This Thursday, my friend Hentyle will be performing with Xandra Ibarra at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in what will be an examination of the relationship between dance/performance/artists and the contemporary urban museum space. Or, “an evening of racialized sexual spectacle, participatory twirling, and Isadora Duncan-inspired dance reconstruction.”
Awesome. Please join.
The recent rise of performance and movement in museum spaces forces us to think more critically about the relationship between performance and the museum. Performance-based works have often arose in opposition to Western, masculinist and historicist traditions of the museum. However, now that the relationship between performance and the museum is increasingly in flux and destabilized, are there possibilities for new, critical approaches to performance art within museum spaces? What does it mean for practitioners of performance mediums to work within the museum’s borders?
Working through their respective performance-based trainings in burlesque and contemporary/modern dance, Xandra Ibarra and Hentyle Yapp collaborate in December’s YBCA ConVerge event to explore and disrupt this predicament. Their collective approach questions how white womanhood structures their performance genres, and how, as racialized performers, they use parody to disarm and contend with whiteness, gender, institutions, history, and memory.
Join us for an evening of racialized sexual spectacle, participatory twirling, and Isadora Duncan-inspired dance reconstruction! Complimentary food and drinks.