EVENT: Five-Fifths Artist Showcase presents THE AGE OF GLAM
EVENT DATE: May 21, 7pm-9:30pm
NEIGHBORHOOD: The Grove
VENUE PARTNER: Attitudes Nightclub
Tickets: $35 GA, $60 VIP, free late night drag show.
Ticket link: stlfringe.com/event/five-fifths-artist-showcase-presents-the-age-of-glam
Spoken word, live painting, original theatre, experimental performance, burlesque, storytelling and disc jockeys will take the stage at the third annual FIVE-FIFTHS, co-presented by St Lou Fringe and Sensory Overload on May 21.
Sabina England, a London-born poet, playwright, filmmaker, and performance artist now based out of St Louis, will host the event alongside creative collaborator Loren D of the FarFetched Collective. The two artists began their collaborations during Fringe’s early popular Habdash concert series, and have gone on to perform together at the inaugural Five-Fifths and the main stage at Pride St Louis.
England and Loren D. look forward to the opportunity to showcase St Louis artists within the context of recent history. “The Glam Age was a time of revolutionary challenges to gender norms,” said England. “It was not just about music ‘n glitter but also a radical revolt against how men and women should dress and act.”
England and Loren D, with interpreter Julikka LaChe serving as a spoken voice for England (who is Deaf and will predominantly use American Sign Language) will weave the various acts and themes of the event together.
At FIVE-FIFTHS, a single classic story is tackled by an assembly of St Louis’ finest independent artists. A featured performance tells the story in five acts, each performed by a different discipline of performing art A pop-up gallery digs deeper into the theme with vibrant paintings, photography, and sculptures.
The mainstage performances will feature a mix of original works and popular St Louis-based performance pieces. Short devised scenes will premiere from two St Louis theatre companies, The Black Rep and Theatre Lab. Terra Josephine, a St Louis-based burlesque and performance artist, will also make an appearance, along with DJ Boogieman/Andrew Warshauer, one of the brains behind the popular Second Tuesdays monthly storytelling event, and Rumpshaker, a monthly boogie, disco, and funk-based dance party. Matthew Kerns will present a segment from his critically acclaimed 2014 production of “Gay Fantasia,” which received its St Louis premiere at the St Lou Fringe Festival that year.
Of their participation, Ron Himes, founding artistic director of the Black Rep said “we believe in the work that The Fringe does that is such an important part of the fabric of the cultural quilt of this community.” He added that he is “looking forward to the day when the impact of The Fringe is felt throughout this community and the world.”
The event also features the return of a pop-up art show and temporary gallery, “GLITZ AND GOLD,” brightly curated by Felecia Whalen. For the third consecutive year, Vesna Delevska will live-paint throughout the duration of the evening. The era’s themes will be further explored with original artwork by popular Five-Fifths names Nelson Perez (Vodka Bacon Studios), Kimberly N Photography, and will feature for the first time work by Thomas Park, Andrea Standby, and Kari Pillow.
The event takes place at Attitudes Nightclub in the Grove, a long-standing dance club and favorite establishment of the neighborhood. The venue will again be transformed by visionary artist and designer Hap Phillips in his third collaboration with Five-Fifths. Chef Aaron Cummings will again devise culinary tastes also inspired by the theme during a pre-show reception beginning at 7pm. Cummings is joined by performance artist Blyre Cpanx and actor Carl Overly Jr, alongside bodypainters, stiltwalkers and roller skaters. The mainstage performance begins at 8pm. Following the show, Attitudes will keep the theme alive with a late-night tribute to Cher, which patrons may attend for free.
Special ticket offers are available to guests who participate in IndiHop, which takes place on the same date in the Grove and Cherokee Street. VIP tables, VIP tickets including reception and performance, and General Admission tickets are available.
This event marks the third collaboration between St Lou Fringe and Sensory Overload. Past Five-Fifths events included Alice in Wonderland and The Life and Times of Marie Antoinette.
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ABOUT ST LOU FRINGE: St Lou Fringe bolsters cultural identity in St Louis by providing a support structure to connect independent performing arts with accessible, affordable showcase settings for audiences. Fringe showcases theatre and dance, storytelling and spoken word, burlesque and acrobatics, visual art and more in a one-of-a-kind pressure-cooker of artistic expression. St Lou Fringe has been named “Best Theatre Festival” and “Best Theatre Surprise” by the Riverfront Times, one of “Nine Intriguing US Fringe Festivals” by CNN, and one of “Fifty Essential Summer Festivals” by the New York Times. The 2016 Fringe Season runs April through August. For more information: www.stlfringe.com.
ABOUT SENSORY OVERLOAD: Sensory Overload events combine live music, visual art and performance to create a multisensory experience for the audience. We strive to offer a platform that cultivates a strong fan base for local talent, while connecting with each other.