As our lexicon grows so does our understanding of gender.
Terms like genderqueer, non-binary, bigender, agender, gender non-conforming, are used to describe a personal human experience. These terms are new to many in mainstream society and academia, but as our society continues to evolve the use of language becomes much more concise. This in return offers clearer information and insight into our personal preference and psyche.
Generally, when we think of the LGBT as a whole, we stop at the G. It is simpler for most to grasp and find understanding on the first two letters L(esbian) and G(ay) but there is a need to go beyond. For that reason, Savannah and Atlanta performers are bringing the production of “2020 Vision: A transgender and non-binary cabaret and burlesque show” to the Hostess City.
Do Savannah sat down with Raine Eliza who will serve as one of the master of ceremonies for the two-day extravaganza.
Do Savannah: Why is there a need for the 2020 Vision event and what is the goal?
Raine: Generally speaking, burlesque has been seen as a mostly dominated female art form. Locally there is nothing catering and or celebrating an already marginalized community. The opportunity of creating a show which transcends what society tells us about gender seemed like a great idea. Specially, when the production and cast is super excited to be on the bill. As host and MC, it is important to know and correctly introduce each performer. It is important that I clearly convey this message with the correct information in a narrative level.
Do Savannah: There are two locations and performances for the production. Could you explain us why the different venues?
Raine: It is quite simple we want to reach as many people as possible. The first show will be held at Club One on Jan. 9. The second night will be held at Civvies. The Civvies shows has a $10 suggested donation for admittance, but it is an all-ages show and for those that can’t afford an entry fee we are offering a sliding scale or suggested donation. We have planned it to assure participation of those that really wish to experience the show.
DoSavannah: All-ages burlesque?
Raine: Yes, you see, although burlesque has the aspect of strip, most of our performers are storytellers. One of our performers will be reading poetry, there is another that will be telling us a prom king story through performance, and of course, lots of music and dance. The element of the strip or the tease becomes secondary when you are doing a cabaret of this level. It becomes interpretive art, it becomes something much bigger and profound than any ole’ regular cabaret show. It could be considered a variety show which is representative of many personal outlooks and journeys.
DoSavannah: What would you like to be the audiences’ takeaway from this show?
Raine: My hope is that the audiences get it and will let themselves go and enjoy the show. My hope is that the show questions their reality and they allow themselves to be carried away by the talent and the visuals instead of policing their emotions. My hope is that they allow themselves to be.