Dazzle Camouflage is out!!

Dazzle Camouflage: Spectacular Theatrical Strategies for Resistance and Resilience offers two profiles of contemporary theater artists, Jenny Romaine and The Eggplant Faerie Players, generating analysis about their shared transformative theatrical strategies. Using oral history, archival research, and experiences working with these artists, the author tells their stories and identifies the roles of Dazzle Camouflage, Re-Mixing History, and Rehearsing Resistance in their work. Both profiles are interwoven with progressive Jewish and Queer culture and politics.



Dazzle Camouflage Review in Arts Everywhere

Dazzle Camouflage: Spectacular Theatrical Strategies for Resistance and Resilience is the type of book you want to buy multiple copies of and give to your friends so you all can talk about it. It’s funny, accessible, and most importantly, it is about people and ideas that are otherwise absent from mainstream discussions around contemporary art and life.

In the book, Philadelphia based artist, activist, and public intellectual Ezra Berkley Nepon provides examples of engaged theater practices rooted in ideas of health, identity, faith, citizenship, and community by looking at New York based theater artist Jenny Romaine and the Eggplant Faerie Players, a theater troupe with a connection to the wilds of Tennessee. Collectively their work explores Jewish history, the legacy of family and trauma, gender, sexuality, age, HIV / AIDS, the impact of capitalism and gentrification, and the ongoing role of the archive. The book is a reach back into the not-so-distant past to help us think about how we are living now.

Read more of this review and interview with Theodore Kerr in Arts Everywhere


JVP Web Gallery Launches

Today the Jewish Voice for Peace Artist Council Web Gallery site launched, after about a year of planning and design. This gallery site is a project created by members of the JVP Artist Council, intended to house an evolving archive of creative and cultural work relevant to JVP’s mission and goals. We intend these galleries to offer resources and tools for inspiration, reflection, education, and to document some of the different strategies and experiments created by artists and cultural workers in the JVP network. The galleries will be created by members of the Artist Council and by guest curators from allied organizations and social justice movements.

Defiant Archives

“Defiant Archives: Trans Histories of Existence, Resistance, and Brilliance” exhibit shares a collection of archival and personal items with a focus on the history of transgender activism in Philadelphia, curated and collected by local trans community members. Visitors will be able to watch a collection of oral history videos shared by the Trans Oral History Project, as well as the short documentary video “Transpass” about the work of Riders Against Gender Exclusion, a local activist group who won the fight to end SEPTA’s use of gendered stickers in 2013. The exhibit also invites participation, as visitors are welcomed to share their own histories on a timeline stretching from 1965 to 2015.

The Defiant Archives exhibit responds to a missing piece in the Reminder 2015 celebration. Before, during, and after the Annual Reminder Day protests (1965-69) demanded gender conformity from participants, transgender and gender nonconforming activists have mobilized for sexual and gender self-determination, social transformation, and collective liberation.

The exhibit is dedicated to the memory of Charlene Arcila-Ecks.

An opening event on July 24th featured performances by Icon Ebony Fierce and legendary drag performer Les Harrison.

The full exhibit runs from July 24-September 20, and is accessible during the Center’s open hours:
MON – FRI 11am – 10pm
SAT – SUN 12pm – 5pm

G Philly: William Way Community Center Opening Trans Philadelphia Exhibit.
PGN: Acts of Defiance: Trans history on display in new exhibit.
Newsworks: In celebrating Philly LGBT history, the ‘T’ is silent — and that’s not all.