CMM0013–ORDER OF FLO with Joy and Rivkah

When. May 15, 2021 – Doors open at 7:30 pm, and the performance begins at 8:00 pm. 
Where. Private residence in Montrose
Tickets. $30 per person, $50 for a duet. Purchase tickets at Eventbrite
Admission includes performance, talk-back, Queer Bucks to tip performers, and participation in group Tarot. 
Jeanette Joy Harris

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Dancer and choreographer Rivkah French (Houston) and philosopher Maggie Malady (Denton) are presenting “Order of Flo,” a queer-focused, interdisciplinary performance and installation curated by artistic researcher Jeanette Joy Harris, on May 15th at 7:30 pm at a private residence in Montrose. 

Drawing on themes from queer theory and responding to COVID-19, “Order of Flo” playfully dances along the lines of destiny at the intersection of bodily motion and mindful emotion. Melting the presentations of drag, queer bodies, and weird minds, “Order of Flo” trans-imagines dance, tarot, poetry, and glossolalia. The evening welcomes a co-revelation of dancers thinking, philosophers moving, and audiences emerging.

We are pleased to have found a place where performers and audiences can safely interact. Performance has been hit hard by the Pandemic. ‘Order of Flo’ allows artists to share the work that has been incubating… Belial, Kayla Mason, ShyLah, Urethra Burns, and Michelle Reyes will join Maggie and me in a performance that interrogates gender norms and performance, itself.

Rivkah French, an independent choreographer whose most recent work explores non-binary drag performance.

ORDER OF FLO is part of Harris’ ongoing interdisciplinary project “Possessing a Common Logic,” which is supported by Houston Arts Alliance and was a Let Creativity Happen grant recipient.  French was introduced to Malady through “Possessing a common logic” and what started as a Zoom-based conversation evolved into an in-person performance. “Maggie and I have known each other for over twenty years. I am thrilled to have introduced him to Rivkah so people can experience how a dialogue between philosophy and choreography can open up new locations of thought,” says Harris. 

Malady, who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of North Texas, is equally involved in public and institutionalized philosophy. “My intellectual projects naturally move between disciplines, ideas, and locations and are performative,” says Malady. “This format allows for a type of robust engagement that most audience members will have never experienced.” 

“Order of Flo” includes “Morse Covid,” a special guest sound/video installation by NY/TX artist anthamatten-dominguez. In this project, the RNA sequence of the coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) has been translated into Morse code, yielding a powerfully meditative musical and video “transmission” of the information embedded in the virus with the intention of facilitating a new relationship, and potentially healing experience for the viewer. 

The performance also features poetry from Maggie Malady and beats from It’s Like That recording artist 1 1 Bey.

“Bringing together multiple disciplines to create a cohesive work of art is at the heart of ‘Possessing,” says Harris. Interdisciplinary work with a focus on performance and politics is not only part of Harris’ creative practice but is central to her research at European Graduate School where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought. 

Past “Possessing a common logic” presenters include Maria Azar (University of Maryland – College Park), James Ball III (Texas A&M University), Camilla Cannon (George Washington University), Isa Fontbona (University of Girona), Jennifer Mabus (University of St. Thomas), Melissa Noble (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center), and Miranda Zapata (Texas Woman’s University). Upcoming presenters include Leslie Aarons (CUNY LaGuardia) and Julia Barbosa Landois (Houston). 

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