Baroque Drag: Gender, Masculinity and violence
Sutton House, 16.11.2018
In November 2018 _REMIX will present a unique baroque drag experience, After Violence. Performed by drag queen Rhys's Pieces, non-binary vocalist Ella Taylor, and electronic musician Benjamin Tassie, After Violence will explore gender, masculinity and male violence from a uniquely queer perspective, celebrating diverse identities though radical, cross-genre performance.
Using the music 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. Performed in the beautiful Tudor setting of the National Trust's Sutton House, After Violence will be a unique musical experience.
The performance will last approximately 60 minutes, with a bar until late.
Listen to 'Mourn, Mourn' by John Dowland, sung by countertenor John Lattimore and recomposed by _REMIX, below.
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.
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 are currently studying for a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music. Read more about Ella's work on their website.
The National Trust's Sutton House is a unique Tudor house surviving in East London. Built in 1535 by prominent courtier of Henry VIII, Sir Ralph Sadleir, Sutton House retains much of the atmosphere of a Tudor home including oak-panelled rooms, original carved fireplaces and a charming courtyard.
During the 1980s Sutton House was occupied by squatters and was a music and social venue known as the Blue House. Sutton House's unique history and rich LGBTQI+ programming make it the ideal venue in which to experience After Violence.