Drag, performance artists join forces 

click to enlarge Not a normal theater outing: “Work MORE! #5” is a wild showcase of four performance installations by drag artists, solo artists, dancers and more. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Not a normal theater outing: “Work MORE! #5” is a wild showcase of four performance installations by drag artists, solo artists, dancers and more.

When Mica Sigourney gave birth to his drag alter ego VivvyAnne ForeverMORE! four years ago, few would have guessed that the self-described creative “cyclone” and “bottomless, unkempt mother of a dysfunctional gang of drag babes” would take performing — and performance art — to such unconventional heights.

The performer’s latest romp, “Work MORE! #5,” ought to be quite intriguing as it unfolds in a three-night run at CounterPulse beginning Friday.

“The new show is not mediated as a normal theater experience where you just sit down in your seat,” Sigourney teases. “I haven’t seen a performance-event structure like this yet in San Francisco. It’s completely new.”

Here, five drag queens unite with other solo performance artists, fine artists, dancers, a filmmaker and lighting designers to spawn four simultaneous bold-yet-intimate performance art installations.

Theatergoers will be divided into four groups and move from one performance experience to another every 15 minutes. Ushers will be on hand to guide attendees into a new “quadrant” within CounterPulse.

Some of the performers will encourage audience participation, and at the end of the outing — full run time is about 90 minutes — the entire audience will experience a grand finale together.

“What I hope stands out the most is the enthusiasm of the performers because they are creating experiences and performances every 15 minutes,” Sigourney says. “These are performers that would normally be doing five-minute sets. And then there’s also the idea of having that new experience of traveling as an audience, as opposed to just having it be the other way around.”

The idea for “Work MORE!” started about three years ago as a curated drag show-placement theater. Sigourney had a craving to have various genres cross over. Since then it has morphed into annual and semiannual events that unite other drag queens and solo performers.

But it also boasts a primary social thesis: “With artists’ collaborations we form stronger communities,” Sigourney says.

“There was the idea of pairing drag queens with other creative families or artists that they would not necessarily know,” Sigourney adds. “That way, there is more cross-pollination.”

And never a dull moment.

“Whether you are a clubgoer or theatergoer, or theater or drag fan, it’s going to be both different and over the top,” he says, hinting that the full outing smacks of “house party meets haunted house meets drag show.’”


Work MORE! #5

Where: CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.

When: 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday  

Tickets: $15 to $20

(415) 626-2060, www.micasigourney.com, www.counterpulse.org

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