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Rose: You Are Who You Eat, a work in progress installation of films

May 13, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

John Jarboe (she/her) standing in front of a wooded, green scene holding red roses and a red covering over her hair.


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Installation showing & post chat open to the public, May 13, 2023 7-9pm. Registration Encouraged.
Attendees must arrive by 7pm. Installation showing will begin at 7pm and will be followed by post-chat with John Jarboe.

Rose: You Are Who You Eat is a work in progress installation of films made at Bethany Arts Community following the gender journey of artist John Jarboe.  

Viewers will walk through the domestic spaces of Bethany Arts Community discovering various digital tellings of the myth of John and Rose. Over ten films found in refrigerators, underbeds, and on ceilings, viewers will explore the inner workings of a “gender cannibal” and be asked to reflect on their own journey with gender.  

After the showing Jarboe will sit with viewers, share a hot chocolate, and discuss what the piece provoked. Often with Rose this involves hearing stories, fielding questions about process and content, and making a space especially for gender expansive folx to find some shared space. Some of the questions Jarboe will be asking the viewers is: Could you follow the stories?  Did you want to stay and watch all the films? How did this space make you think about your own origin story and relationship to gender? 

Post-chat for ages 13 and up

Featured Image: Photographed by Christopher Ash
All films and photos were made with the support of Works and Process at The Guggenheim.

John Jarboe (she/her) is a director, singer, writer, producer and host serving you revolution, herstory, queer community making, and a whole lot of glitter. She is the founding Artistic Director of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, the largest queer performance organization in Philadelphia, known for hosting a 12 hour International Festival of Cabaret called FEAST as well as making a mobile stage out of a 15 foot box truck called The Beardmobile. She has directed and written original work performed at La Mama ETC, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Joe’s Pub, Opera Philadelphia, The Wilma Theater, Guggenheim’s Works & Process, and Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series. Jarboe has directed and helped create shows for Cookie Diorio, legendary Mezzo Stephanie Blythe, and for Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo. As a writer and performer Jarboe has toured to Paris, Poland, New Zealand, and most recently received commissions and two residencies from Works & Process at The Guggenheim.  

Instagram: @johnjarbeard / @beardedladiescabaret | Facebook: @johnjarbeard 


May 13, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Bethany Arts Community
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