Ladyfest Midwest

US Premiere

Ladyfest Midwest


8/17/01 - 8/17/01


Scrawl - This All-Girl Spoken Word group from Madison WI hosts an electrifying performative open mic full of performance artists, comedians, sinesters, poets and songwriters for your entertainment.
Estrogen Funny - An evening with local favorites the Hysterial Women, stand up comedian Sapna Kumar and the all female improv troup Sirens. They promise roll over, gener-pranking, smartaleck and witty estrogen-fueled fun.
Mixing up the Beat - He Said She Said - Who tells these stories, and whose stories are they anyway? Combining movement, music and text to explore the tension that mounts between the sexes when women wish to preserve their own rituals and mythologies.
Mixing up the Beat - Tampico Salis Tap dancing while playing an acoustic guitar under one arm and a violin under her chin, Tampico amazes street audiences Flamenco style.
Mixing up the Beat ? Apartment - Cello, guitar, stand-up bass, keyboards, dark humored vocals and subtle intricate drums combine to form a unique and quirky chamberesque sound from tango to funk, art rock to punk.
Mixing up the Beat - Jocelyn Stella-Rose and Jennifer Trowbridge - A guitar vocal soprano duo with voice reminiscent of Hildegard and guitar and drums rooted in classical Spanish and Brazilian repertoires.
?Girl bands are still unusual in Mexico, and women all revel in their rebellious image. Gardocki's in your face approach smacks of reality TV but whenever she leaves her band mates behind to wander the streets or visit some underground club, the video provides an unwittingly ironic ethnography of a music whose nationalistic sentiments are overwhelmed by the influence of the US" Chicago Reader Todos Est N Muriendo Aqui (Everybody's Dying Here) - Ali Gardoki documents the rise and fall of her all girl band Las Ultrasonicas, part of the nascent Mexico City punk scene. Each player gets a segment to talk obsessively about herself, and their profiles are intercut with casual analyses of the music underground.
Media Girls: Video For and By Young Women - From hard hitting and in-your-face to poetic and poignant, this selection of videos by young female media-makers will educate and inspire audiences of all ages. Includes animation, experimental videos, short documentaries about girls who speak out and much more.
I Say I Am: Women's Performance Video featuring.. Linda Montano - Culled from the collection of the Video Data Bank in Chicago, these video performances by eleven women artists sketch a time when feminims was a new and powerful liberatory movement, when video was a relatively new invention, and when social institutions, including the art world, were undergoing radical reevaluation. This installation features Linda Montano's Mitchell's Death which deals with the filmmaker's devastation at the loss of her ex-husband.
I Say I Am: Women's Performance Video featuring?Steina Vasulka - Culled from the collection of the Video Data Bank in Chicago, these video performances by eleven women artists sketch a time when feminims was a new and powerful liberatory movement, when video was a relatively new invention, and when social institutions, including the art world, were undergoing radical reevaluation. This installation features Steina Vasulka's Let It Be.
I Say I Am: Women's Performance Video featuring.. Nina Sobell - Culled from the collection of the Video Data Bank in Chicago, these video performances by eleven women artists sketch a time when feminims was a new and powerful liberatory movement, when video was a relatively new invention, and when social institutions, including the art world, were undergoing radical reevaluation. This instatllation features Nina Sobel''s Hey Baby Chickie.
I Say I Am: Women's Performance Video featuring?Suzanne Lacy - Culled from the collection of the Video Data Bank in Chicago, these video performances by eleven women artists sketch a time when feminims was a new and powerful liberatory movement, when video was a relatively new invention, and when social institutions, including the art world, were undergoing radical reevaluation. This installation features Suzanne Lacy's Learn Where the Meat Comes From in which a cooking lesson morphs into an almost erotic interplay between chef and meat.
I Say I Am: Women's Performance Video featuring? Susan Mogul - Culled from the collection of the Video Data Bank in Chicago, these video performances by eleven women artists sketch a time when feminims was a new and powerful liberatory movement, when video was a relatively new invention, and when social institutions, including the art world, were undergoing radical reevaluation. This installation features Susan Mogul's Take Off a discourse on her vibrator and all its spent batteries.
Natural Health Care: Sage Femme Talks - Nancy Phillips of Womyn's Radical Self Help Network, a national organization dedicated to disseminating information and sharing experiences will introduce "Sage Femme" to educate participant s on Fertility Awareness, Natural Birth Control, History of Abortion & Contraception, Herbal Contraceptives, Safe Herbal Emmenogogues, Wellness Management & The Politics of Womyn's Health Care.
Talk - Talk explores communication via dance, vocals, movement, slide projection and rhythm; all the while testing the continuums between organic and electronic, "ethnic" and American, traditiona and modern.
What If? - Based on a true story in which a young woman comes out to her strict Catholic mother. Performed in Spanish and English.
Generic Latina - Members from Teatro Luna, Chicago's first and only all Latina/Hispana theatre company will be previewing pieces from their upcoming new show.
Homestories: Lessons on Travelling - This multimedia performance piece highlights shared lessons on home, travelling and the baggage we inherit and accumulate from the spaces we inhabit.
Experimental History: an interdisciplinary performance reunion - A rare reunion between Chicago dance/performance veterans and long time collaborators of Xsight! Performance Group and Baubo Performance Project fame. Butoh artist Marianne Kim, vocal/performing artist Sara Kraft and Marthat Donoval return to join Julia Rhoads and Holly Quinn of Luck Plush Productions in an evening of interdisciplinary performance fusing original dance, text, song, and video. Excerpts from current work as well as a structure group improvisation will be featured.
Women of a Real Read - Writing panel where you'll learn how professional writers make a living from their work.
Sex for Women Workshop - Coya Paz and Amber Miller will lead a fun, interactive sex workshop that focues on having safe, happy sex.
Feminist Perspective on Pornography - Ann Russo (Depaul University), Claudine O'Leary (Advocates for Prostituted Women Girls), Michele Mahoney (filmmaker and eduator), Stacy Goldate and Barbara DeGenevieve (Porn shot) discuss their differing views as women actively working and researching the field of pornography.

Author
Nancy Casas, Thick Routes Collective

Director
Women in the Director's Chair, Maria Troy, Kate Hers, David Feiner, Thick Routes Collective, Sara Kraft, Martha Donoval, Julia R

Performers
Scrawl, Hysterial Women, Sapna Kumar, Sirens, Striding Lion InterArts, Tampico Salis, Apartment, Jocelyn Stella Rose, Jennifer Trowbridge, Las Ultrasonicas, Linda Montano, Steina Vasulka, Nina Sobell, Susan Mogul, Nancy Phillips,Jessica Irizarry, Elizabeth Cobacho, Christing Thrasher, Elia Ayala, Amanda Berg, Alisha Black, S.T. Greene, Felicia Holman, Aisha Jean-Baptiste, Abra Johnson, Michelle Mashon, Meida Villafana-McNeal, Mishaye Mwangola, Sara Kraft, Martha Donoval, Julia Rhoads, Holly Quinn, C.C. Carter, Ronda Bedgood, Sheilla Warren, Shannon Sudduth, Kelly Tsai, Kathy Bardales, Courtney Glover, Bunmi Olowe, Sher Ratnabalasuriar, Anida Esguerra, Gina Magsombol, Cin Salah, Coya Paz, Amber Miller, YWCA, Chicago Women's Health Center, Ann Russo, Claudine O'Leary, Michele Mahony, Stacy Holdate, Barbara DeGenevieve

Production
Mars Gamba-Adisa, Ladyfest Midwest Inc.

Tags: Festival, American, 2001