PERFORMANCE: "Jennifer Miller Performs Her Signature Sideshow Acts!

This performance is a part of "Directing the Gaze: How Performance Can Challenge Negative Stereotypes About Otherness."

Those stigmatized as "other" have a range of options for managing their stigma, and have historically been expected to try to cover and minimize their otherness. However, these demands--and categorization itself--can be resisted by choosing to present and perform publicly. Performing artist Jennifer Miller has used circus and sideshow platforms, and her own gender-bending bearded-ness, to challenge norms of self-presentation in society. As a bearded woman, Miller confronts gender confusion on a daily basis. As a skilled circus director and performer, she has used her personal experience of being "othered" to create performances that help audiences see into an experience of gender fluidity that can be liberating and joyous. This free public event will be co-sponsored by Themester: Diversity, Difference, Otherness.

Friday October 20, 2017 08:00 PM
Friday October 20, 2017 09:30 PM
Mathers Museum
Professor Susan Seizer
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