About the Event
Just Another Shadie Bitch” (Act IV) is a durational performance piece structured around a 30 – minute solo score that scrutinizes the impact of performative practices on performing bodies. It is scheduled for April 2020 at the Lawndale Art Center and consists of a performative component, which exposes a meta-narrative of performing arts (the performer is aware of her performing status), and a site specific installation informed by the history of Lawndale’s building.
The narrative appropriates discussions surrounding opera to think of femmes and queers of color in relation to the discourse of aesthetics and labor. In Act IV, the story of the character Carmen (from George Bizet’s homonymous opera) is told from the perspective of the performer, who must embody the trope of desire and violence classic of this Prima-Donna. In solo score of movements and vocal performance, the performer becomes aware of the usage of her body as a vessel for a character and of her scripted death. The score stops upon the performer’s acknowledgment of her inevitable violent death and stars again, prompting a reenactment of the narrative for the duration of a work day in the service industry.
Act IV will be presented in an installation at Lawndale’s John M. O’Quinn gallery pointing towards prior usages of Lawndale’s building as a Top Hat Club and a Speakeasy, actualizing an important meeting point of Carmen’s story: Lillas Pastia’s tavern. The score and the installation of this project will be developed collaboratively with Lisa Harris (vocal performance), Donald Shorter Jr. (movement and choreography), and Mark Dylan (stage designer).
As an interdisciplinary project, “Just Another Shadie Bitch” (Act IV) proposes a closer look at the economy of the entertainment and a critical account of the exhausting, consuming and usually invisible labor inherent to performative practice.
About the Artist
leo is a collective of one person, who attended the School of Visual Arts Parque Lage (BR) and is finishing their degree in Fine Arts at the University of Arts Berlin oriented by Prof. Dr. Hito Steyerl. Their work is focused on the edition of dichotomies such as presence and absence, inside and outside or real and unreal. In 2014 they were granted the scholarship “Science without Borders“ following one year of studies at the Hochschule fuer Kunst, Design und Populaere Musik in Freiburg (DE).