What is a “radical permissionist?” Mae West, a queer, trans sex worker, wants you to be one.
In the lineage of Almanac’s ensemble-devised, autobiographical circus theatre pieces xoxo moongirl and The Edge, $7 Girl uses virtuosity, storytelling, aerial work, and expressive movement to bring audiences into social issues that are often underheard. This quirky and audacious piece explores sex in personal, political, and industrial contexts as Mae questions the possibility of a world in which their worth is no longer attached to dildos and dollar signs. $7 Girl is presented as a part of Cannonball Festival. For more information visit www.cannonballfestival.org/sevendollargirl.
Friday, Sep 24, 2021 – 9:30pm
Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 – 9:30pm
Thursday, Sep 23, 2021 – 9:30pm
Health and Safety
Proof of vaccination is required to attend this and all Cannonball Festival events. For the safety of audiences, artists, staff, and our greater community, you must be fully vaccinated to attend this event. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after your second dose. You will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering the venue. Accepted forms for proof of vaccination include: a physical vaccine card with your name on it or a digital photo of your vaccine card on a cell phone. Please plan accordingly.
Masks must also be worn for the duration of the performance.
Performer: Mae West, Musician & Sound Designer: Emma Luz, Director: Mia Donata Rocchio, Collaborator: Nathan Alford-Tate, Collaborator: Ben Grinberg
This show is presented as part of Cannonball Festival, an independent satellite festival produced by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre and the Maas Building featuring over 150 events including performances of 27 original shows, nightly cabarets, and more. Learn more at cannonballfestival.org.
Appropriate for Audiences 18+
Themes mentioned (not depicted) include abuse/assault, systems of oppression, criminalization, violence. Includes depiction of sexual situations.
About the Artists
Almanac Dance Circus Theatre
Almanac Dance Circus Theatre is an award-winning, Philadelphia-based company dedicated to creating original works of genre-defying art. Since its founding, Almanac has premiered 11 shows, touring nationally across eleven states and internationally in Mexico and Edinburgh. Through hybrid experimentation, deep narratives, and open environments of circus learning, Almanac gives audiences access to a little bit (or a lot of) everything so they can experience the vicarious thrill of performance without barriers. Learn more about Almanac at www.thealmanac.us.
Mae West is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and event producer based out of Philadelphia, PA. They are a company member of Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, with whom they are devising their current project, $7 Girl: an intimate piece of physical theatre, activism, and acrobatic storytelling based on their experiences working in the sex industry. Mae is also a director for Multicultural Arts & Entertainment Group where they produce programming focused on the intersections of pop culture, sex education, and variety entertainment. You can keep up with their work by following @maeartist_ on Instagram.