Pink Bucket 3 – Of Spirit
Welcome back for your yearly injection of Pink Bucket.
And What? Queer Arts Festival Presents: Pink Bucket 3: Of Spirit
An evening of wonky circus, cabaret and live art exploring spirit through the eyes, voices and limbs of queer performers. You may be full of spirit or have left it at the door. You might pray to Madonna or the Madonna.
Whether you tarot over rune, if you’re a white witch or super bitch, join our host, the beautiful and holy Virgin Xtravaganzah, and a gaggle of TEN leading queer-lights for an evening of performance, song and the unexpected. It’s guaranteed to get your spirit fingers moving.
Virgin Xtravaganzah (Host): “Heaven is boring. Gawd is old. I am a 2000-year-old virgin and I have had enough! So I came down to earth to be a superstar!” London’s Holy one (and only Virgin Mary drag compere and comedian) Virgin Xtravaganzah is an international performer and MC who has has brought her shows to venues across Londinium and also regularly comperes for Torture Garden. She was awarded ‘London’s Next Top Queen’ by a panel including RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage.
MOUSE (Cabaret): MOUSE is the stuff of legend, a cabaret and Burlesque Demi-goddess who is equally shocking and seductive. MOUSE travels the world with their tongue-in-cheek performances and is a regular at The Box Soho.
George Hicks (wandering troubadour): Lord Hicks may have been born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but he’s been educated on the streets. An old-fashioned romantic, armed with only a ukulele and cut-glass diction, he navigates 21st-century life through the medium of song.
Charlie Caplan Wilson (Aerial: Static Trapeze): The premier work of this National Center for Circus Arts graduate, featuring Static Trapeze, Hoop, Rope and other circus-ness. Humans love definitions. They make the world make more sense. They help you know where you fit in. They give you a tribe. The problem is being tied to one thing is can make you hold on to things you should really have dropped and drop things that you should probable have let influence you. Sometimes these things are very clear and sometimes they become muddled and don’t make sense until much later. So… lets use something static to explore versatility.
Joe Keeley (Aerial: Silks): Fuelled by artistic and acrobatic risk, Joseph’s own work continues to explore notions of identity and masculinity as well as the implications of these constructs.
Lasana Shabazz (Cabaret): Premier work from Lasana Shabazz, a multidisciplinary performance artist and force of nature who has performed nationally and internationally. They have worked with the likes of Manchester Art Gallery, Hampton Court and the Tate Britain.
Lennin Nelson-McClure – Circus Artist (Dance/Acro Balance): A 21-year-old, Belfast-born circus and performance artist. Graduated from the National Centre for Circus Arts in 2018, specialising in the aerial arts.
Yam Doyev (Aerial: Straps): Premier work, flying in all the way from Israel. Yam Doyev said her parents were originally horrified at the idea of her joining the circus. “They thought I was crazy, that I had lost my mind. They offered to give me money to not go to circus school. But they got used to the idea.” Acrobat Doyev uses silks, hoops and straps in their complex and dangerous aerial routines.
Vee Smith (Vendetta Vain) & SADIQ SADIQ: Long-time collaborators Vendetta Vain and Sadiq Sadiq create poignant, fierce, evocative work which sits between circus and Live Art. Using the visceral vocabulary circus has to offer, Sadiq and Vendetta seek to make issue based work that reflects their problematic, joyful, disruptive queer selves.