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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Art/community bio!

In the context of Concordia University's ARTH 398S, here's a rough outline of my artist (lol) bio:

Jordan Arseneault is active in Montréal’s non-commercial independent queer performance scene. Co-producing Radical Queer Semaine’s STALLE performance revue in March 2010-2012, and the much-acclaimed Cabaret Faux Pas at Café Cleopatra for Pervers/cité in August 2010 with Laura Boo MacDonald, Jordan has been actively performing in the domestic Cabaret Faux Pas since 2009 with “Resist Conscription,” a piece which was later performed in Cambridge, Mass. at Aliza Shapiro’s Traniwreck (truthserum productions). He was invited to present his piece “First World Problems” in a curated show for Studio 303’s Cabaret SPARK, and has hosted and programmed the sex worker solidarity show “Dénonçons la violence” for Chez Stella on Dec. 17Th, 2010, and has had the pleasure of hosting 3 Meow Mix cabarets in his Peaches Lepage persona. How to Build a Fire Queer Sans Fin Convergence (Jan 2011), a community-oriented performance project presented in collaboration with Damien Luxe, Silas Howard, and Laura MacDonald, was his most recent undertaking (more info at ). In 2012, he was the moderator for the Concordia HIV/AIDS lecture given by researcher Barry Adam, and gave a workshop to students in Art-x on anti-institutional art practice.
Often performing under the stage names Aïda Cökenbalz, Peaches Lepage, or Tooloose LeTrick, for various benefit shows and cabarets (Faggity Ass Fridays, Up Yours!,, and Glam Gam Productions), he is a collaboration addict, replacing his other addictions with that of performance starting with 2008's Girl Gang Thank-You Card (with video collaboration by Jessica MacCormack). In 2011-2012, he was part of a collective piece entitled Tightrope, wherein he joined Montréal performance artists for shows at Toronto's Buddies in Bad Times, and for the Triennale of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. He spends his time as an editor, translator, facilitator, organizer and MC in Montréal.

Peaches Lepage "First World Problems" (2010) Spark Cabaret

Saturday, September 15, 2012