Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity

F to eMbody performance at Bates College

Event Date and Time: 
Monday, October 29, 2012, 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Bates College, Schaeffer Theatre, Lewiston, Maine
Contact Name: 
Megan Taft at the Bates College Office of Intercultural Education
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Monday, October 29, 2012 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Schaeffer Theatre
305 College Street
Lewiston, ME 04240

A Reconstruction of Gender

F to eMbody, a gender deviant, multimedia, spoken-word, homo-hop extravaganza, features two of  the most well-recognized trans-masculine performers around: Rocco Kayiatos and Harvey Katz.

Hip hop artist Rocco "Katastrophe" Kayiatos and spoken word poet Harvey Katz, a.k.a. Athens Boys Choir, present performances that aim to both entertain and offer insights into the transgender experience.

Yale Daily News reporter Yvette Borja wrote that "Katz's art is unabashedly personal, subversive without being caustic." He uses video and pop culture spoofs to shed light on his own experiences.

"Kayiatos rapped about his difficulty fitting in during high school and the bouts of depression that he experienced periodically throughout his life," Borja wrote. "Nonetheless, he kept it light by introducing his songs with the anecdotes that often served as the inspiration behind his work.

"Like Katz, his presentation was a balancing act: art that makes us laugh while simultaneously showing the darkness underneath."

Co-sponsoring their performance are the women and gender studies program, OUTfront, the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, the Bates Learning Commons, and the departments of arts and visual culture and of music.