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DawN Crandell’s performance, “Xenophobadelica,” blends poetry and burlesque, storytelling and movement to ask: “Not Black enough, Queer enough, sweet enough, sexy enough… all mixed up? What happens when you find hypocrisy in the heart of your community?”

Interdisciplinary performing artist DawN Crandell, who works at the intersection of burlesque, dance, theater and poetry is one of the visiting guest artists at Goddard’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts spring residency in Port Townsend, Wash.

She employs political savvy, humor, and pop culture reclamation to demonstrate how artists embody their values, literally putting her body into the craft and work of political protest and cultural resurgence.

A force in the neo-burlesque movement since 2007 when she co-founded Brown Girls Burlesque, DawN Crandell, aka Miss AuroraBoobRealis, celebrates black female sexuality as a political act, as a signifier of black female resistance to the marginalization of women.

Crandell holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College with a focus in performing arts, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College (2006) with a focus on 20th Century Black Radical Artists and the intersections of dance, poetry and theater.

“Xenophobadelica” is made possible by a partnership between the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program at Goddard College and The Madrona Mind Body Institute.

The performance begins at 7:30 pm on Saturday, March 19th, at Madrona Mind Body Institute located at 310 Fort Worden Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368. This is free and open to the public.

Following the one-hour performance, there will be a reception.

Find out more at Goddard College's Website