In celebration of RMCAD’s Welcome Week and the launch of the VASD Program’s lecture series, Identity, RMCAD will be hosting a screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Wednesday, September 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Mary Harris Auditorium. This screening is presented in collaboration with Student Life, the VASD Program, and the RMCAD Foundations Department.
Enveloping topics of gender and sexuality, artistic and political freedom, and the human search for loving partnership, Hedwig and the Angry Inch presents a cinematic vision of identity through animation, music, and costume.
Hedwig is born a boy in East Berlin with dreams of becoming a glam rock star and escaping to the West. He falls in love with an American G.I. and agrees to a sex-change operation in the hopes it will lead to the fulfillment of his envisioned stardom. The operation is botched and so is the relationship. Hedwig finds (now) herself searching for her true other half, creative freedom, and artistic validation while on her U.S. tour in the not-so-glamorous venues of seafood restaurants. Her struggling tour follows the big time, arena-rock star Tommy Gnosis—a young boy who had once loved and sought mentorship from Hedwig, only to steal her songs, her heart, and her spotlight*. Hedwig belts out her tumultuous life story with humor and high-energy punk and rock inspired ballads in the tradition of David Bowie and à la Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Seating is limited; please RSVP to this event here.
Over the course of the Fall 2014/Spring 2015 semesters, the VASD Program will explore topics of identity. This lecture series investigates the ways creative thinkers are presenting, challenging, and manipulating the subject of identity in art, design, and culture. Examining identity is pertinent to many facets of contemporary life including the incessant development and intimate integration of technology into daily life, the ease of travel and relocation, the changing recognition and validation of nontraditional gender roles and sexuality, the shifting perceptions of race, ethnicity, and immigration, and the increasingly normative occurrence of holding several different careers in a lifetime. By surveying a section of creative viewpoints on this subject, this VASD lecture series explores various manifestations of today’s protean self.
*Anonymous, storyline of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Killer Films/New Line Cinema, IMDb, accessed August 4, 2014, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0248845/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Image: New Line Cinema