Out There 25: (M)imosa/Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church (M)

The 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning brought New York City's 1980s drag scene — particularly the ball culture in which voguing encapsulated the hopes and dreams of the African-American, Latino, and queer communities dedicated to it — to the public foreground. Could that scene have been any more different from the Judson Church heyday of the 1960s? When dance by mostly white, straight choreographers was stripped to its most pedestrian essence? "(M)imosa/Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church (M)" dares to do the mashup. Inspired by the documentary film, the collaborative performance — featuring Paris-based performance artists Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud, and Cape Verdean-born dancer Marlene Monteiro Freitas — veers from the mythical to the outlandish to the everyday. Nudity and profanity abound. There's also a remarkable rendition of Prince's "Darling Nikki" — imagine that bad boy with breasts. Go for it.
Jan. 24-26, 8 p.m., 2013

 
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