excerpt: GENDER TENDER in Go/Long
VIDEO: GENDER TENDER in Family/Portrait at ‘Mo-Wave: Seattle’s Queer Arts and Music Festival 2014
Thank you to our generous GT supporters:
Emily Batlan, Sara Ann Davidson, Maryam Steffen, Mark Krantz, Nora Sharp, Sayward Schoonmaker, Alicia Walker, Doug Mora, Lori Whitney, Anna Conner, Erin Hunter, Liz Panelo, Allie Hankins, Eric Gamoral, Callie Swedberg, EmpeROAR Fabulous!!!, Annie Terrell, Diana Prechter, Heather Stansbury, Lauren Brazell, Jessica Rawlings, Gena Barnabee, Nikolai Lesnikov, Ryan Johnson, Devi Bhaktananda, Anonymous, Patricia and Buster Reimers, Jenny Lowery, Spark Awesome, Steve Lundeen, Vanessa DeWolf
Special thanks to our presenters and partners:
Studio Current, Gay City Arts, Project: Space Available, Velocity Dance Center, On the Boards, Oh Snapz! Productions, Pidgeoncoop Productions, Queer Social Club, Lily Divine Productions
VIDEO: Gender Tender in Sync or Swim presented by Gay City Arts at Calamus auditorium, January 2014
ROOM/DRAG soloist: kt shores
Experimental Shifts at Seattle International Dance Festival / Rachel Gallaher
Sync or Swim Floats/ Ciara McCormack
The Pick List: The Week’s Recommended Events/ Sandra Kurtz
Blindfolds and Jockstraps at Next Fest NW/ Melody Datz
Touched at Velocity’s Next Fest/ Jeremy Buben
Next Fest NW 2013 All About the Audience/ Anna Waller
Sense and Nonsense at the Tulip Show/Kathryn Hightower
past and present GENDER TENDER performers, musical collaborators and artists include:
Ariskany Records, Christine Abdale, Vida Alapour, Mimi Allin, Eric Eugene Aguilar, Emily Batlan, Dahlia Blackthorn, Adam Boehmer (Tenderfoot), Lauren Brazell, Ava Cole (Golden Space), Will Courtney, Sara Ann Davidson, Alyza DelPan-Monley, Vanessa DeWolf, EmpeROAR Fabulous!!!, Steven Gomez, Alice Gosti, Kathryn Hightower, Rachel Houser, Paris Hurley, Kristi Krein, Ryan Law, Justine LaViolette, Joyce Liao, Mary Margaret Moore, Loren Othon (Golden Space), Lily Maureen, Juliana Meira do Valle, Olivia Ruggieri, Sayward Schoonmaker, Tikiri Shapiro, kt shores, ilvs strauss, Eli Steffen, Lydia Swartz, Annie Terrell, Jan Trumbauer, Hendri Walujo, Tyler P. Wardwell, Syniva Whitney, Belle Wolf, Meng Yu
Will Courtney and Syniva Whitney are the co-founders of GENDER TENDER, an interdisciplinary performance project rooted in dance + theater that began out of the desire to make work in a safe and rigorous environment for trans*, queer*, questioning and allied artists of all kinds. GT brings many different people together from the worlds of dance, acting, comedy, installation art, burlesque, writing, music and more. Will is the lead performer for the group and Syniva is responsible for concept + direction, choreography (set and scored) and is the writer and visual designer for the company as well. All cast members contribute their mojo, talent and unique improvisational skills.
Gender Tender has performed at Velocity Dance Center, Washington Hall, On the Boards, Mo’-Wave: Seattle’s Queer arts and Music Festival, Gender Odyssey, at the Satori Group’s Lab at Inscape in Neil Ferron’s event Hotel Party Vol 1 and Vol 2 as well as a part of Alice Gosti’s durational series «PLAY», Modern Dance Behind the Pink Door and the Yellow Fish: Epic Durational Performance Festival all in Seattle, WA. GT premiered their first evening length work HEELS and FLATS at the 2013 Seattle Fringe Festival and Will and Syn premiered the duet Go/Long at the 2013 Next Fest NW:TOUCH at Velocity Dance Center. The GT crew shared their latest evening length work Sync or Swim at Gay City Arts in 2014. GT most recently shared part of the new work PA/CK at the Seattle International Dance Festival in June 2014.
ABOUT YOUR CO-FOUNDERS:
Will Courtney + Syniva Whitney: Queer romantic relationships and family structures, shape shifting, Warhol worship, reality television, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, the day to day challenges of navigating hetero-normative culture as queer wizards…this is the stuff Willsyn is made of. Will is a trans* navigator and a cartoon grand piano. Syniva is an ever shifting gender fucked landscape and cartoon anvil. They have been “together together” for 16 years in a non-cartoon like way. They sometimes perform as the draglesque duo Leon and Neon Beige of the House of Beige.
Will is a healer, performance artist and actor. He was the muse and lead in Syniva’s short film SHOT DAY that screened at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and at Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival. He is also one of the co-founders of GENDER TENDER and often performs with Syniva in duet and ensemble mode. He was a performer and an unusual photographer (took pics in performance mode of the action onstage) for Vanessa Dewolf’s project “Score for an Unrehearsed Ensemble” at the 2012 Northwest New Works Festival. He has danced in works by Shannon Stewart and appeared with Syniva in Shelby Earl’s music video “Swift Arrows” directed by Neil Ferron.
Syniva is obsessed with the heart felt, slippery and dangerous subjects of identity, power, emotional and physical movements, high and low culture and trash and transformation. In addition to being the dad of GENDER TENDER (choreographer, writer, director, latex maker) Syniva has danced in works by Maureen Whiting, Paris Hurley, Vanessa DeWolf (as performer and visual designer), Shannon Stewart, kt shores, Alyza Delpan-Monley and Jan Trumbauer. Their artwork, installations and experimental videos have been exhibited across the country at places like Roxaboxen Exhibitions and Heaven Gallery in Chicago, Femina Potens and STUDIO gallery in San Francisco and more. They have performed at: Project: Space Available (Seattle), Siberia Bar (NYC), Performance Works Northwest (Portland), in the CALTRANS system (Bay Area) and Velocity Dance Center (Seattle). Syniva received their MFA in studio art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.