Kaj-anne Pepper directs a new collaborative performance piece in PDX!
WRQ! or WWWEEERRRQQQ is being featured at Hand2Mouth’s Risk/Reward Festival June 23rd and 24th 7:30pm at Artist Repertory Theatre
and again in a new iteration at Conduit Dance Studio as part of it’s Dance + series | July 19th-21st 8pm
about Conduit + “The DANCE+ series is dedicated to presenting innovative, exploratory, collaborative, and hybrid works by local/regional dance artists. This one-of-a-kind curated and professional performance series promotes and nurtures dance talent in our community and region. The DANCE+ series wishes to nurture deeper collaborations and encourage cross-fertilization between dance and the other arts.”
WRQ! is a collaborative dance/sound performance developed by the newly found DECEPTiCONS directed by Kaj-anne Pepper featuring dancer Jen Hackworth, local drag luminary Carla Rossi (aka Anthony Hudson) and Mickey Pollizatto (CJ and The Dolls).
WRQ! is about the queering of expectation and the power of queer language. The DECEPTiCONS explore sound, language, and image through dance, video and music to weave together a visceral and hysterical sonic exploration of identity. WRQ breaks down words into sonic objects and through them we reclaim recreate and repurpose meaning through movement, dialog and an attempt at authentic queer performativity.
At heart a collaboration, Kaj-anne Pepper directs and co-choreographs visceral and unique body narrative along with Jen Hackworth. Anthony Hudson as Carla Rossi engages the audience and performers with cabaret hysterics rooted in her self-made mythos, while sound engineer and track maker Mickey Pollizatto as Cabiria Jones creates, deconstructs and mixes sound live. Together we present WRQ! as an in-progress exploration of sound, music, and dance/theatre.
Expect audience participation in the construction of character, sound and suspense! Screams, laughter, and an amalgamation of multiple talents feeding a new exploration in queer aesthetics and queered expectation.