VULVA CLUB #21 - the last VC this year!
female trouble | For VULVA CLUB #21 female trouble invite Dusty Whistles, Emma Haugh and Shannon Cooney to share their work with us | Mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Hauptstadtkulturfonds
VULVA CLUB is a regular event series in Berlin, an attempt towards peripheral visibility. With VULVA CLUB female trouble invite guests and fellows to choreograph challenging and experimental encounters between art, works, people, ideas and conversations. Each edition of VULVA CLUB is unique in format and concept, designed together with the invited guests and their contributions. VULVA CLUB is not just another framework for production and presentation, but an event that wants to nourish artistic discourse and community.
Under the symbol of the VULVA, VC aims to create space for other(ed) voices, expressions, perspectives and practices that for systemic reasons are forgotten, shamed and marginalised. The name VULVA CLUB is not an affirmation of cis-normativity. Continuously informed and reshaped by its guests and audiences, VULVA CLUB insists on bringing people together in ways that challenge patriarchal-capitalist structures of value, time and visibility.
female trouble are a friendship based collective (Agata Siniarska, Roni Katz, Xenia Taniko) working in Berlin since 2013. We share a mutual process of artistic, intellectual, personal and political exchange revolving around art(istic) work(s), bodies, queerness and feminisms. In 2014 female trouble initiated the public platform VULVA CLUB with the objective of bolstering and activating a community.
This time at Vulva Club:
Dusty Whistles is a post human drag performer and multidisciplinary artist born and raised in New York coming from a working class immigrant background. Her drag persona is a living network of relation expressed through a point of multiple intersections of lifeforms and experiences. Her approach to drag is contextualized both within a movement and identity study and rooted in practical histories of liberation and resistance struggles. She has been a resident of Berlin for the last 12 years, participating in the cities political counter culture and artistic communities, and currently resides in Lisbon, Portugal. She is self taught in her artistic disciplines, is the founder of Faux Real, Berlin’s first exclusively trans, non binary, and women’s drag performance evening and community, and her work has been shown in various drag performance contexts within in Berlin’s nightlife. She has also shown her work internationally, as well as in Berlin’s artistic institutions, such as the nGbK, Schwules Museum, Gemäldegalerie, Volksbühne, SAVVY Contemporary, Maxim Gorki Theater, Sophiensaele, and Ballhaus Naunynstrasse.
Emma Haugh is a visual artist and educator based in Dublin and Berlin. Working across disciplines she weaves together installation, performance, publishing and collaborative workshop techniques. She is interested in re-orienting attention in relation to cultural narratives and develops her work from a working class-queer-feminist questioning of what is missing? A continued engagement with club culture and dyke aesthetics informs the collective making of temporary, autonomous spaces. Emma’s background in working with Augusto Boals’ Theatre of the Oppressed has inflected her work with the particular quality of overlapping critique and proposition making towards shared spaces of potential and alterity. Since 2015 Emma is part of the artistic/curatorial collective The Many Headed Hydra together with the curator and artistic director of District Berlin, Suza Husse.
Emma has worked as visiting lecturer at: The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (2017), The Universität der Künste Berlin (2017), IADT Dún Laoghaire (2017), NCAD, Dublin (2015), and has given workshops at: Hamburger Bahnhof Museum of Modern Art, Berlin (2018), Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne (2018), Gasworks, London (2017) and IMMA, Dublin (2015).
Shannon Cooney, Canadian choreographer, dancer/performer and dance educator based in Berlin, Germany since 2006, received a B.F.A honours/dance at York University, Toronto in 1992. Her choreography has been presented since 1993 in Canada, Europe the in the U.K.
As a dancer she has performed in the works of several choreographers and she danced from 1994-2006 in Toronto-based Dancemakerswith artistic director Serge Bennathan, which toured nationally and internationally. Shannon has performed in installation works of Visual artists including Marla Hlady (CA), and Heidi Sill (DE), and performed in numerous events of performance improvisations with musicians/performers and artists. She works as an artistic advisor and creative facilitator for directors and choreographers in dance and performance. She practices Craniosacral bodywork since 1996.
Shannon created a dance practice called Dynamic Expansion-Moveable Cinema, which she teaches internationally for dance training centres, companies, universities and other organizations. It is a practice combining her embodied knowledge in craniosacral work and contemporary dance.