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Pansy & P14: High Drag
Grüner Salon

Performance, Party

Drag has oft been considered a low brow art form. As a performance staple in queer culture it has been relegated to the glistening stages of underground nightclubs and back corners of seedy dive bars. High Drag will pull back the sequinned curtain to showcase the diversity of Berlin's drag performance in all it's entirety. Pansy has selected some of Berlin's most talented performers to take the Grüner Salon stage alongside brand new queens birthed in collaboration with the P14 youth theater program at Volksbühne on Saturday, April 20th. High Drag is an art form-- elevated. It's also 420. Come get high with us.

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Music by: MR. MANIC

PANSY is the stage and internet persona of Parker Tilghman, an artist living and working in Berlin. While he holds a degree from the California College of the Arts, she finds that her work functions better in financially accessible night clubs, festivals, public arts institutions, and open educational settings instead of commercial galleries. They view drag as a tool for social justice and focus on promoting the bodies and voices of other female, trans*, and non-binary identified artists. She mixes comedy and camp to discuss heavy topics like HIV, white supremacy, misogyny, mental health, and sexual violence. He believes creating joy is essential to survival in this world.

PANSY has performed all over Europe, Australia, America, Korea, and Japan. For the last five years, she has been the mother and host of the internationally-renowned House of Presents drag show every Tuesday night at Monster Ronson’s in Berlin. Additionally, he organizes talks on sexual health and responsible drug use in collaboration with Praxis Cordes and Berliner Aidshilfe in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. From 2015 to 2017 they were the founder and director of the YO! SISSY Music Festival, a two-day festival showcasing local and established queer artists in Berlin. He has held drag workshops and performances at the Ruhrtriennale in Bochum, Kampnagel in Hamburg, and the Volksbühne in Berlin. Her work has been written about in The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Berliner Morgenpost, Berliner Zeitung, SPEX Magazin, and more. PANSY believes collaboration is key to the future of a sustainable art practice. We must come up together...and throw a cute party while we’re at it.

Photo: Victor Hensel-Coe

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