen’s HB Studio.  He is currently working at NYU MAGNET as faculty researching VR and AR technologies and teaching motion capture workflow for virtual reality. Javier is currently pursuing his doctorate of philosophy in electronic arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic institute where he is focusing his academic research on live performances and mixed reality. Javier’s interest in performance has evolved ...

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