Performance Primers at Periwinkle Palace

8pm Saturday March 11th, 2017

Special Thanks
Mark McBeth, Claire Rabkin, Kelly Ward


Virginia Broyles

Virginia Broyles, originally from Atlanta, is a transplant to the Bay Area.  She studied at American University, DC and University of Georgia, where she received her BFA and was a member of CORE Concert Dance Company directed by Bala Sarasvati.  In addition to her own dance and video work, Virginia has performed with Helen Pickett, Catellier Dance Projects,  Hallie Dalsimer, Alison Williams, ALTERNATIVA, Scott Wells & Dancers and is currently dancing with Bandaloop and  vîv dance company.


Through the medium of erasure poetry, I hope to question and explore the concept of "femininity". The source text (a sociology text from the 1980's co-authored by two women) provides a narrow framework for how cisgendered heterosexual women interact with members of their nuclear family and romantic partners. I aim to use a 21st century lens to examine the ways this text can be used to analyze prescribed gender roles, be used as a coping mechanism for trauma, and search for moments of agency and self discovery.

Tarin Griggs

Tarin Alexandria Griggs, a native of Richmond, California, is an arts administrator, freelance dancer, poet, editor, education consultant, and volunteer for San Francisco Bay Area dance companies, community arts organizations, dance studios and performance venues. She holds a M.Ed. in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. in English from Mills College with an emphasis in Creative Writing and a minor in Dance Choreography.

She Was Touched (excerpt)

She Was Touched is a queer book tour fusing drag, contemporary dance, and performance, promoting Brittany’s debut novel Oola, out 4/25. To see She Was Touched in full, come to the Stud on 4/26.

Silk Worm

Silk Worm is a drag performer, artist, and Sagittarius based in San Francisco. Her next full-length work, Bad Acting, will take place at the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts on May 18. This summer she will participate in the dance festival ImpulsTanz through a DanceWEB scholarship. She is known as a very good sport.

Brittany Newell

Brittany Newell (aka Britney Smearz) is a writer and drag performer whose debut novel Oola will be published by Henry Holt/Macmillan (US) and Borough Press/HarperCollins (UK) in April 2017. Together, they throw a monthly show called Hush-Hush at the Stud showcasing new experimental performance and music.