Clock That Mug or Dusted
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Clock That Mug or Dusted

Cherdonna Shinatra


140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
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This conceptual and inspirational homage to feminist performance artists—from Anna Halprin to Janine Antoni—plays on the body as a canvas for social change, rebellion, and personal expansion. Hyperbolizing the normal humiliations of human existence, Jody Kuehner’s beloved drag/dance bio-fem icon Cherdonna Shinatra uses birthday cake and drag make-up to produce a work of that’s part contemporary dance, part performance art, with a stage that becomes like a living canvas. Clock that Mug or Dusted draws on vintage feminist ideals to find what present day queer/drag feminism might be.

$29 general / $20.30 members
$15 student & 25-and-under

The presentation of Clock that Mug or Dusted was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Nerd Out

Check out the abridged interview with creator Jody Kuehner.
Full interview to be posted to the FringeArts blog soon.

FringeArts: What made you think up the title Clock that Mug, or Dusted? Do you remember where you were?

Jody Kuehner: The title came out of a drag saying that you’ve “clocked” something, means you’ve noticed something you like or dislike or generally want to bring attention to, this work is largely improvisational and so the idea of noticing things as they come, “clocking” every moment. Giving “face” aka “mug”, giving attention to… Dusted coming from the idea of putting on your face, “being dusted”, and also it’s used as a word to mean being under the influence or even death- “turning to dust”. All these layers are in the work.

FringeArts: What have you worked on most in fine-tuning Clock that Mug, or Dusted?

Jody Kuehner: The thing I have to work on the most is being present. Responding in the moment to the audience and the elements. If I get too in my head or lose my sense of play, the work dies. It’s a continual practice in not showing but being.

FringeArts: This is a bit open ended, but in your description you write that the work draws “on vintage feminist ideals to find what present day queer/drag feminism might be.” Can you tell us a little about how the “might be” of the present was what you felt important to explore, rather than exploring what the present “is”?

Jody Kuehner: I think because we are in a time where everything has been done, where politically we have come far and also not come far at all, things are changing all the time. What was once very risky/dramatic/radical is not any more. And also those things can be still that radical depending on where you live. So, this is a question I am exploring. I don’t think we can say queerness is this or drag is that, it’s changing every second. I wonder how I fit in? How does one be a queer feminist today? It “is” many things but it’s always changing so I don’t feel I can speak about it definitively. Especially around queerness and gender politics it might be something today and then we learn something and it changes tomorrow.