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Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow Makes Gender Justice Sparkle!
Medusa-themed puppet theatre, anti-capitalist robots, liberation magic, riot grrl dance parties, and the story of stardust are part of this journey, along with the art of creating the worlds we want to live in -- and YOU are invited by six queer artists and activists touring the U.S. Midwest in search of new friends, fantastic adventures and siblings in the struggle.
Heels on Wheels Roadshow is a glittery performance-art cabaret of radical extravagance and thought-provoking glamour roaming from Brooklyn through the Heartland of America in April 2011.The five fearless performers rampage across the femme/inine spectrum: cis, trans and genderqueer gone hi-femme to femmedrogyny, dandy darling to ladybeast -- while serving up poetic theatre, silly buggery, dark whimsical puppetry, and rocknroll you can sink your heels into!
We're fund raising seed money for our tour -- our gas costs will be about $650, merch [printed by local queers on union-made shirts] another $250, a new battery+extra insurance for the van, $210. And since this is an ALL-volunteer, totally unfunded tour, we're hoping to use money we make on the road to eat healthy, pay tolls, and make sure we travel these 2800 miles safely. More info about the tour is below, and THANK YOU!! for supporting independent, queer art. We hope to see you at one of the shows!!
The 2011 Roadshow features dazzling troublemakers Heather Acs, Amanda Cheong, Geppetta, Damien Luxe, and Shomi Noise -- and visual artist Lizxnn Disaster providing powerhouse imagery. The tour is stopping in Pittsburgh, Columbus, Bloomington, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Madison, Chicago, Ypsilanti, Detroit, Rochester, and Philly between April 15 - 25, 2011 and New York the following weekend: dates and venues are all on our website: heelsonwheelsroadshow.com.
- Fri, April 15 Pittsburgh, 10p doors/10:30p Irma Freeman Center for Imagination 5006 Penn Avenue 15224 [all-ages]
- Sat, April 16 Columbus, 6p doors/6:30p Kobo, 2590 North High Street
- Sun, April 17 Bloomington, 8p doors/8:30p Uncle Elizabeth's, 1614 West 3rd Street,
- Mon, Apr 18 Noon, Milwaukee Kinsey Institute lecture
- Mon Apr 18 Milwaukee, 8p doors/8:30p, Milwaukee Gay Arts Center 703 S 2nd St [all-ages]
- Tues, Apr 19 Minneapolis, 9p doors/9:30p Trans Youth Support Network 3405 Chicago Avenue South [all-ages]
- Weds Apr 20 TBD
- Thurs, Apr 21 Chicago, 9:30 doors/10pm Stardust at Berlin Nightclub 954 West Belmont Avenue
- Fri, Apr 22 Ypsilanti, 8:30 doors/9pm Dreamland Theatre 26 N. Washington St. 48197 [all-ages]
- Sat April 23 Detroit, 4pm Art/Activism Workshop, Trumbullplex [all-ages]
- Sat, Apr 23 Detroit, 10p doors/10:30 Old Miami 3930 Cass Ave 48201
- Sun Apr 24 TBD
- Mon Apr 25 Philadelphia, 8p doors/8:30 show Fancy House, 4951 Catharine St. [all-ages]
- Thurs Apr 28, NYC 9:30 doors/10pm, Stonewall Inn 53 Christopher Street
Co-producer Damien Luxe, a media justice activist and multimedia artist, says of the performers’ relationships to social justice, “We travel with our work in order to connect each other and local folks with intra-community liberation strategies and to develop, as a complicated community, visions of a world we want to live in. To paraphrase the brilliant Toni Cade Bambara, we hope to make the revolution look irresistable -- by presenting art that supports each other’s self-determination and brilliance, we start to radically re-vision a world we can survive and thrive in -- a world that deserves art and which needs all kinds of people making it.”
Co-producer Heather Acs, a New York City Teaching Artist and theatre performer, says of the performers, “Touring with multi-disciplinary artists who work professionally in a variety of media means that we can share strategies from Theatre of the Oppressed to DIY, from ukelele chords to community forums to bring a combination of glitter, gender justice and engaged art.” The roadshow gathers performers with backgrounds & experiences including folks who are working class, poor, professional, and sex workers; folks with graduate-level education and people who are self-taught; mestiza, immigrants, border-crossers and white folks; survivors, organizers, and educators. “Getting to shake up all this experience and celebrate the creativity that comes out is what storytelling and community art is about.”
Stillettos fly, fairytales fracture, and queer landscapes explode: the second annual Heels on Wheels Roadshow is coming to your town in April 2011. More details about our shows can be found at: www.heelsonwheelsroadshow.com, or on Facebook!
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