Fauxnique is the drag queen alter-ego of artist/choreographer/dancer Monique Jenkinson. Lauded for her ‘campy, intellectual juxtaposition of pop culture and high art’ Fauxnique plays with artifice and authenticity and lives to question essentialist assumptions about gender, art and culture. Informed both by Jenkinson’s classical ballet training and a tradition of radical queer performance and theory, Fauxnique sees the performance of femininity as a forceful, vulnerable and subversive act.
Fauxnique made herstory as the first cis-woman to win a major drag pageant and has performed in a variety of venues and contexts nationally and internationally, including Joe’s Pub, New Museum, Judson Church and the Stonewall in New York; Afterglow Festival in Provincetown; Stud Bar, City Hall, and de Young Museum in San Francisco; and in New Orleans, Seattle, London, Reykjavik, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Rome, Catania and Zürich. She created space for kids to dress drag queens at a major museum, performed vocals and starred in the beloved video for the dance track ‘Lipstique’ by Silencefiction, played the DIRT (originated by Justin Vivian Bond) in Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge. She will be in conversation with renowned theorist Judith Butler in San Francisco in late Fall 2017 and is working on a book about her relationship to drag for Amethyst Editions/Feminist Press.
Glowberon at Oberon
Thursday, May 17, 2018 8:00pm
The F Word is FEMINISM! Let’s hear it from the painted mouth of Fauxnique, the lady drag queen and dancing, singing raconteuse. A frank fabulist whose Fosse-lized focus and forceful frame forge fanciful factual fictions, Fauxnique’s fashionably fierce form of feminism is filled with f***ing fantastic feats of hi-femme frippery. See why she broke through the glass ceiling of the male-dominated world of drag to become a queen among queens. A look at Feminism through the lens of Drag Cabaret and vice/versa.