Janice Perry has been quoted by BBC radio as ‘One of the World’s Most Respected Performance Artists’ and by The Independent as ‘a cross between Doris Day and a high-velocity rifle.’ She will be performing at London LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and Queer) art festival GFEST in November 2011.
GFEST is known as ‘LGBTQ art fest for all in London’. GFEST 2011 dates: 7 to 20 November. GFEST features established alongside fresh or young LGBT artists and queer talent across the arts, including LGBT short films, visual arts, theatre and performance, debates, workshops and parties.
Full 2011 programme info & booking on: http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk
GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2011 performances will take place at The Cockpit (Theatre), Gateforth Street, Marylebone, London, NW8 8EH on Thus 17, Fri 18 and Sat 19 Nov at 7.30 PM / Online: http://www.wegottickets.com/f/2991
GFEST team caught up with Janice to ask her about her views on her own work and creativity in general:
How do you see your own performance work?
‘Not Just Another Pretty face’ is an embodied record of US American socio/cultural history from 1981 to the present, covering topics from sexual and gender identity to the NEA censorship of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs. And it is funny.
How would you describe your own practice?
My practice is divided: one part is live stage work, in which I’m using humor, costume, lighting, and video to present social criticism and political satire. Another part is interdisciplinary multi-media work that is also strongly critical, and also uses humor as a way to get social and political criticism across. This “off-stage” work usually integrates video, text, and movement– ok, my stage work does that too! And perhaps my favorite, working with students and established artists in creating new multi-media work.
Are there any external factors that help you creatively?
I’d love a 3-year commission to lead a series of multi-media performance and installation pieces made in collaboration with several groups of emerging and established artists and thinkers from different disciplines.
Thank you Janice and best wishes from GFEST team.
For more information on GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2011 please contact: Subodh Rathod, Wise Thoughts / GFEST – Gaywise FESTival
Tel: 020 8889 9555
http://www.wisethoughts.org & http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk