Baroque Drag: Gender, Masculinity + Violence


Performed by drag queen Rhys's Pieces, non-binary vocalist Ella Taylor, lute player Sam Brown, and electronic musician Benjamin TassieAfter Violence will explore gender, masculinity and male violence from a uniquely queer perspective, celebrating diverse identities though radical, cross-genre performance. 

Using the music of baroque composer John Dowland as a framework, After Violence will incorporate elements of dance, cabaret, drag, electronic-pop and baroque music to explore plural perspectives on maleness and masculinity.

_REMIX will run workshops for members of the LGBTQI+ community to inform the creation of After Violence. Learn more here.

After Violence is made possible using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Watch our interview with the artists, below.

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Rhys's Pieces

Rhys Hollis (Rhys's Pieces) is 'revolutionising the London drag scene' [Hunger Magazine]. He is a regular performer at queer venues including the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Her Upstairs, The Glory, Dalston Superstore and elsewhere. Rhys has performed at festivals including Yo Sissy (Berlin), Latitude, and Bestival, at venues such as Tate Modern and Historic Royal Palaces, and is artist in resident at The Roundhouse (2017-2019).

Follow Rhys on his Instagram.


Ella Taylor

Imbued with their own experiences as a non-binary person, Ella's performance spans operatic and choral singing. Recent performances include appearances at the Leeds Lieder Festival and at the Tête à Tête festival. They have recently completed their Masters at the Royal Academy of Music.Read more about Ella's work on their website.


Sam Brown

Sam Brown has given recitals across the UK and in Spain, France, Germany, Czechia, Switzerland, China and Kenya. He has performed at the Barbican centre, St Martin in the Fields, and St James' Piccadilly, and elsewhere. As well as a recitalist, Sam has collaborated on many theatre and dance projects, performing at the Globe, the Shakespeare Institute, and at the National Gallery. Visit Sam’s website to learn more.

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Benjamin Tassie

Benjamin Tassie is a composer of electronic and acoustic music. He has collaborated with artists including Joby Burgess, Juice Vocal, Liam Byrne and Rambert Dance, performing at venues including Tate Modern, Wilderness Festival, Kensington Palace and on BBC Radio 3 and Resonance FM. Read more about Benjamin’s work on his website.

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Dulwich Picture Gallery is the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery: it was founded in 1811 when Sir Francis Bourgeois RA bequeathed his collection of old masters “for the inspection of the public”.

Opening in September 2018, the gallery's exhibition of Spanish Baroque artist Jusepe de Ribera will bring together his most sensational, shocking and masterfully composed work. Examining the painter's depictions of male violence, the exhibition will bring together paintings and drawings involving a complex artistic, religious and cultural engagement in the depiction of bodily suffering. After Violence is made as a response to Ribera's canvas, Apollo Flaying Marsyas, and will be performed in the gallery beneath the monumentalpainting.


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