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Blond wigs and surreal dance solos seem to be a trend in pop music this spring. None have used these elements as symbolically, however, as Lena Dunham performing an interpretive dance to Sia's new single "Chandelier" on Late Night with Seth Meyers. The wig mirrors Sia's own blond bob, which facelessly adorns the cover of her new album 1000 Forms of Fear.In the feminist community especially, we're all aware of the controversy surrounding Dunham, star ... Read More
 Enra is a self-described “entertainment unit,” a Japanese dance troupe “which presents the ultimate fusion of images and live performance.” And they've really raised the bar with their latest production, “Pleiades.” They've created a fluid work of art in which lights and music accompany the dancers, and all the elements join together to build a powerful, strangely emotional dance. The two dancers seem to ... Read More
Spoken word is an incredible art, combining poetic verse and performance in a gutsy display of intelligence and emotion. It takes a true artist to stand behind a microphone and move an entire room with imaginative word choice and a punch-you-in-the-gut-powerful delivery.  From the article "Spoken Word Poetry: Hold Onto that History" from the Black Youth Project website:  "Visceral, in your face, in your ears, in your snapping fingers, and tapping feet, ... Read More
Photo by Blue   A woman sits alone beneath hundreds of dangling scissors; they teeter above her, metallic mouths open and sharp edges facing downwards. Calmly, she sews. As part of 2011’s The Mending Project, the performance artist Beili Liu put herself in this position, asking audience members to cut away portions of a large piece of fabric and patiently threading it back together.   Photo by Rino Pizzi   In juxtaposing the ... Read More
Heather Hansen, a New Orleans based fine artist, has combined visual and performance art in her totally mesmerizing piece Emptied Gestures, which she describes as an experiment in kinetic drawing. While being filmed from above by photographer Bryan Tarnowski, she uses her entire body as a tool to manipulate charcoal and pastels into imagery over engulfing panels of paper spread on the floor. Her dance-like movements are sensual and organic, creating a painting ... Read More
  Lady Gaga and performance artist Marina Abramovic share one undeniable strength: the creative powers of their own bodies. Abramovic’s physical presence is almost always at the core of her work. She has passively stood before an audience allowing them to aim at her anything from roses to guns; she has masturbated beneath museums. In The Artist Is Present, she simply sat and stared at audience members across a table.    Similarly, Lady Gaga, ... Read More
Cataloguing one’s first sexual encounter is nothing new. As a teen who pored over magazines in airports, I traced the ongoing debate on what “virginity” means. At what point are we no longer virgins: oral sex, intercourse? Do the rules change depending on one’s gender or sexual orientation? I learned that it’s kind of one of those things an individual must define for her or hir or himself.   And we always want to record it in ... Read More
Sarah Sophie Flicker is a woman in a league of her own. The lovely lady has done everything from directing feminist and environmentalist PSAs to founding a circus-esque brigade of performance artists and musicians known as The Citizens Band. When she's not being a pioneer in the arts or an innovator in fashion, she's writing for some of our favorite feminist publications like Rookie Magazine and HelloGiggles. The Women Take Over recently sat down with ... Read More
As if “The Scream” wasn’t incentive enough to head to The Museum of Modern Art, Tilda Swinton will be hanging out in a glass box periodically throughout the rest of 2013 as part of her piece “The Maybe.” Swinton previously performed this piece at London's Serpentine Gallery and at a museum in Rome. Maybe it will be cool? According to museum sources, the Oscar-winning actress does not have a schedule of her appearances, and no one on ... Read More
One of the most interesting and underrated pop culture figures ever was Nico. This past week in New York two very different events took place in her honor.The first event took place Tuesday night at The Cutting Room. Chelsea Madchen is NYC musician and performance artist, Tammy Faye Starlite’s take on Nico’s life and work as an all-around icon.Chelsea Madchen is based on an interview Nico did in the mid-80s.  Nico (Ms. Starlite) is asked ... Read More
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