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Cheetah Banks

Vanessa Kamp

Details

Categories: Theater, Dance

Dates: September 21, 2023 - September 25, 2023

Run Time: 60 mins

Venue: Fidget Space

Overview

Treading the peripheries of narrative and performance, Cheetah Banks is a 60-minute solo where three different characters embody codes of power, gender, and desire using dance, movement, sound, and objects, paving a path that is equal parts absurd, harrowing, and unpredictable.

Born in Florida in the 1980s, Cheetah Banks has gone to Barcelona to visit, but since their driver’s license has expired, cannot return to Florida. Cheetah’s sister asks what it’s like to live in a strange land, be it here, there, or anywhere.

Incorporating modes of physicality from clown, improvisation, and gesture, with audience participation, tragicomic numbers, video, and original music, over-saturation and distortion of the familiar sets up its own unraveling, with shifts into unfamiliar and abstract poetic spaces of reflection on human experiences of death, isolation, transformation.

Cheetah Banks seeks to address beliefs and preconceptions about many aspects of social identity and its construction: foreignness, aging, exoticism, gender, sex, class, desire, language, beauty, body, making way for spaces inhabited by plural identities, resistant to stable classification.

The overall aesthetic is low-tech, collage, camp, with harsh light, abrupt transitions, unexpected juxtapositions, always teetering between the real and unreal. Seemingly superficial and simplistic characterizations end up revealing an unexpected vulnerability and humanity. Seemingly silly and haphazard uses of song and dance become keys to transformation.

Cheetah Banks was co-produced by and premiered at the Antic Teatre in Barcelona in 2022 and will have its first US showings presented at Cannonball Festival 2023.

Cannonball, produced by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, is the first and largest independent festival hub of the Philadelphia Fringe that presents risk-taking independent artists in back-to-back performances next to delicious lounge spaces, fostering creative collisions and community conversation.

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About the Artist

I am a multi-disciplinary artist from the USA based in Barcelona, Spain. With a background in sports, fine arts, and textiles, my most recent work has been a fusion of improvisational dance and clowning anchored in movement, perception, and metaphor.

Credits

  • Vanessa KampDirector
  • performer
  • Mila Von ChobiakOriginal music
  • José Pablo ParraLighting design
  • Magda GarzónChoreography assistant
  • Elia GenisMovement assistant
  • Eric SymonsCreative consultant
  • Nancy EastepCreative consultant
  • Sebastian MantillaVideo
  • Ariadna SanzDramaturgy assistant
  • Jango EdwardsCreative consultant
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