The Tip of Her Tongue: Dynasty Handbag. Soggy Glasses, A Homo’s Odyssey

The Tip of Her Tongue: Dynasty Handbag. Soggy Glasses, A Homo’s Odyssey 

West Coast Premiere
The Broad

REDCAT and The Broad present The Tip of Her Tongue.

The Tip of Her Tongue features feminist artists in performance who work with language and embodiment. With intense stories to tell, they experiment aggressively with the telling—working with words and how the body's relationship to language is mediated by histories large and small. These intimate performances explore the politics of representation—how gender is produced in, through and as language; and how the stories we tell circulate around, move through, against and with the body. This series has included performances by Karen Finley, Martine Syms, Cassils, and Xandra Ibarra since launching last November.

Guest Curator: Jennifer Doyle

Jennifer Doyle is a Professor of English at UC Riverside and a member of Human Resources Los Angeles (HRLA), a collectively-run art space dedicated to supporting performance and interdisciplinary modes of expression. She has programmed diverse performance events as a member of HRLA, and guest curated exhibitions for the Vincent Price Art Museum and LACE. She is the author of Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art (Duke University Press, 2013).

Jibz Cameron is a performance and video artist and actor living in Los Angeles. Her work as alter ego Dynasty Handbag has been presented at international dives both great and small. Her performances have been heralded by The New York Times as “the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years” and “outrageously smart, grotesque and innovative” by The New Yorker. She has produced numerous video works and two albums of original music. In addition to her work as Dynasty Handbag she has also been seen acting in work by various avant-garde theater groups and in many comedic web series that remain unpopular. She also works as a professor and lecturer of performance and comedy-related subjects at CalArts.

Soggy Glasses, A Homo’s Odyssey is a feminist, comedic, fanny-packed, monomythic hero-journey. Using Homer’s Odyssey as both dramaturgical framework and toilet paper, Dynasty Handbag recasts the masculine allegory of returning home in a feminist context, on a voyage though her extremities, heart, mind, bowels and artist colon-y. Using voiceovers, video interaction, and a giant plush “hero” sandwich, Dynasty Handbag employs the female physical and spiritual body as the terrain for her journey home, in an ultimate Homeric search for her true nature, and she will most likely fail.

Soggy Glasses, A Homo’s Odyssey was originally commissioned by Franklin Furnace for the BAM 2014 Next Wave Festival and was developed through residencies at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony, and the LMCC Process Space. This performance for The Tip of Her Tongue marks the west coast debut of Soggy Glasses: A Homo's Odyssey.



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FRI May 20
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff