What feminine part of yourself did you have to destroy in order to survive in this world? At what point does femininity become synonymous with apology? Who hurt the people who hurt you? Alok is trying to figure it out.
Join them for an evening of poetry, stand-up comedy, drag, and more as they take their audience on an emotional roller coaster all the way from the personal to the political.
Alok will be performing at the invitation of Mama Cash, an international fund for feminist activism.
19:30 Doors open
20:30 House of Vineyard x Timeless Demonstration.
Mother Amber Vineyard and Naomie Pieter, what happens when two queer power women combine forces?!
22:45 Artist talk with Alok Vaid-Menon moderated by Aynouk Tan
ALOK is a gender non-conforming writer and performance artist from New York City. Their eclectic style and poetic challenge to the gender binary have been internationally renowned. Over the past decade they have presented their work at more than 400 universities, festivals, and venues in 40 countries. Alok was recently the youngest recipient of the prestigious Live Works Performance Act Award, granted to ten performance artists across the world. Their work has been featured by HBO, MTV, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, and more
House of Vineyard
The Pioneering House of Vineyard, founded by Mother Amber Vineyard, creates safe spaces and permission to shine for those who don’t fit into societies expectations of beauty, colour, age, ability, gender, and sexual expression. As of 2008, Mother Amber and Father Elly Vineyard have been planting seeds, paving ways by walking and organising balls while exploring boundaries across the board through entertainment and performance using aspects of realness, illusion, waacking, punking, voguing, and fluid sexual expressions. House of Vineyard uses its platforms not only to educate the public eye but to help inspire and support the ball house movement to what we now know as the Dutch Ballroom Scene today.
Naomie Pieter is a queer and anti-racist activist whose work centers on making space for the intersections of those communities. She is the co-founder of ‘Black Queer & Trans Resistance NL’, as well as the initiator of Pride of Color Amsterdam, the first committee within Amsterdam Pride that focuses on the inclusion and empowerment of bi-cultural LGBTI+. Pieter advocates for pleasure activism within the BIPoC LGBTQIAP+ community, through her queer dancehall party Pon Di Pride. She is currently setting up a Black Queer Archive to make visible stories that are missing in narratives of the history of the Netherlands. Through her artwork Pieter examines the black female body, afro-spirituality, activism, and modern emancipation. Pieter was recently installed as a board member at Coc Amsterdam.