BLEED! is a showcase of new solo experimental works from three dynamic Pacific Northwest performance artists. It features new work from performance art/comedy cult legend Queen Shmooquan, experimental performer Alisa Popova, and performer / visual artist Patrick Clark.
Queen Shmooquan. Dark Wave, is a solo performance art/comedy/music piece featuring Queen Shmooquan, the Modern Day Oracle. The Queen shape-shifts from her lucid “everyday hero” self into bizarre manifestations of the normalized, yet dissonant imagery of our current American political and social landscape, seamlessly transitioning from one costume, performance medium, to the next, resulting in hilarious, fast paced, absurd and surrealistic music and theater. This performance of Queen Shmooquan. Dark Wave is an extension of a piece originally presented at the Risk/Reward Fest.
The hybridized practice of Jeppa K Hall (performance artist/comedian, vocalist, musician and songwriter) is difficult to describe or even categorize. As Queen Shmooquan, Jeppa creates solo psychedelic theater performances that merge pop-art clowning with multimedia performance art, music, and nonlinear storytelling to create thought provoking, hilarious music and theater. Subsequently, she has developed a cult like following and her performances have lent themselves to be featured in just about every type of performance venue imaginable. Jeppa is a 2014 recipient of the Conductive Garboil Grant.
Alisa Popova Sidesmile
Using her(self), the audience, and a few objects, Alisa grapples with reality, the infinity of choices within each moment, and the average human’s relationship with their mind, which has a mind of its own, pun intended. Through it all, Alisa showcases the body as absurd and/or beautiful, and contemplates necessity, especially in relation to performance.
Alisa Popova started showing small experimental performance works around the city in 2016. She is compelled to do so by a mysterious force. Alisa is deeply committed to the unlayering of her true Self, while not taking anything (too) seriously in the process. Alisa majored in dance at the UW, and has enjoyed exploring somatic and performance practices ever since. Alisa’s work has been showcased by Velocity Dance Center, Studio Current, Soil Gallery, and InArts.
Patrick Clark’s Kingfisher is a multimedia solo work using printed words and images, light, and everyday objects to reveal inner states as archetypes: the self-loather, the unaware privileged man, the groveling servant, the angry loser, etc. Using contrapuntal devices related to music composition to layer humor and discomfort, it is up to the audience to decide which archetype to promote, and which layer to believe.
Patrick Clark is Seattle-based performance artist, composer, music theorist and graphic designer. He holds degrees in Music Composition from the University of Washington and SUNY new Paltz. His compositions have been performed extensively in Seattle and New York. As a singer, Patrick has performed with The Esoterics, Whim W’Him, Bob Dorough, and the Kronos Quartet. A 2015 Artist in Residence at Seattle’s Studio Current, Patrick co-founded the organization’s bi-monthly Juicy! event. An accomplished graphic designer, he was a recipient of a 2009 Ideas That Matter grant