Participant Inc presents The Nightingale, a solo exhibition by visual and performing artist Taboo! (Stephen Tashjian), including patings and a new play, also starring Agosto Machado and Brandon Olson. Incorporating a myriad of influences derived from Hans Christian Anderson's The Nightingale (1844), Taboo! updates this iconic tale concerning artificiality and authenticity with signature drag queen flair, and transforms Participant Inc with a theatrical installation for the opening of Participant Inc's seventh season.
Taboo's installation includes a series of new paintings, in some cases doubling as research for props, costumes and characters studies for The Nightingale. The chinese character of death wears white. The Emperor's boundless garden, painted from Taboo!'s apartment, contains black eyed susans and cactus. A fascination with figurines and flowers, portraiture and puppets, defines Taboo's everday atmosphere. His encompassing, bittersweet worldview is transferred to a stage constructed and dressed for the exhibition, with performances occurring on opening night, and again on Sunday, Oct 12 2008.
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