NOTE: This event will take place at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) - Music Hall | Baroque music meets vogue ballroom culture.
Frédéric Nauczyciel is a French artist who works between Paris and the United States. Nauczyciel uses photography, video and performance while drawing inspiration from dance, cinema and American photography. In collaboration with the CAC and the CSO, Nauczyciel expands on his film-performance series House of HMU to devise an immersive experience that invites the audience into vogue ballroom culture.
With roots dating back to the Harlem Renaissance, voguing culture is defined by its celebration of femininity in the African American transgender community. Sharing certain artistic structures with the Baroque period, the House of HMU performance creates a path to explore juxtapositions between Baroque music, ballroom culture and the street culture of contemporary marching bands. Artists from Paris, Baltimore and Cincinnati perform alongside symphony musicians to transform the concert form and the stage into an area of accidental proximity.
Conductor: Keitaro Harada
Choreographers & performers [Studio House of HMU]: Diva Ivy Balenciaga, Dale Blackheart, Blaise Cardon Mienville, Frédéric Nauczyciel, Kory Blacksjuan Revlon, Marquis Revlon, Vinii Revlon, Riya West
Singer: Abdu Ali
With the special appearance of the Invincible Marching Marauders - Central State University - Conductors Ramon Key and Antoneo Davis
Costumes: Kinera Revlon with Lisa Revlon
Music Advisor: Sylvain Cartigny
Baroque Teacher: Rapahël Rodriguez
Choreography Adviser: Thierry Thieu Niang
Assistant: Alexandra Praud
Written by: Frédéric Nauczyciel
Directed by: Frédéric Nauczyciel
Production: JP Leong
Sound Mixing: Jan Vysocky
Color griding: Yannig Willmann
Actor: Ian Timothy Forsgren
Voice: Lisa Revlon
With the support of Tim'm T. West
Studio House of HMU is supported by Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris Production in Europe Le Grand Gardon Blanc / Paris (France)
Additional Support provided by:
Morse & Betty Johnson Family Foundation