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Dirty Looks: A One Man Show

8 Feb 2016

New York
New York, United States

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Dirty Looks, a bi-coastal platform for queer experimental film, video and performance, returns to The Kitchen to screen A One Man Show, Grace Jones’s remarkable concert video.

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In 1982, Jones collaborated with photographer Jean-Paul Goude, translating their iconic and trailblazing album artwork for the new, home video format. A thrilling showcase for the former disco diva-cum-New Wave chanteuse, the tape combines rock ribaldry with avant-garde theater, tearing asunder racial and gender stereotypes. Jones writes of the tape in her memoirs, “It was like the invention of a new genre, related to the musical, to opera, to circus, to cinema, to documentary, to the art gallery… It was about rejecting normal, often quite sentimental and conventionally crowd-pleasing ways of projecting myself as a black singer and female entertainer, because those ways had turned into clichés, which kept me pent up in a cage. I wanted to jolt the adult world that is traditionally left bland by white men, to shatter certain kinds of smugness through performance and theater.”

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