GUERRILLA GIRLS ON TOUR
the herstory is REVEALED…
UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour
by Donna Kaz aka Aphra Behn
In the summer of 2017 Aphra Behn was interviewed on KOBRA TV, Sweden about how the Guerrilla Girls began to attack the theatre world in 1997 and why I unmasked.
WHO ARE GUERRILLA GIRLS ON TOUR!
Guerrilla Girls On Tour! is an internationally acclaimed touring, anonymous theatre troupe that creates performances that take a hilarious look at the current state of women in the arts and beyond. Each member of Guerrilla Girls On Tour! performs using the name of a dead woman artist and wears a gorilla mask to conceal her true identity. No one knows who we really are. We have toured through 41 states and 17 countries with over 200 performances and workshops in theatres, classrooms, art galleries, community centers, cafes and the great outdoors. We have been featured in many festivals in the US, UK, Poland, Argentina, South Korea, Spain, Slovenia, Greece, Canada, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, China and France.
In 1985, a bunch of female artists, incensed by an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art that included 165 artists but only 17 women, founded the Guerrilla Girls. At the turn of the millennium, three separate and independent, incorporated groups formed to bring fake fur and feminism to new frontiers. Guerrilla Girls On Tour! is one of those groups. For more about the split of the Guerrilla Girls check out the Art Journal article Guerrilla Girls and Guerrilla Girls Broadband: Inside Story (PDF).
THE THEATRE, ART, and PERFORMANCE OF GUERRILLA GIRLS ON TOUR!
Guerrilla Girls On Tour! is a collective group of women artists creating plays and performances that mix a variety of comedic techniques such as parody, sketch, improv, slapstick and song-and-dance into a distinct feminist theatre style. We make theatre that is interactive, involving our audiences in writing assignments, sing-a-longsand audience participation, which allows us to theatrically address a number of varied issues and engage the audience at the same time. Guerrilla Girls On Tour! aims to educate, entertain and ultimately transform our audiences into identifying as activist/artists. In addition to creating new plays and performances we focus on leading workshops and master classes in using the art of theatre to address local concerns.
We begin developing all of our theatre pieces by collaborating on a visual work. This work is ultimately incorporated into each play’s design via projections. These visuals act as an extra character in each performance – taking on a factual, questioning and, most of the time, satirical voice. Every town we perform in is researched for local statistics and facts about the current state of women and this is incorporated into the script making each performance unique and site-specific.
CURRENT TOUR – Guerrilla Girls On Tour
Act Like a Feminist Artist – Reading/Book Signing and Lecture. Ever wonder what it’s like to be a feminist masked avenger? Aphra Behn is hitting the road in the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017 with her interactive talk – sharing her experiences as a feminist activist for gender parity in the performing art world for almost 20 years as a member of Guerrilla Girls (1997-2001) and Guerrilla Girl On Tour (2001 – present). She reads from UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour, (November 2016).
NEW! PUSH/PUSHBACK – 9 Steps to make a difference with art and activism – Reading/Book Signing and Lecture. In 1997 Aphra Behn became a member of the Guerrilla Girls; activist/feminists whose mission was to shed light on discrimination in the arts. As a theatre artist she spearheaded the Guerrilla Girl campaign to address sexism in the theatre world and in 2001 formed Guerrilla Girls On Tour, a touring theatre company which created visual works, performances and street theatre actions that focused on promoting gender parity in the arts and other issues effecting women and artists of color. On November 1, 2016, she published a memoir about her life entitled, UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour. As she toured the country reading from the book someone always asked her this: What can I do? How can I effect change? Even though she had shared some of the tactics of the Guerrilla Girls in my memoir she quickly came to the conclusion that another, more detailed guide, was needed to help people deal with the craziness of the twenty-first century. People are angry, scared, sad and feel helpless. The problems of the world appear to be untenable. There is so much that needs changing, how can one person tackle it all? Push/Pushback is a humorous and enlightening interactive lecture detailing how one person can push against the status quo.
NEW! Survivors Stories in the #MeToo World – How to Harnass the Power of Truth. Reading/Book Signing and Lecture. Survivors of violence, whose stories had been met with everything from hushed skepticism to bald-faced doubt just a short time ago, are now being listened to and believed. How can the power of these voices rising be captured to raise awareness and find solutions to eliminating violence in our world? This interactive lecuture focusus on the use of writing, drawing, theatre and storytelling to thread survivors stories into the fabric of the movement to end violence against women. Survivor turned activist, Aphra Behn aka Donna Kaz, discusses in detail how to support survivors who are ready to speak power to their personal truth via memoir, visual work, public speaking and community collaborations with local art organizations.
February 4 – If You Can Stand the Heat, The History of Women and Food – Monmouth University, NJ 4:30PM
February 21 – ACT LIKE A FEMINIST ARTIST – SUNY Brockport, NY
March 1 PUSH/PUSHBACK, 9 Steps to make a difference with art and activism. University of Scranton, PA Hope Horn Gallery 5:30PM
March 5, 6 – ACT LIKE A FEMINIST ARTIST – Florida
March 22 ACT LIKE A FEMINIST ARTIST, Glen Cove Library, Glen Cove, NY at 7PM
April 9 PUSH/PUSHBACK, 9 Steps to make a difference with art and activism, 2018 Women’s and Gender Studies Confernce: The Art of Activism, Wilkes University, PA
ALSO ON TOUR:
Feminists Are Funny – Our signature in-your-face performance that is reworked each season to include up-to-the-minute commentary on hot political topics, breaking news in women’s issues and bunches of bananas in a frivolous 70 minute romp.
If You Can Stand the Heat: The History of Women and Food – Performance. A hilarious, flour-dusted, theatrically surprising stage conversation meant to dissolve fears of food and encourage freedom of the fork. Spoiler alert: We wouldn’t be surprised if somebody got a pie in the face.
Silence is Violence – Performance Statistics and strategies for combating violence against women are combined with an up-to-the-minute commentary on hot political topics and an overview of our most famous posters, performance art and protests.