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Ikechukwu Ufomadu Ikechukwu Ufomadu is an actor and comic entertainer. He is creator and host to a number of original, live shows including: his evening of talk-show entertainment Ike at Night (Under the Radar/The Public Theater, The Bushwick Starr, JACK); his night of comedy and music Nightcap | by Ike (Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater); his one-man variety hour Ike Night (Ars Nova, San Francisco Sketchfest); his Christmas show Ike for the Holidays (Manhattan Inn); and more. He performs stand-up at venues across New York, including Union Hall and UCB. He’s also featured in several episodes of The Special without Brett Davis. Ikechukwu has collaborated with several OBIE-winning theatre companies including: Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, 600 Highwaymen and Hoi Polloi. He trained at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts; the International Theatre Workshop in The Netherlands; and Studio Five’s theatre and dance programs in Indonesia. Ikechukwu is an Artist-in-Residence at Joe’s Pub at The Public as a member of the 2017 Class of Joe’s Pub Working Group. (source: ikehimself.com) BACK<— 10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 9. Salty Brine BACK <–
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Salty Brine The Living Record Collection Salty Brine is a New York-based actor, playwright, and cabaret artist. He is the creative force behindThe Living Record Collection, a series of cabaret performances built around popular albums. Time Out New York has called him “the love child of a Paul Lynde, Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey in Cabaret threeway”. NY Credits: Clown Bar (Pipeline, The Box), How Did I Get Here? (Bowery Arts & Science), Vera; Or The Nihilists (HERE), Shannon Foy (Bowery Arts & Science), The Poor Of New York (Connelly Theater), Backstage At Horror Drag (Animals, Incubator Arts Project), Thanksgiving! A! Pageant! (Ars Nova), The Infernal Machine (CSV Cultural Center), Straight Talk (Dixon Place), Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge (HERE), Oh The Horror! (Naked Angels). Regional: The Elementary Spacetime Show (César Alvarez, Philly Fringe), The Baltimore Waltz (Cape Rep), Dead From New York (Diversionary Theatre). He is co-creator (with Justin Levine) of the vaudeville duo Pepper ‘n Sam (Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub). Salty is currently rewriting the libretto of the musical Kicks (score by Alan Menken). Faculty, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, NYU. (Source: thesaltiestbrine.com) Photo: Marcus Middleton NEXT–> 10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 10. Ikechukwu Ufomadu NEXT–> BACK<— 10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 8. Daniel Alexander Jones (Jomama Jones) BACK <–
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Daniel Alexander Jones / Jomama Jones Daniel Alexander Jones makes live art. He has dissolved boundaries and explored radical presence for over 20 years through his dynamic, interdisciplinary practice. His body of work is unified by its consistent regard for human complexity, its commitment to kindness and generosity at its core, and by its faith in the power of live art to foster empathic communication. Jones’s work is best described as Afromysticism. He is a significant contributor to the development of The Theatrical Jazz Aesthetic, Jones employs collaboration, risk and spontaneity in the crafting and presentation of his work. Performing as his alter-ego Jomama Jones, Daniel tours the show, Radiate, created in collaboration with Dr. Bobby Halvorson. Radiate, which premiered at Soho Rep, has played in Minneapolis, Austin, Los Angeles and Boston and was a critics’ pick of the New York Times, Time Out New York, The New Yorker and Time Out Chicago, among others; was named on Hilton Als’s Best Of 2011 List for the New Yorker; and won a 2014 Austin Critics’ Table Award for best touring production. Jomama Jones has performed in concert at Joe’s Pub, Symphony Space, JACK, and Los Globos in LA. On the Aries Records imprint, Jomama Jones has released three CDs of original music, Lone Star, Radiate and Six Ways Home and a fourth album, Flowering, released January 2017. Daniel’s essay about the project, “The Radiant Desire of Jomama Jones” is featured in the Winter 2014 issue of TDR. Jomama Jones’s Black Light will run at Joe’s Pub as part of the Public Theater’s 2017-2018 Season. Daniel received a 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award, among the most prestigious awards in the arts, in recognition of his risk-taking practice, and a 2016 USA Artist Fellow; he was also named an inaugural Mellon Foundation Creative Research Fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle for 2017-2019. He is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Fordham University in NYC, where he resides. (Source: Bio and About on danielalexanderjones.com) Photo: Angela Jimenez NEXT–> 10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 9. Salty Brine NEXT–> BACK<— 10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 7. Jibz Cameron (Dynasty Handbag) BACK <–
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Narcissister Narcissister employs a spectacle-rich approach to explorations of gender, racial identity, and sexuality. Humor, pop songs, elaborate costumes, contemporary dance, and her trademark mask are her tools in deconstructing stereotypical representations. By opening up and turning against themselves what Stuart Hall calls “fixed and closed stereotypical representations,” Narcissister exposes, in live performance, video and photography, the practice of representation itself, and challenges the audience to question its own attraction and repulsion. Narcissister questions fetishism, particularly sexual fetishism, which is notorious in its fixing of racist and gendering stereotypes. Rather than abandon this contaminated site, Narcissister dives headlong into the muck, into the depths of the fantasy and fetish itself, to expose and deconstruct their power. Intervening in the exchange between the image and its psychic meaning uncovers the collective fantasies with which we invest these images, and forces representation open. Narcissister performances, videos, and images, with their unabashed eroticism, therefore question, rather than merely provide, titillation. In addition, humor (Narcissister’s key subversive tool) and deliberately shocking gestures and imagery resist the easy thrill of unexamined sexuality and self-display. Both Narcissister’s name and her mask reflect the double dynamic created with the work. The Narcissister mask is a repurposed wig display form designed in Los Angeles in 1965 by female entrepreneur Verna Doran. Falling within the narrow conception of femininity and beauty still predominant in the culture, the mask draws in the viewer; simultaneously, the mask – a tool for acquiring and establishing superiority and separation – pushes the viewer away. Similarly, the name Narcissister, while evoking the dysfunction of narcissism, also connotes – through humorous punning – both sisterhood and concerns beyond the self. Self-absorption thus gives way to self-scrutiny through the expansive collection of both culturally significant and culturally debased characters she portrays. Always staying true to her essential self (a self embodied by the mask), Narcissister enacts the shifting and changing of roles and identities skillfully and gracefully, a nod to the need to accept and surrender to impermanence in the Buddhist sense. Wearing the mask, and portraying a variety of roles, Narcissister is an example of a visceral and kinesthetic experience of seeing the world through another’s eyes, of seeing another point of view, and thereby allowing for a broader transpersonal experience. (Source: Narcissister Artist Statement) NEXT–> 10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 7. Jibz Cameron (Dynasty Handbag) NEXT–> BACK<— 10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 5. Erin Markey BACK <–
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Jibz Cameron / Dynasty Handbag Jibz Cameron is a performance/video artist and actor living in Los Angeles. Her multi-media performance work as alter ego Dynasty Handbag has spanned 15 years and been presented at such institutions as MOCALA, PS1, Joe’s Pub, The Kitchen, REDCAT, The Broad Museum, Hammer Museum, New Museum of Contemporary Art New York, among others. She has been heralded by the New York Times as “the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years” and “outrageously smart, grotesque and innovative” by The New Yorker. She has written and produced 6 evening length performance pieces and countless short works that have been performed in clubs and venues internationally. She also produced multiple video works and 2 albums of original music. In addition to her work as Dynasty Handbag she has also been seen acting in films, theater and television (internet web series no one has seen). She works as a professor of performance and comedy related subjects in addition to lecturing and teaching workshops. Jibz also produces and hosts Weirdo Night!, a monthly comedy and performance event in Los Angeles. Jibz recently moved from New York to Los Angeles and is in development with Electric Dynamite on a television series about a performance artist that moves from New York to Los Angeles. It’s gonna be HUGE. (Source: dynastyhandbag.com) Photo: Alex Escalante NEXT–> 10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 8. Daniel Alexander Jones NEXT–> BACK<— 10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 6. Narcissister BACK <–
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