Rituals of Transformation’ is a two-part event focused on how artists, activists, and healers transform experiences of oppression and marginalization in their work. This event will center performances by performance artist Mavi Veloso and comedian Lux Venerea.
DJ Gay-Lo will be playing tunes throughout the night. (https://bit.ly/2XVxhjd)
A special thanks to NeverLand Cinema for hosting us in the space!
Check out part II here: Rituals of Transformation II: Holy Trinity
About the artists:
Lux Venérea (Pollux Frei), cangaceira transplanted from Sertão of Brazil to Berlin. Apocalypse avantgardist. Tragic comedian. Underdeveloped activist. Fashion terrorist.
Performance artist by the mere desire of re-experiencing the body. Comedian by the mere desire of shifting traumas of being laughed at.
Aims for destruction in her creations.
Also believes that “Alligators that fall asleep become purses.”
Mavi Veloso (Pacaembu, São Paulo, 1985) is a Brazilian transdisciplinary, visual and performance artist, dancer, actress, singer and songwriter, graphic and web designer currently based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. As transgender and migrant from South America to Europe, in her productions, Mavi embodies and appropriates transformation process, conflicts and cultural adaptation procedures, as well as fashion, queer, trans and drag queen elements to discusses gender, identity, sexuality, placement and displacement.
DJ Gay-Lo (NL) is a queer poc musician and performer based in Amsterdam. In her DJ sets she shares the hottest music she can think of to make you wanna dance, sweat and feel sexy. Mixing old and new school reggaeton with sinister hip hop inspired beats, ese neo perreo, caribbean house sounds and sweet timeless dancehall tunes.
NeverLand Cinema “squats” every Monday an empty ground floor into a film house. The ambition is in celebrating cinema as a social ritual where the movie becomes the tool around which layers of socio political unfold,
The project puts forward the notion of cinema as an improvised, open and flexible space of possibilities in the city with a clear sociopolitical function. On the one hand, it addresses cinema as a social space which can play an important role in shaping communities, especially when independently and locally organized. On the other hand, tries to shed light on the medium of film as a political tool, through which many marginalized issues, such as queer identities, oppression and representation could be discussed. We try to experiment with cinema as an open collective space that influences the building up of communities, where individual interest comes together with collective social rituals and relations.