Why you are the way you are

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images c/o Christopher Ash & Johanna Austin

Images c/o Christopher Ash

Rose: You Are Who You Eat
A True Story With Music

CONCEIVED, WRITTEN, AND PERFORMED BY JOHN JARBOE
DIRECTED BY MK TUOMANEN

THEATRICAL CO-WORLD PREMIERE WITH WOOLLY MAMMOTH, CULTURAL DC, LA MAMA ETC, UNDER THE RADAR & FRINGEARTS
Originally commissioned by Works & Process at the Guggenheim

In 2018 my aunt revealed I had a twin in the womb.
She said, “You know you had a twin in the womb?”
I didn’t know.
She said, “You ate her. That’s why you are the way you are.”
This was a lot to swallow.
My aunt’s pronouncement that my gender stemmed from an act of fetal cannibalism is the seed for this piece: a celebration and “digestion” of this new found twin, who I later learned would have been named “Rose.”

A shrine of music, image, objects, and text, Rose brings together a team of queer artists, including composers and musicians Emily Bate, Daniel de Jesús, Pax Ressler, and Be Steadwell with director MK Tuomanen, to tell the legend of John and Rose. Jarboe, known as the founding artistic director of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret, explores this tale through musical styles ranging from art song to 1980s pop ballad, elaborate floral-inspired costumes made by Rebecca Kanach, intimate storytelling, and a feast of wordplay. This evening will feature a concert of original songs performed by a live band and set alongside a garden of images made with Kanach and filmmaker Christopher Ash. After this event, the project will continue to evolve into films and an art installation in which fellow genderqueers can nourish their own idiosyncratic identities.

New York City
Jan 10-16th

Part of the Under the Radar Festival 2024 at La Mama ETC

$35 General Admission

$30 Students/Senior

The first 10 tickets sold to each show are $10

Upcoming Productions

Blooming next :

Washington, DC at Woolly Mammoth in partnership with Cultural DC in June 2024

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