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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Performance Explores Transgender Identity

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Trans Form
  • Trans Form

A year ago, I wrote about transgender performance artist Rebecca Kling when she appeared in Charged Bodies, an evening of solo works at Links Hall. Kling presented an excerpt from Trans Form, then a work-in-progress. "I got involved with this project because I'd been looking for a way to access queer identity," she said. "Transitioning [from male to female] is a very gradual process, [and] trying to process the gender transition through solo performance made a lot of sense to me."

Kling will unveil the completed Trans Form December 11-13 at Links Hall. Meanwhile, she's presenting a segment from the piece Saturday November 21, as part of Night of Fallen Stars—a program of music, dance, comedy, and poetry honoring Transgender Awareness Month. Presented at the Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted) in conjunction with Howard Brown Health Center and the Broadway Youth Center, the event "celebrates and unites Chicago’s transgender community while remembering the lives lost in gender-focused hate crimes." There's a reception at 5:30 PM. The show follows at 7 PM. $5 suggested donation at the door. Call 773-472-6469, ext. 495, or e-mail

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