Cherdonna Shinatra’s Clock that Mug or Dusted, June 2-5 & 10-12

Posted on May 24, 2016, 8:30 am
2 mins

The latest in Velocity Dance Center‘s Made in Seattle performance series makes its world premiere this June. Multi-disciplinary artist Jody Kuehner brings her beloved character Cherdonna Shinatra to life on stage again for Clock That Mug or Dusted, a night of dance, drama and comedy combining “vintage feminist ideals with present day queer drag vision.”

I got a little taste of the shenanigans to come at an open rehearsal last week, and I am pleased to say that Clock That Mug is every bit as eccentric and heartfelt as fans of Cherdonna have come to expect. Those who attended her improvisational performance at The Frye Art Museum during the Genius / 21 Century / Seattle exhibition will see certain elements of it reappear in a more fleshed-out form (including audience participation), along with monologues and action painting. Regarding that last part, Velocity explains: “A visual art piece will be constructed using cake on canvas, the body as the brush or tool, and movement as the technique producing a take-home work of art each night.”

Outside of the performance, Kuehner is creating a social media campaign through Cherdonna addressing gender fluidity, #CherdonnaSaysYouBeYou. It seems especially timely during the nasty uproar around transphobic Bathroom Bills nationwide. If you want to participate, stop by Velocity or Velocity: V2, proclaim your pronoun (e.g. he, she, xe, be, boo, etc) on a card, and share it on social media with the hashtag, #CherdonnaSaysYouBeYou. There’s a Facebook group if you care to join. Instructional video below:


Cherdonna Shinatra: Clock That Mug or Dusted

Where: Velocity Dance Center, Founders Theater (1621 12th Ave)

When: June 2-5 and 10-12, 7:30pm

$20 adcanced, $25 at the door. $18 for guests under 25 (with ID). Discounted $17 available for MVP members. $50 Patron tickets also available. Reserve tickets online.

T.s. Flock is a writer and arts critic based in Seattle and co-founder of Vanguard Seattle.