Raggedy Ann to Real Doll 2017, Los Angeles (video installation)

2017, photo: Curt Lemieux
2017, photo: Curt Lemieux

From to June 3rd-10th, 2017, video documentation from my performance, Raggedy Ann to Real Doll was on display at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions as part of Irrational Exhibits 10th  Anniversary: Mapping the Divide, curated and produced by Deborah Oliver. In  Raggedy Ann to Real Doll,  I constructed a storefront operating theater at LACE as one of America’s most beloved dolls went under the knife.  I examined how we negotiate our idea of personal identity in an ever-shifting landscape of technologies that can drastically alter and re-map the body. Projected video and the remote voyeurism from a live stream provided multiple onsite and virtual opportunities for spectatorship.

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Raggedy Ann to Real Doll, Los Angeles (live stream)

On June 8th, I performed Raggedy Ann to Real Doll at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions with Chris Sheets as part of Irrational Exhibits 9. In addition to being at the performance, viewers could experience the performance via live stream. Continue reading “Raggedy Ann to Real Doll, Los Angeles (live stream)”

Raggedy Ann to Real Doll, Los Angeles (installation/performance)

 

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How do we negotiate our idea of personal identity in an ever-shifting landscape of technologies that can drastically alter and re-map the body? In Raggedy Ann to Real Doll, I dissected what is just beneath the surface of Southern California body culture and our collective preoccupation with physical perfection. Transforming the storefront window of LACE into an operating theatre, I performed experimental cosmetic procedures. Viewers were encouraged to use protective binoculars and decontamination footies as one of America’s most beloved dolls went under the knife.

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Contemporary Performance Almanac 2015 (book)

2015 Contemporary Performance Almanac
2015 Contemporary Performance Almanac

On December 30th, 2014, an entry on Object of Her Affection was published in Big Art Group’s 2015 Contemporary Performance Almanac, edited by Caden Manson and Jemma Nelson. Object of Her Affection is a solo puppetry and object performance art piece centered on a woman, who in her search for true love develops intimate relationships with inanimate objects.

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Feast of Fun #1181- Woeful Tales of a Chocolate Whale, Chicago (interview)

On April 27, 2010, I appeared on Feast of Fun podcast #1181 – Woeful Tales of a Chocolate Whale with Fausto Ferños and Marc Felion in advance of my performance, Fudgie’s Death, at Links Hall in Chicago for the Banners and Cranks Festival.

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Bride of Wildenstein – Premiere, Los Angeles (performance)

 

On January 28th, 2010, Bride of Wildenstein – the Musical premiered at the Velaslavaysay Panorama in Los Angeles. In Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical, an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture the attention of her philandering game hunter husband.

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Flavorpill, Los Angeles (press)

In January 2010, Flavorpill described Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical  in it write up as “demented, touching and inherently strange”

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Feast of Fun #1128 – The Bride of Wildenstein’s Predictions for 2010, Chicago (interview)

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On January 21, 2010,  I appeared on Feast of Fun, a Chicago-based LGBT comedy podcast  to speculate on trends for 2010 and discuss Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical in advance of its premiere at the Velaslavaysay Panorama in Los Angeles with hosts, Fausto Ferños and Marc Felion. In Bride of Wildenstein, an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture the attention of her philandering game hunter husband.

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Bride of Wildenstein, New Orleans (performance)

©2009 Marsian De Lellis
©2009 Marsian De Lellis

On November 13th, 2009, I performed Bride of Wildenstein –  The Musical at the New Orleans Fringe. In Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical, an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture the attention of her philandering game hunter husband. This presentation of Bride of Wildenstein was produced by Ibex Puppetry in Orlando.
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Archikulture Digest, Orlando (review)

2009-10-31-Archickulture-blk1R-16x9-200dpiOctober 31, 2009, Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical was reviewed during it’s run at the Cameo Theatre in Orlando by Archikulture Digest, a blog on Ink19.  In Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical, an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture the attention of her philandering game hunter husband. The review characterized the show as a “unique piece of musical performance art”, and my performance portraying both “Jocelyn and hubby Alec with a double sided costume, allowing character switches with a spin of the high heel.”

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