Gia Fagnelli & Jordan Harris Freshworks Showing: Moving Meditations – Kinaesthetics
Friday, May 7, 7:00pm
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Gia Fagnelli is a third-generation yinzer, the current reigning Mx. Innovative at the Portland Erotic City Awards, and a writer, speaker, death doula, video producer, actor, performer and extraterrestrial gender experiment who combines the arts of drag, pole, prose, video, sound, installation and movement and transmits the amalgam to screens and stages across the galaxy. Jordan Harris is an experimental movement artist, aerialist, choreographer, dance instructor, and drag artist currently working in both Pittsburgh, PA and Austin, TX. The artists collaboration proposes a meditation tool for community members in the worlds of drag, art, and sex work, exploring queer creative alchemy, gender identity, and the intimacy and isolation of performing digitally. Moving Meditations – Kinaesthetics features movements and a healing soundscape by Pittsburgh’s slowdanger.
Gia Fagnelli is a third generation yinzer, the current reigning Mx. Innovative at the Portland Erotic City Awards and a writer, speaker, death doula, video producer, actor, performer and extraterrestrial gender experiment who combines the arts of drag, pole, prose, video, sound, installation and movement and transmits the amalgam to screens and stages across the galaxy. As a video producer Gia has produced numerous full and short length, non-narrative film, music videos, legacy videos, and commercial projects for clients globally. Gia Fagnelli’s video and performance work have been installed featured and screened at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Miami Beach Art Basel, Spearmint Rhino, Rainbow Bath House, Creative Mornings Pittsburgh, Club Cafe, The Glitter Box Theater, The Kelly Strayhorn Theater along with Florida’s esteemed Parliament House and Brooklyn’s House of Yes. As a death doula, Gia assumes the role of end of life care to the dying and afterlife caregiver to the living members of his communities experiencing grief and death and acts as a therapeutic and meditative guide to healing for his communities.
Jordan Harris is an experimental movement artist, aerialist, choreographer, dance instructor, and drag artist currently working in both Pittsburgh, PA and Austin, TX. Jordan bends worlds of androgyny and surrealism to create experiences that are deeply human while conducting a futuristic cyborgian power through their ch and character work.
anna thompson and taylor knight, are co-founders of performance entity, slowdanger. Together, they fuse sound and movement through contemporary and postmodern dance frameworks, using integrative technology, vocalization, and ontological examination to engage in collaborative work. Performers manifest as a non-binary entity that is one body amassed of multiple bodies in space. slowdanger continuously transforms its shape to adapt to a variety of different containers with the shared intention of providing embodied, visceral experiences for their audiences. slowdanger has been featured in Dance Magazine’s ‘ 25 to Watch’, The MoMA, The Andy Warhol Museum, Springboard Danse Montreal, Usine C, Dance Place and more. They were Creatives in Residence at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at CMU and Performers in Residence at the Carnegie Museum of Art in 2019. slowdanger has received support from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and The Opportunity Fund. Currently, taylor and anna are Adjunct Professors of Dance at Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts.
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