Queero : MonoMyth
Conceived by Jaq Seifert
with Erin Pleake, 3D projectionist
and Sy Salinas, Animator
In Studio Fall 2018
First Iteration, December 2018
Queero is an investigation of the connections between fighting and queerness using the Hero’s Journey as a scaffold for storytelling, incorporating theatrical violence, projection mapping, text, and movement to physicalize, reenact, and travel through the oppression of queer folk, combatting systems of oppression and leading to acceptance and triumph. Begun as a spoken performance piece entitled "Pants" as a part of Nothing Without a Company and The Living Canvas' production of [trans]Formation (2017), Queer0 has seen two additional iterations at Salonathon, and will go into studio in June of 2018. The first formal production of a selection of the piece will premier in October of 2018.
This project is partially supported by an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
SWITCH: Chicago Queer Partner Dance Night
First monthly event October 2017
Conceived in 2017 in conjunction with Abu Ansari and Dawn Marie Galtieri of Voice of the City in Logan Square, SWITCH: Chicago was created to be a home for partner dance exploration, where members of the LGBTQIA community could learn how to partner dance in an environment free from the heterosexism normalized in “traditional” partner dancing. By using the term “Queer Partner Dance”, we reject the bias of binary genderism identity in the socialization of Leaders and Followers. Men don’t always have to lead, Women don’t always have to follow. Building on this, Queer Partner Dance also expands the table of partner dancing to allow room for all people, especially those beyond the binary, to learn how to partner dance, reimagining, and to an extent re-establishing dance as a celebration of connection, spirit, and community.
SWITCH: Chicago parties on the fourth Wednesday of the month, is accessible to all bodies and wallets, and also holds occasional language diversity workshops for partner dance instructors.
The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque©
Premiered December 2nd, 2016
The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque© premiered in 2016 at Uptown Underground, Chicago, under the direction and choreography of Foxie La Fleur, and in collaboration with The Cuckoo's Theatre Project. Now in its third year, The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque© is independently produced by Jaq Seifert of (sub)version productions and welcomes new and returning performers, choreographers, and technicians. The 2017 production saw an entirely trans, gender-non-conforming, and female production team, with a diverse cast of performers presenting a new take on an old classic. The production not only provides an entertaining alternative for holiday audiences, but use parody and humor to celebrate sex-positivity and diverse bodies.