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CHILDREN OF THE COCKETTES (2011) / The Crystal Ball
CPR - Center for Performance Research
Brooklyn, NY
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CHILDREN OF THE COCKETTES (2011) / The Crystal Ball

An epic free-form video project documenting the queer art and performance scene of the Bay Area through the lens of The Cockettes heritage. Global post-modern mash-up Zeitgeist and progressive absorption of Queer Culture into the mainstream poise the world for a renewed appreciation of the motley Weimar Republic of the American West that is San Francisco. Filmmaker Mister WA explores the remarkably free-spirited drag and performance torches carried by Trannyshack and Peaches Christ and of which the Thillpeddlers revivals of Cockette shows are the pearl. Belgian expatriate Mister WA has been single-handedly shooting, editing and producing his bastard sequel to David Weissman's and Bill Weber's The Cockettes since 2008. While transforming each magic theater he enters, Mister WA leaves a vibrant quilt of art, performance, music and glamor that celebrates freedom and community.

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Set to the music of Edvard Grieg, Jules Massenet and Martin Codax and featuring a cast of celebrated international dancers, The Crystal Ball is a mini-ballet based on an obscure 1812 Grimm fairytale of an enchantress who believes her three sons are trying to steal her power. She banishes the first son to a snowy peak by changing him into an eagle; the second one she transforms into a whale and casts into the deep blue sea, while the third quietly steals away on a quest to find the King's daughter imprisoned in the Castle of the Golden Sun. This mini-ballet is Rumi Missabu's most ambitious project to date, in response to his recent immersion in the world of dance.

Impresario, mentor, curator and male actress Rumi Missabu is a founding member of the original San Francisco psychedelic and counter-cultural troupe The Cockettes. Serving as archivist, he continues to keep the troupe's spirit of liberated arts aflame with recent exhibitions, screenings, tours and performances around the world that serve as a filter for the entire camp life style where illusion becomes reality and fantasy becomes truth. As a pioneer of early gay liberation through art, all Rumi ever wanted to do was start a flame in people's hearts; instead, he set the world on fire.

The cast and filmmaker will be available for a short Q & A immediately following the event.



CPR - Center for Performance Research
361 Manhattan Avenue, Unit 1
Brooklyn, NY 11211
United States


Arts > Performance

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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