Dancing Boobies Trilogy: Lecture and Reenactments

Led by the egotistical artistic director Ekoorb Lleb, the struggling non-profit organization Women Who Tried To Change Our Lives (WWTCOL) is giving a lecture on Brooke Bell, an obscure performance/film artist active in the 1950's.
July 8,10,15 & 17 at 8pm
CPR
361 Manhattan Ave.

Tickets are FREE (first come, first served). When you donate $25 or more, you can reserve your seat now!

Produced By: Virago Stage and Screen

Featuring: Penny Folger, Natalie Hegg*, Timothy French, Aaron Shattuck, David Skeist*, Jon Froelich*, Quin Kennedy, Seth Powers*, Tiff Roma, Little Lulu Kitty, Onix Kitty and Brooke Bell*

Directed and Written By: Brooke Bell
Camera Work By: Laura Trager, Kira Davies and Brooke Bell

Art By: Aaron Shattuck, Jesse Simko and Brooke Bell

Artistic Assistance Provided By: Jess Nguyen

Special Thanks To: Mikey Barringer, Doron Bloomfield, Melissa Hudson, Javier Gonzalez, Marc Toledo, Caborca’s Writers Group, The Brooklyn Museum, The IPA, Mono No Aware and
The Center For Performance Research

* Appear Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Led by the egotistical artistic director Ekoorb Lleb, the struggling non-profit organization Women Who Tried To Change Our Lives (WWTCOL) is giving a lecture on Brooke Bell, an obscure performance/film artist active in the 1950’s. Bell would disguise herself in drag and pose as a seller of stag films: then illegal pornographic shorts, primarily shot on 16mm film, that were made to be screened at so-called stag parties, where white, heterosexual men would gather to drink and smoke in excess without the presence of women. But the films that Bell would present to Ivy League fraternities and secret societies were a booby trap: Scenarios that seemed to begin with erotic promise would turn to an assault on the privilege these men held dear, accompanied with confrontational performances by Bell herself and followed by her quick exit, often effected while she was being pursued by a large group of angry and intoxicated men.

WWTCOL has unearthed the artist’s rare 16mm film Dancing Boobies and has remade her two lost films Shaved Pussy (presumed destroyed after its screening at Yale University’s Skull and Bones) and Penis Party (rumored to have been interred with Howard Hughs at Glenwood Cemetery), using today’s digital technology. In addition to educating attendees on the political and aesthetic importance of these three works, WWTCOL curator/artistic director Lleb, art historian Melvin Master and film expert Paul Perv (all portrayed by women) will present them with live foley effects and performances Bell’s notes had meticulously described. Interns Alice Askingforit, Betty Buns and Carla Cocktease (all portrayed by men wearing dresses over their street clothing) will be on hand to aid in these efforts and to document the audience’s experience on a videotape that will be destroyed at the conclusion of the lecture and reenactments. Additionally, in order to create the full stag party context for which Bell’s films were made, (empty) bottles of champagne and the finest (nonfunctional) cigars will be provided. Come and experience what those brothers of power, prestige, and privilege would have in the 1950’s.