Workshop Resources

Sassy Von Staddler- Blackout

Sassy Von Straddler’s exploration of the emotional journey after a sexual assault is subtle, yet powerful. With or without the context of the act, the movement and costuming evokes strong emotion. Here’s what Sassy says about her act: “I created this piece in the month immediately following my rape two years ago. I capture my internal struggles of fear, strength, control, and chaos with my movement and let my body say what I cannot articulate. It is deeply personal and I feel catharsis ever time I perform it.”

Magnoliah Black- My Body is Not a Cage

Magnoliah Black uses story to lead the audience through her personal journey with dance and her body. Her character goes through several state’s of mind through her transformation. Magnoliah says: “I believed the lies I was told by media, friends and family: that no one will love me. No one will catch me if I fall. I’m too heavy. My issues are too heavy. They were wrong. I was wrong. My body is, like all bodies, is a good body. It is made to be seen, to be beautiful, to be feminine. This art activism is for every body that has binged and purged and starved because they were hungry to be seen, loved and accepted.”

Tas DeVille – Bad Girls

Tas DeVille’s act shows us how an unexpected ending can surprise the audience- leaving them questioning why there were surprised and what that says about their assumptions about certain groups of people. Here’s what she says about her act: “BAD GIRL explores these varied (and sometimes conflicting) facets of identity, with the intention to challenge expectations related to these facets, specifically: intersections of race, sexuality, and heritage.”

Juicy D. Lite- Mammy

Juicy D. Lite’s uses character development and the strip to emphasis the taking off of stereotypes. Here’s what she says about her act: “Sometimes one has to literally strip off the stereotypes that make people comfortable, step out of the box you’ve been put in and slough off the oppression that weighs you down. This act shows the beauty of the large, Black, female body for her own sake, not for the sake of expectations.”

Mary Vice- Ego

Mary Vice uses her costuming to highlight the absurdity of gender roles. Here’s what she says about her act: “This act pokes fun at the idea that certain identities are ‘supposed to’ line up with certain body parts. Most people are taught from the moment we are born that our genitals determine who we are, what we should be interested in, how we must dress and carry ourselves, even what our strengths and abilities are. It’s all nonsense, of course; every person should have the right to define what their body means to them.”