House of Larva was founded in 2014 at Beloit College, WI by drag ogress--Cicada L'Amour-- and her parasitic lover--Enfanga Sphynx. The Co-Operative grew to include numerous queer artists and provided platforms for drag, dance and performance art at Beloit college from 2014-16 through our cabarets, including Carnal Instinct: Dinner for One and Slut Shaman. L'Amour and Sphynx moonlight as dragademics whose research includes queer temporality, immigrant identities, transgenerational trauma, cosmic pessimism, and borders in/outside the body. This is House of Larva's Twin Cities Debut.
After a dozen years as a dance photographer (six as a dance writer), V. Paul presented his first dances publicly in 2013 at 9x22 Dance Lab with #picturedance ver 1 and then at Patrick's Cabaret with #picturedance ver 2. V. Paul creates multi-media dances using a visual score instead of music to give context to the movement. He asks audiences to make their own pictures of his dance and share them online, tagged with #picturedance, so we can all see people’s chosen moments.
Starri enjoys creating altars and performing genderqueer sex magick performance art with other earth worshipping weirdo super heroes. Starri is a founding mother of the Psycick Slutz (who first performed at Patrick's Cabaret in 1992), the Hard Times Cafe, and Gaia Democratic School. Starri can can also be found at the Altar to the Dead at Barebones Production's annual Halloween show and hanging out downtown with 5to10onHennepin and MadeHereMN.
Non Edwards is a dancer and choreographer whose personal practice includes yoga, somatic exercise, modern, improvisation, performance, video, vocalization and teaching "Bastard Dance." Recently, she has performed with such diverse artists as HIJACK, Mathew Janczewski, April Sellers, Deborah Jinza Thayer, and Morgan Thorson, while also serving as the living archive for Laurie Van Wieren's solo improvisation Temporary Action Theory. She was nominated for the 2016 Sage Award for Outstanding Performer.
Sol Moran is a local theater artist, originally from New York. She is an active member of the Centro Tyrone Guzman Theater Group as well as Teatro Del Pueblo's ensemble for the last four years. Percussionist enthusiast and songwriter. Her recent performances in the plays El orden del desorden, El retorno and Coco's Latinidad have been well received by the Latino community.
Bollywood Dance Scene is a volunteer-led non-profit that celebrates cultural diversity and social harmony through dance. They are the creators of the best-selling Fringe Festival shows of 2014, 2015, and 2016. Their 2015 dance drama, Spicy Masala Chai, broke records to become the highest selling show in the 22-year history of the MN Fringe Festival and the highest selling Fringe show in US!
Brother Amjed. Son, Brother, Husband, Father. Part-time mixed medium artist, full time Community Health Navigator also known locally as Amjet Kemet Via Open Mics circles and other artistic platforms. Native of Africa by way of Sudan and Somalia, raised in Washington DC. migrated to "Minnesota nice" Late 90s because all of my cousins were here. Co-founder of nomadic Expressions Open Mic.
Peuo Tuy is a Cambodian American spoken word poet, a fiction writer, and a poetry workshop leader. Her poetry book, Khmer Girl (2014), talks about a young Khmer girl/woman struggling to find self-love while challenging societal norms. Her poems has appeared in Art Papers Magazine (2016) and in video projects curated by 30ToLifeProductions and The New School called, “Futurographies.” She was part of Urbintel's Inc. “HerStory” spoken word tour (2005 - 2006). She recently completed the “Art of Healing” (2016) and “Khmer Girl East Coast Tour” book tours (2016).
Loc Tran was born in Vietnam and moved to Minnesota in 1993 when he was one-and-a-half years old. He's graduting with a Bachelor's of Music Performance from McNally Smith College of Music in May. He loves to play classical, jazz, blues music and compose classical and comedy music. He loves basketball, playing the Tetris II video game with his Mom, and Asian food.