WARNING: This performance contains hand-to-hand combat, cartoon gunshots, and hastily applied wigs.
Attention! Looney Tunes lovers, theater kids, and silly wabbits seeking revenge—this show is for you.
A collaboration between drag performer Silk Worm, movement artist Frank Leasing, and butoh legend Hiroko Tamano, The jaws of all are red with gore explores the classic cartoon series Looney Tunes as an anthology of hunting myths. The show will reimagine Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny’s charged relationship, using performance techniques from drag and butoh to reanimate timeless archetypes of hunter and rabbit, predator and prey. Audiences can expect choreographic tableaus of bouncing bunnies and wild goose chases, flickering by like channels on a TV. The jaws of all are red with gore asks: What happens when you put Saturday morning cartoons under the microscope? What can Looney Tunes tell us about violence, seduction, and present-day America? What is up, Doc?
Supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission’s San Francisco Artist Grant, Dancers’ Group’s CA$H Dance grant program, the Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency, and a Fresh Meat Productions FRESH WORKS! Commission
About the Artists
Silk Worm straddles the worlds of drag, theater, and dance. Silk has presented her work at /, Berkeley Art Museum, the Cantor Center for the Arts, 2727 California Street, and Fierce! Festival in Birmingham, UK. Her practice emerges from eight years of engagement with the Bay Area’s queer nightlife as a drag queen and producer. www.silkwormqueen.com
Frank Leasing is an interdisciplinary artist, somatics facilitator, and designer based in Oakland. Their performance practice collides movement, archival media, and written and spoken word. Their performance and installation work has been presented at The Lab, 2727 California Street, Underground SF, and HIT Gallery, among others.
Hiroko Tamano (Butoh artist) was born in Fukuoka, Japan. In the early 1970s she entered the studio of Butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata in Tokyo. With the partnership with Koichi Tamano, who first brought Butoh to the USA in 1976, she is based in Berkeley, California. Her motto is: “Never too late!” For more information, you can find her on Facebook (Berkeley Butoh Harupin-Ha and Koichi Tamano) and Instagram (@tamanokoichi).
Image of Silk Worm by Wren Farrell