L-R Mandy Romero, Joan Crawford, Regina Fiz in Köln
Literally, just back from Tranny Hotel in Köln, which you can watch back at http://11moments.org/live/ in fact. There were many challenges in presenting English language texts to a German audience, in what transpired to be a Catholic guest house adjoined to Church - St George by coincidence. The hotel insisted that the art come off the walls at specified times when the priests would be in that part of the building, and some of the less open minded members of staff threw out the fliers.
Of course it wasn't just the kind hearted Christans, the local trans community were apparently horrified by the publicity images (previously posted on this blog) especially of Regina Fiz slumped next to a urinal, and Bridge Markland's taped nipples. The community felt it didn't represent the image they wanted to project - but, honestly who ever said it should? The images represent individual artist's and their output. None of us ever said we stand for anything other than our own opinions. So, yes, controversy.
Local magazine "Flash" wrote us up under the gorgeous headline "Hollywood meets Freakshow!" which is sort of amusing and sort of makes me want to take up arson.
Aloysius and I read the evening news
I did however have a great time performing, it was very inspiring, very challenging but very fulfilling. The tech was bare bones, there was very little preparation time and the performance space itself was a touch unsuitable but nonetheless it was a very worthwhile experience. The feedback was so incredible, really touching, I think people really got something from the stories and songs, I can't express the relief I felt when I realized that people were actually enjoying it! Even after so many years of doing this, I am still so deeply nervous when it comes to presenting work in an unfamiliar context, but I am so glad I did.
One final thing, organizer and performer Mandy Romero said something that really caught my imagination during the final show. She said that in a digital age everything is 0 and 1, that that is the basis of computer language, something is either on or off, apparently. She argued that trans people and trans art was a way of rebelling against that either/or mentality, and resisting a potentially dangerous binary in which everything is either compelled or forbidden.
Yes, lover, we are the last vestige against fascism.