Mar 12th 2017

La Extraodinaria Historia de Julia Pastrana Burlesque Show

@ Uptown Underground

4707 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

Opening Sunday, March 12th, from 7PM - 10PM

On view through Monday, April 24th

Mexican Indigenous mezzo soprano Julia Pastrana (b. 1834) was billed as ¨The Ugliest Woman in the World¨ by her manager-husband Theodore Lent. Lent exhibited Pastrana in traveling fairs in the United States and Europe, during her life and after her death with their infant son, both in an embalmed state.

This four-act performance blends story telling narrative, projected archive materials, critical humor, dance, music, and burlesque to introduce Julia and her story, and invites audiences to see that the systems of exploitation she suffered during her life and death, are still present today.

This performance is a program of the Revolution at Point Zero: Feminist Social Practice Exhibition curated by Neysa Page-Lieberman and Melissa Hilliard Potter taking place at Columbia College Chicago’s Glass Curtain Gallery located at 1104 S Wabash Ave. Revolution at Point Zero runs through April 24, 2017

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