Monique Jenkinson (aka Fauxnique)
Monique Jenkinson is a multifaceted artist whose work places itself in the gaps between dance, theater, drag and performance art. She has created and performed both internationally and locally, and her drag queen alter ego, Fauxnique, is a prolific fixture on the experimental performance scene. As Fauxnique, Jenkinson made history as the first woman to win San Francisco’s infamous Miss Trannyshack Pageant and was named Best Drag Act of 2009 in the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay Readers’ Poll.
Notable projects and accolades include two solo shows, Faux Real, which played in New York and London after a sold-out San Francisco run, and Luxury Items, which culminated to acclaim at CounterPULSE after a sold out premiere at ODC Theater; playing the DIRT (a role originated by Justin Bond) in Taylor Mac’s Lily’s Revenge at the Magic Theater; and originating the eponymous role in Silver for Gold: the Odyssey of Edie Sedgwick by David J. (of Bauhaus and Love & Rockets fame); the visual art exhibitions Scores (Lawrimore Project, Seattle) and Presence (Torrance Art Museum); Truly Madly Deeply at the Movement Research Festival in New York; vocals and video for the club dance track Lipstique; a Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery (GOLDIE) Award for Performance; SF Weekly’s Best Performance Artist of 2010; and 7X7 Magazine’s Hot 20 Under 40.
Instrument, the new solo by Monique Jenkinson exploits the vibrancy of the body in the ever-dying moment of live performance. Created in an experimental collaboration with three choreographers – Miguel Gutierrez, Chris Black, and Amy Seiwert – Instrument enacts, exposes and undermines the roles of dancer as workhorse and choreographer as auteur. The artist’s slippery relationship to authority and authorship is a major theme, as is the dancing body as translator, container of knowledge and preserver of culture.
In her unique voice, dancer/performance artist Jenkinson (aka Fauxnique), calls upon ballet hero Rudolph Nureyev, performance art heroes of the 60s and 70s, and current discussions about "the body as archive" to create a collage of iconic movement, historical anecdote, and personal narrative. Instrument highlights the intersections of classical ballet and post-modern endurance performance - especially with regard to pushing the body to, through, and from exhaustion to create art.
Instrument is presented in conjunction with Rudolph Nureyev: A Life in Dance at the de Young Museum, and supported by the de Young Museum’s Artist Fellows Program and partner organizations CounterPULSE and Dancers’ Group, Instrument premieres at CounterPULSE November 29 – December 9 (Thu – Sun 8PM). Instrument is made possible in part by the generosity of The James Irvine Foundation Innovation Fund, the Institute of Museum and Library Services/Museums for America, and the San Francisco Arts Commission.
The Collaborating Partners
CounterPULSE is a theater, performance space, community center, and gallery that serves as an incubator for the creation of socially relevant, community-based art and culture. In pursuit of greater breadth and depth in public discourse, we commission and present new work, host weekly discussions and performance salons, and fiscally sponsor more than 30 arts, media and cultural projects. CounterPULSE acts as a catalyst for art and action; creating a forum for the open exchange of art and ideas, sparking transformation in our communities and our society. We work towards a world that celebrates diversity of race, class, cultural heritage, artistic expression, ability, gender identity & sexual orientation. We bring people together in an environment that is physically and economically accessible to everyone.
Dancers’ Group promotes the visibility and viability of dance. We serve San Francisco Bay Area artists, the dance community and audiences through programs and services that are as collaborative and innovative as the creative process. As the primary dance service organization in the Bay Area, we help artists produce work, build audiences, and connect with their community through artist-focused programs and services including presenting opportunities, funding resources, fiscal sponsorship and In Dance publication.
Photos of the artist on Flickr