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Session N°44 | Funeral Parade of Roses with Dusty Whistles

December 06, 2017 | 7 PM

SAVVY Contemporary | Plantagenstraße 31 | 13347 Berlin

Free entrance - donations welcome

For the 44th session of our series, Dusty Whistles brings us 'Funeral Parade of Roses,' a mash-up of documentary interviews, cinéma vérité sensibilities, avant garde embellishments, and a contemporary retelling of an ancient mythological tale, all set in the underground drag scene and counterculture of 1960's Tokyo.

Funeral Parade of Roses (Toshio Matsumoto, 1969). Japanese with English subtitles. 107 minutes.

A feverish collision of avant-garde aesthetics and grindhouse shocks, Funeral Parade of Roses takes us on an electrifying journey into the heart of late-’60s Tokyo counterculture. Toshio Matsumoto’s debut feature is a dizzying melange of visual flourishes straight from the worlds of contemporary graphic-design, painting, comic-books, and animation with unflinching depictions of bodies at play and in pleasure. The film weaves together scenes of timelessness and tragedy with those of immediate and euphoric belonging. But, above all, the film is groundbreaking for its unapologetic portrayal of Japanese queer culture.

Dusty explains her selection as follows:

I love how this film not only stands for a record of its own time, but with its interview footage of trans people in Tokyo during the late 60s, it is a record of the persistence of a multitude of trans expression. The drag performance in the film as well, shifting between traditional and contemporary expressions, speaks so much to my own practice as an artist.

Dusty Whistles is a post human drag performer and multidisciplinary artist coming from New York. Her drag persona is a living network of relation expressed through a point of multiple intersections of lifeforms and experiences. She has been a resident of Berlin for the last 11 years, participating in the cities political counter culture and artistic communities. She is the “mother”/founder of Faux Real, Berlin’s first and only drag performance night featuring exclusively the art of women and trans drag performers, and her work has been shown in various Drag Performance evenings in Berlin’s nightlife. She has also shown her work in Berlin’s artistic institutions, such as the nGbK, Schwules Museum, Gemäldegalerie, Volksbühne Roter Salon, Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, and the Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben.

We’d like to thank Rapid Eye Movies and Thorsten Peters, in particular, for their support of this screening.



N E X T SESSIONS

13 DECEMBER | Raphaël Grisey

10 JANUARY | Hito Steyerl & Misal Adnan Yildiz

18 JANUARY | Barbara Gronau & Maya Figge

24 JANUARY | Mahmoud Hassino

31 JANUARY | Maya Schweizer

14 FEBRUARY | Nina Wetzel

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