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The Kickstarter!

I am excited to announce our kickstarter has launched! Please repost far and wide lets see if we can exceed our 2,500$ goal and support this undertaking!!!

 

 

Follow this link to donate!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kajannepepper/genderfantasy-0

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Where I’m at in the fantasy…

Well just over a month away from the show opening and I’m at home with a cold. At first I was upset cause I had to cancel rehearsal and with only 15 or so rehearsal left that is just not acceptable. But, as nature and my body would have it I am here at home…

Being grounded at home is turing out to be a very good thing. I got to clean my room which I haven’t done since SASS Patrol. In fact I don’t think I’ve spent more than 3 hours awake in my room since the week before Sass Patrol was winding up. And, now that I think of SASS Patrol I’ve dropped my head and rolled my neck around in supplication and affirmation of it’s awesomeness, YES! We raised a little bit of cash, not as much as I hoped, but enough over breaking even to say it was a success. We brought together a variety (and I do mean VARIETY) of performers together on one stage to shine and sass on the audience. I think everyone there had a great time.

And now, with a month and a week til that curtain draws open I’m here in my navy blue crab sweater with a fever working hard at connecting all the dots to get this beast in shape.

I’ve been performing for some years now in PDX. When I got the grant for this work I was super excited and a little intimidated. Basically now I have to commit and exceed expectations and all that jazz. Having never done this before I wanted every step of the way to be perfect and being the princess I am (was…) I expected it all to go the way I wanted. This, it has not. I have had to make some big shifts and changes in the plan, had some changes done to my plan that I didn’t steer and haven’t done it all perfect. But, I’m still doing it. I’m on a learning curve here. I’m waking up every day and doing my best to be a choreographer, a dancer, a project manager, a visual and installation artist, a networker and a human. I came to a point last month when I realized… oh shit this is ACTUALLY going to happen. And then I thought OH SHIT IT’S ACTUALLY GOING TO HAPPEN!

My laundry list has been pretty long.

Here’s my laundry list now:

Write blog about laundry list

Confirm bank account for deposits

Finalize Kickstarter Campaign (YES!)

Write Press Release for Genderfantasy

Send Press Release to … and … and …

Organize photo shoot shots and video for flyer/poster

write a 6 page full color zine

review rehearsal videos

write and set music score for parts 1, 2 and 3

Decide on the ending

Volunteer list

Sponsor contact info list

Pay for venue

Links on blog for sponors and venue

confirm video projector

confirm installation logistics

fit 20 more minutes of movement on stage in 9 rehearsals

buy more glitter and paint

review and finalize budget

launch kickstarter

 

and of course there’s more and of course there’s things I forget. There are things I haven’t done to the T.

BUT! Here’s what I have done right.

I have connected with 3 amazing dancers and spent over 100 hours moving, dancing, talking, screaming, prancing, practicing, theorizing, ritualizing, and cultivating Genderfantasy. We have flocked, swam, crunched, collapsed, been possessed, spun stories and awkwardly fierce ourselves down runway after imaginary runway. I have the support of a few amazing individuals who make me look good on paper (Eric Sellers), make me look good on stage (Raijah), and make me sound amazing (CJ and the Dolls).

Things I know about Genderfantasy right now.

We use glamour to transcend the ordinary. We use glamour to bring you to our fantasy. Our fantasy is an exploration of power and identity and the body and intimacy and expression. Our glamour happens to be on our body for a while. Our bodies are authentic and constantly present. Our bodies are a reminder we will die. We are painted and we are fierce. We exist at a cross-roads between multiple possibilities. It is set in a nightclub and it is a competition. The prizes are unknown. We are constantly referencing our self-image. We resemble each other for a while. There is honesty… but most of it is a strangely crafted lie. Our bodies are awkward and hold a shape. Our bodies are honest. It is very contemporary as our characters only exist in front of a camera… but our bodies will be there the entire night. We’re over the top. We resemble the oppression which has molded us. We represent the history of affectation. We represent the possibilites of collaboration. We dance with the dead who have shaped us.

During the practice of Genderfantasy I set out to present a performance piece which represented my experience as a alternative drag performer, a queer in this day and age, and celebrate queer aesthetics. I’ve realized queer is slippery, it is a trickster and is lightning fast. And, as I write this I’m changing my plans for the show. I wanted to create something profound, entertaining, exciting and new. What I’ve realized is I’ve bit off more than I can chew. But, chew I must! And chew I will! But, I’m realizing my statement isn’t about the state of gender in this day and age. I don’t need to show up in a wig and dress and scream TRANSGRESSIVE! I don’t think I have money for dresses anyway. I think my comment on gender is stated pretty clearly in the title. I incorporate my innate experience with gender as a platform to address the complex relationship of self and other… self and self… self and audience and hopefully amidst the prancing and process some comment on gender will be made. Gender is a character in this show. As much as I am a body in the show. As much as sound is a character in the show. As much as our affectations imply narrative in the show. But at it’s core there is space. At the cross roads of this show, the fulcrum we spin around there is mystery and I don’t know what it is but it speaks to me and I will continue to wear a fucked up cheap blonde wig and roll around til that mystery takes me over and I learn how to describe it with clarity voice and passion.

I’ll come clean. It’s a ritual. The entire play/dance/performance piece is a ceremony to honor those who have come before us and have passed on. The score of the show is designed to be as much a performance for them as it is for you, the audience. It is inspired by some bright shining stars of the queer aesthetic lineage. It is inspired by the grief and loss of countless due to patriarchy, war, HIV and ignorance. It is inspired by the history of silence being broken one aggressive, unpolished, confrontational, beautiful, awkward performance piece at a time.  It is a celebration of the simple fact I am able to explore and create a sense of self beyond a male/female paradigm. It is a celebration of bodies containing not only a sense of ones self. (singular) But also the memory and mystery of all those who shaped us… a pluralism of identity. If we all come from the countless representations of our fathers and mothers…are we not all of them? And then there is mystery… Queers. We are born from bodies coming together. We are not a reaction, we are a gateway.

Ok… I think the fever is peaking…

See you soon…

 

 

 

Photos from Sass Patrol!

First I’d like to thank the photographers who took these images, Dan Ostergren and Marty Davis… Thanks! I also have to thank my Sass Patrol team Jodi Bon Jodi, Piwacket (our lovely hostess) Nico Bella and Claude Anne Morgan! They really pulled it together and supported me by making the show run smoothly.

Also a big shout out to all the performers who really brought the magic!

Sass Patrol was LOTS of fun and the feed back I keep getting is “Wow what a variety of talent you pulled together! Awesome!”

We had drag acts, MC’s, a quartet, an aerialist, live music, self-referential performance art deconstructing identity, time and space! and of course the official Genderfantasy preview.

I do have to say the surprise performance between The Julians, Holcombe Waller and Fannie Mae Darling took my breath away. I am so thankful they all were such good sports with my last minute ideas and wishes.

I have helped throw events before but SASS Patrol was the first event I’ve thrown start to finish as the one responsible for the situation. This entire process of Genderfantasy from conception to rehearsal to networking and promoting to fundraising and in a month opening the show has given me so much more respect for local party promoters and directors I’ve worked with. It’s NOT easy to wrangle talent, and hold a space for the magic to happen, but it’s worth it.

Sass Patrol has taught me there are folks out there who love the work I’m doing and are interested to see not only the product of my creative endeavors but also my development as an artist and director. The event also taught me I have some jaw dropping awesome amazing talented friends! It gives me hope and I am inspired to work harder and continue because of them, especially since this is the beginning of what I hope to be more and more presentations of my work on a larger scale.

It also teaches me there is more to learn and more people to reach out to, new and exciting relationships to build and of course skills to sharpen.

Right now I’m wearing many hats. Project manager, fundraising captain, director, choreographer, dancers, publicist and stylist. I guess I’m just hands on! And on Friday 21st (today) we go into the Fliptography studios to make fliptbooks, create some choreography for video and get all dressed up for some photos! I told my dancers you bring the meat and I’ll bring the glitter together we’ll have a glamorous time.

Keep posted for our kickstarter campaign coming up this week! and see you Dec 1-4th at The Headwaters!

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SASS Patrol! This Sunday with Holcombe Waller, The Julians, Chi Chi and Chonga, Cattitude and More!


Kaj-anne Pepper and Jodi Bon Jodi present SASS Patrol! A fundraiser for Genderfantasy! an upcoming show directed by Kaj-anne Pepper. Come to SASS Patrol! a sassy and fun cabaret of local dance, drag and song!

Holcombe Waller

 

Chi Chi and Chonga

 

The Julians

Feyonce

and MORE!

and of course

THE OFFICIAL GENDERFANTASY PREVIEW!


Hosted by PDX’s newest Piwacket Extraordinaire!

Raffle and prizes donated by
Ritual Arts PDX (Tattoos)
The Julians (Concert)
Kala Body (Bodywork)
and more!

7-15$ sliding scale tickets at door
Doors @ 7
Show @ 8
21+
wheelchair accessible

Presale tickets available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/203167

Genderfantasy! is queer glamour. Kaj-anne Pepper directs a theatrical dance exploring physicality, identity and power. A dance pageant set in a nightclub where four dancers invoke, contain and release a multitude of relationships and identities in a spellbinding surreal drag show. Weaving together sound collage, movement, video and installation Genderfantasy! is a multi-sensory ritual at the crossroads between man and woman, human and spirit, glamour and realness.

https://genderfantasy.wordpress.com/

SASS Patrol! A Genderfantasy Fundraiser! OCT 16th

Kaj-anne Pepper and Jodi Bon Jodi present SASS Patrol! A fundraiser for Genderfantasy! an upcoming show directed by Kaj-anne Pepper. Come to SASS Patrol! a sassy and fun cabaret of local dance, drag and song by Chi Chi and Chonga, Cattitude, The Julians, Feyonce, Fannie Mae Darling and more!

OCT 16th at the SOMEDAY LOUNGE doors at 7 show at 8pm!

Hosted by PDX’s newest Piwacket Extraordinaire!

Raffle, Prizes and a special 15 minute PREVIEW of the upcoming Genderfantasy! (Premiering DEC 1-4th at The Headwaters Theatre)

7-15$ sliding scale tickets at door
Doors @ 7
Show @ 8
21+
wheelchair accessible

Presale tickets available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/203167

Genderfantasy! is queer glamour. Kaj-anne Pepper directs a theatrical dance exploring physicality, identity and power. A dance pageant set in a nightclub where four dancers invoke, contain and release a multitude of relationships and identities in a spellbinding surreal drag show. Weaving together sound collage, movement, video and installation Genderfantasy! is a multi-sensory ritual at the crossroads between man and woman, human and spirit, glamour and realness.

Genderfantasy at Queer Magic!

I’m excited to lead a dance workshop and ritual celebrating queer spirits, queer bodies and queer community at the 2011 Queer Magic Gathering today! Pictures to come soon!

 

 

Kaj-anne Pepper and Genderfantasy! at T:BA 12:45 late night Sat!!!

Kaj-anne and Genderfantasy! to perform with surprise guests in a last minute drag satellite talking about heartbreak, wigs, substance and false relief.

come check us out!

UPDATE*** We just did the show and it was so much fun!!!! Here are some pre photos from our photo shoot warm up! Thanks Erin at PICA for setting this up and thank you Mike Daisey for performing for nearly 24hours straight!