Coming Soon: 20 Rue Jacob

On June 30th and July 1st Illinois and Virginia-based artists and curators, Charli Brissey and Courtney Harris, present ​20 Rue Jacob:

​Années Folles, a mobile immersive queer art salon that integrates ​live performance through dance, drag, readings, music, and ​philosophy. 

The contemporary event is as much a party as it is a show, complete with live local music, decadent chocolates, a cash bar, evocative performances, and plenty of room for dancing both inside and outside. Audience members are encouraged to dress in 1920s attire and to enter the space as if they are joining a culturally vibrant and intellectually stimulating party spanning multiple eras​.  

Doors open at 7pm and performances will cycle throughout the evening from 7:30pm – 10:30pm. ReCreative Spaces: 3501 Perry Street Mount Rainier, MD 20712 $15 general admission $10 student and 65+
Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets and can be purchased with cash at the door, pending availability: 

Premiered in Richmond in 2015, the event develops in and through the communities that it engages, building upon location-specific partnerships and spaces, while also inviting discourse into a dynamic understanding of “queerness.” ​20 Rue Jacob’s
​ next iteration is rooted in the history and politics of the nation’s capitol, specifically curated to invite the voices of DC-based and east coast artists. The project asks: In what ways can collective interrogation that is situated inside of queer spaces make visible the myth of American democracy? 
Années folles, meaning “crazy years,” signifies a decade of social, cultural, and artistic transformation, collaboration, and protest during 1920s France.  A period of time that is situated between two world wars, popular culture and art were heavily influenced by the political debates in Europe, as well as in America. ​20 Rue Jacob:
​ Années Folles​ will reframe this historical circumstance, reimagining the artistic ​counterculture and self-actualized utopia of 1920s Parisian salons through the lens of today’s social and political climate in America.
 Thus, ​20 Rue Jacob:
​ Années Folles​ is a series of divertissement performances that culminates as protest, responding to mandated and sanctioned acts of oppression, while also celebrating the resilience of queer joy as a radical act of resistance.
About project directors:
COURTNEY HARRIS, MFA, BFA, hails from Texas where she danced professionally with the Houston Ballet under the directorship of Ben Stevenson, performing a diverse spectrum of roles in classical and contemporary repertory. Upon earning a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and an MFA from The Ohio State University’s Department of Dance, Harris retired from her performing career to deepen her creative practice as a dance-maker and scholar. Her research interests are twofold: re-framing ballet’s teaching practices through the lens of critical pedagogies, while also actively engaging in a creative practice in which feminist and queer discourse are embedded in her art-making. Harris has presented research at the National Dance Education Organization, the Image Conference, the International University Global Theatre Experience, and CORPS de Ballet International, where she also serves on the Board of Directors as the Treasurer. She is 2014 Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellow and 1993 Presidential Scholar of the Arts Honoree. Proud to work with the inspiring faculty, staff, and students at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Dance and Choreography
as the Interim Chair, Harris teaches ballet technique, pointe, pedagogy, and dance history in the curriculum. 

 CHARLI BRISSEY, MFA, BFA, ​is an interdisciplinary artist who works choreographically with various technologies (bodies, cameras, objects, ecosystems, etc). They received their BFA in Dance & Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University, and later returned to receive an MFA in Kinetic Imaging. Brissey is invested in art-making as a means of discovering alternative possibilities for how bodies might coexist sustainably, with a particular interest in nonhuman queernaturecultures and interspecies entanglements. Their work has been presented in various galleries, conferences, film festivals, and performance venues nationally and internationally, including the National Queer Arts Festival (San Francisco, US),  Movement Research at Judson Church (NYC, US), The Eye Film Institute (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center (NYC, US), the CURRENT SESSIONS (NYC, US), Center for Performance Research (NYC, US), FRAMEWORKS Dance Film Series (NYC, US), and others. Brissey is currently an MFA Candidate in Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 
In 2012 Brissey and Harris began an ongoing collaborative process creating film and performance-based works regarding queer notions of gender performance and sexuality. Their collaborative projects have been presented around the globe at venues such as Dance Camera West (Los Angeles, US), Vancouver Queer Film Festival (Vancouver, Canada), Paris International Lesbian & Feminist Film Festival (Paris, France), LOIKKA Dance Film Festival (Helsinki, Finland), Bangalore Queer Film Festival (Karnataka, India), Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (Seattle, US), ZurchMoves! Dance Festival (Zurch, Switzerland), The Nottingham Playhouse (Nottingham, England),  InsideOut Toronto LGBT Film Festival (Toronto, Canada) DANCE:FILM (Edinburgh, Scotland), and several others.

(Photo credit: Janelle Proulx)

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