MARCH 5: EDGY REDUX – CABARET EDGY: FAMOUS LAST WORDS

Photo: Valérie Sangin

Photo: Valérie Sangin

Saturday, March 5th 2016, 8 p.m. @ Lion d’Or (1676 rue Ontario E.)
$10 – $20 sliding scale

8 pm: Doors open
9 pm: Performances
11 pm: DJ + Dance party

After 23 years of undisciplined feminist performance, Edgy Women/Redux is on its way out as 2016 marks the FINAL edition of Edgy activities at Studio 303 (click here to read Miriam Ginestier’s statement). A meditation on Edgy’s 23-year history, this final offering looks back on the festivals’ love of experimentation and thrill for emerging performance practices by guiding our audience through a 3-step grieving process in the form of visitation, famous last words, and digital interment.

Featuring the highly anticipated return of killer EmCees Nathalie Claude and Dayna McLeod, this ultimate farewell edition of Cabaret Edgy offers a mix of six familiar and fresh-faced feminist performers. Alexis O’Hara, Alvis Parsley (TO), Claudia Chan Tak, Judy Virago (TO), Marie La Vierge, and T.L. Cowan (NYC) will guide you to the light at the end of the tunnel via eclectic explorations of the theme: The End. Enjoy a pre-show Edgy archive slide show, interact with the Edgy Oral History Project during intermission, and stay for a post-show dj dance party to die for!


Artists bios

Nathalie Claude is a performance artist from Montreal, Canada. She is an actress, director, dancer, choreographer, writer, and a sometimes MC, Drag King and musician. She has created physical theatre solos, experimental group works set in unique spaces, such as a convent and a cemetery, Sapphic Vaudeville plays and multiple original theatrical characters. Her work exists within very visual and pictorial universes, where the body acts equally as a carrier of meaning as does the speech, and where poetry, derision, burlesque,provocation, and a refined absurd humour reign supreme. www.nathalieclaude.com

Dayna McLeod is a video and performance artist whose work has shown internationally. She has received funding for video projects from the Canada Council and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, has won numerous awards, and often uses remix practices to mashup mainstream culture. Dayna is currently at The Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture at Concordia University pursuing an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Humanities. www.daynarama.com

Alexis O’Hara exploits allegories of the human voice via vocal and electronic improvisation, sound installation and performance. Her performances have been presented in diverse contexts in Europe, Latin America and across Canada and the US. With Subject to Change and The Sorrow Sponge, she explores interactive documentary performance. Her sound installation, SQUEEEEQUE – The Improbable Igloo has been enjoyed at festivals across Europe and Canada. Alexis and her drag king alter-ego, Guizo LaNuit, are mainstays of the Montreal cabaret scene. She has two musical projects with Stephen Lawson (from 2boys.tv), GuiGi, the world’s only drag king/drag queen medley party band and 10,000 Horses, purveyors of the saddest music in the world. www.dyslex6.com

Alvis Choi aka Alvis Parsley is an artist, performer, writer and facilitator based in Toronto. Alvis’ work was presented at SummerWorks Festival, Mayworks Festival, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics – Encuentro, Performance Studies international (PSi), Rhubarb Festival, National Queer Arts Festival (Bay Area), Gladstone Hotel, and World Pride 2014. Alvis has received grants, fellowship, and mentorship from Vtape, Diaspora Dialogues, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin) and the British Council. www.alvischoi.wordpress.com

Claudia Chan Tak is a multidiciplinary artist in Montreal. She graduated with distinction from Intermedia/Cyberarts at Concordia University’s department of Studio Arts in 2009. Three years later, she received the William Douglas prize for excellence in her contemporary dance degree at UQAM. Currently, she explores documentary, cultural identity and animal life within memory-creation for her masters in dance at UQAM, under co-direction from Danièle Desnoyers and Pierre Barrette. www.claudiachantak.yolasite.com

Marie-Chantal Scholl aka Marie La Vierge, was born in Montreal to Haitian and German parents. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Anthropology, and a certificate in translation. She has been working in the arts field since 2003. She created and directed the Contemporary Experiences chapter of the Festival International Montréal en Arts (FIMA) from 2008 to 2011, a series of performances and installation destined to a wide-audience in the public space. She has been doing underground performance since 2009, supported by the Queer community, and inspired by contemporary dance, visual arts, physics, astrophysics and sadomasochist aesthetics. She sees art as an act of healing, transformation and revolution. www.marielavierge.com

Judy Virago is a performing artist originally from New Zealand, based in Toronto. She is co-founder of the queer art collective The House of Filth (CAMP Cabaret, BAD TUCK), and has a background in theatre, drag performance and transgender advocacy. She most recently performed in Montreal in Corde Raide as part of Tightrope for the Phenomena Festival. Judy is excited and honoured to be part of the final instalment of Edgy Redux.

T.L. Cowan is a writer, performer, video-maker, curator and professor based in Brooklyn, NY. Her ongoing performance and video cycles include The Twisted She Project—an intermedial collaborative collage about perversion, popularity and pathology; the GLITTERfesto: An Open Call For A Revolutionary Movement Of Activist Performance Based On The Premise That Social Justice is Fabulous; and Forgiving Medjugorje—a meditation on sex, religion, reconciliation and money. Her 2013 video and performance “I Disown You Right Back,” starring her alter-ego, Mrs. Trixie Cane, has thrilled audiences internationally. T.L. also appears on stages, screens and the streets as Aging Supermodel Experimental Poet and Revolutionary, Tammy Pamalovovich. tlcowan.net


Accessibility info: The Lion D’or is accessible to mobility devices. Please contact technique@studio303.ca with your accessibility questions.