A solo created and performed by Layla Marcelle Mrozowski
// Excerpts from a performance at Volksroom in Brussels, Belgium // 2012
Reading is a voguing term; it’s the verbal art of insulting someone through a descriptive, hyperbolic attack on a flaw in her appearance. This social and artistic one-upmanship is the same competitive force underlying much of rap and hip hop culture.
Reading Rainbows is a piece concerned with performative competition, cultural appropriation, and double entendres. At times strangely menacing and at others silly, Mrozowski inhabits the peculiar liminal space of sexy and awkward.