La Chapelle presents interdisciplinary piece on white privilege “OUFF” May 6-10

Alexis O'Hara presents first full-length solo scripted performance

Image courtesy of the artist

White privilege, late-capitalism, perimenopause, oh my! OUFF

OUFF is the heaviest of sighs, an overwhelmed expiration, an audible and forced eviction of obsolete molecules: an interdisciplinary work of words and sounds, including strange body shapes and a set that upstages the diva. OUFF is a confrontational show by a solitary but fragmented woman negotiating her own role, as victim and winner, pawn and princess, in a commodity-crazed-brink-of-collapse world propped up by the violent dominance of whiteness.

This is the first scripted solo performance by interdisciplinary sound and cabaret artist Alexis O’Hara, working in close collaboration with Atom Cianfarani, artist and designer, whose sets and costumes belie the false equivalency of what is named white: a mish-mash of entitled blonde, dirty bandage beige, bloated blue-white, saggy fake-tan or tipsy old rosé. The project embraces the awkward trappings of wokeness, the urgency to adapt and evolve and a self-aware clumsiness that still yearns for grace.

The work of Alexis O’Hara embraces the transcendent potential of the accidental, the universal magic of humour and the opportunity trapped in the stuff that people throw away. She has toured internationally with her spoken-noise performances and a popular sound installation that proposed spontaneous musical collaboration between strangers. She has released four albums, a book of poetry and enough helium-filled balloons to get her dress caught up in a chandelier. Her work has been presented in diverse contexts across the Americas and Europe. In 2016, she was awarded the Powerhouse Prize. Alexis and her alter ego, Guizo La Nuit are mainstays of the Montréal cabaret scene. OUFF is her first full-length solo performance piece.

“It is not easy to categorize O’Hara’s work from a conventional point of view. Is she a cabaret torch singer, experimental musician, comedian, or installation artist? Is she a performance artist or sound artist? Of course, it is precisely this element that makes O’Hara’s work appealing—plus, she’s incredibly hilarious.” – by Deanna Radford, HERIZONS

Writer, director, sound design, performer: Alexis O’Hara | Production Design: Atom Cianfarani | Video: Aaron Pollard | Sound: Anne-Françoise Jacques | Light Design: Laura-Rose Grenier | Outside Eye: Dana Michel | Distributed by La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines.


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