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Fauxnique

Wed, May 8th, 2019
8:00 pm
- 9:30 pm

The F Word uses drag and feminism as lenses for each other to take her audience on a journey through the wryly funny to the surprisingly poignant. Through personal anecdote, song, dance, drag lip-synch and simple stage magic Fauxnique celebrates and pokes fun at feminism. She engages the comic mode and liberatory space of the drag/cabaret form to dig into serious topics: intersectionality, difference, equity, body image and personal evolution. She uses her unique perspective as a cisgender woman and a drag queen, to mine truths about the state of feminism past and present. The content of the show itself evolves with the times, taking into consideration the feminist issues of the moment, using its elastic form to accommodate the ever-changing contours of contemporary life.

Fauxnique is the drag queen alter-ego of artist/choreographer/dancer Monique Jenkinson. Lauded for her ‘campy, intellectual juxtaposition of pop culture and high art’ Fauxnique plays with artifice and authenticity and lives to question essentialist assumptions about gender, art and culture. Informed both by Jenkinson’s classical ballet training and a tradition of radical queer performance and theory, Fauxnique sees the performance of femininity as a forceful, vulnerable and subversive act.

Fauxnique made herstory as the first cis-woman to win a major drag pageant and has performed in an amazing variety of venues and contexts nationally and internationally, including Joe’s Pub, New Museum, Judson Church, Sid Gold’s and the Stonewall in New York; Afterglow Festival and Harvard’s A.R.T./Oberon; Stud Bar, City Hall, and de Young Museum in San Francisco; and in New Orleans, Seattle, London, Reykjavik, Berlin, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Rome, Catania and Zürich. She created space for kids to dress drag queens at a major museum, played the DIRT (originated by Justin Bond) in Taylor Mac’s Lily’s Revenge at Magic Theater and Eurydike/Ismene in Anne Carson’s ANTIGONICK at Ashby Stage. In 2017 she engaged in embodied conversation with gender theory luminary Judith Butler and RuPaul bestie Michelle Visage in the space of one week. She is working on a memoir about drag for Feminist Press/Amethyst Editions.

Faux Feminism: An Interview with Fauxnique

 

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