DEAD LADIES SHOW: JOSEPHINE BAKER // HYPATIA OF ALEXANDRIA // HARPER LEE

Tue 28.03 - 19:30 // PERFORMANCE, LECTURE // STUDIO
DEAD LADIES SHOW: JOSEPHINE BAKER // HYPATIA OF ALEXANDRIA // HARPER LEE

Our 11th Dead Ladies Show brings you a congenial constellation of shining female stars from the past millennium and a half. Revisiting the fascinating lives of a mathematical genius, a literary legend, and a star of stage, screen, and espionage will be writer and translator KAREN MARGOLIS, thespian GABI HIFT, and DLS-regular FLORIAN DUIJSENS, all held together by co-host KATY DERBYSHIRE. Back at our beloved ACUD STUDIO on 28 March, we’ll be imbibing a special drink or two and generally enjoying ourselves – so whether you favour a toga, a pantsuit, or a slightly fruitier outfit, come along and join the feminist fun.
 
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In 1927, US-born activist, singer, and spy JOSEPHINE BAKER was the first black person anywhere to star in a major motion picture – that same year she was Europe’s highest-earning entertainer. During WWII she used her fame to gather intelligence and her sheet music to transport secret messages for the Resistance. In France, she lived in a chateau with her 11 adopted children, while in the States she was banned by the FBI right after being named the NAACP’s “Woman of the Year” for her anti-segregation articles and campaigns. All, of course, after having brought jazz and banana-garnished dancing to Europe.
 
Our oldest dead lady yet, HYPATIA OF ALEXANDRIA was a Greek mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher in Byzantine Egypt. Widely admired for her self-possession, she is considered a universal genius and headed a school of philosophy, teaching Platonist ideas to pagans, Christians, and foreigners. This being around the year 400, no one knows exactly what she wrote, but it was probably her astronomical research on the vernal equinox that got her brutally murdered in the end. A lady who lived and died for science.
 
Writer HARPER LEE is famous the world over for To Kill A Mockingbird. After publication in 1960, she decided “it’s better to be silent than to be a fool” and withdrew from public life. Having started writing as a child on a typewriter shared with her neighbour Truman Capote, they went on to work together on his In Cold Blood and later had his-n-hers alcohol problems. Despite allowing her novel Go Set A Watchman to be published seven months before her death last year, Harper Lee maintained a strictly protected private life almost unimaginable for writers today.
 
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DI 28.3 // 19H30 // 3-5€
ACUD STUDIO // LECTURE PERFORMANCE
DEAD LADIES SHOW:
JOSEPHINE BAKER // HYPATIA OF ALEXANDRIA // HARPER LEE
celebrating three fabulous dead women
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