De Wereld van Witte de With: Wes en MAMA's Quartet of Queer Experiences
Friday September 9th 2011
Sunday September 11th 2011
Kromme Elleboog (Next to Showroom MAMA, Witte de Withstraat 29-31)
During Rotterdam's World of Witte de With international arts festival, 9-11 September, Showroom MAMA and local artist Wes Westenburger present Wes & MAMA's Quartet of Queer Experiences. A Circus full of strange experiences!
Take some Sheen-drug and sip some tiger blood in the Sheen lab. Revel in the cabinet of curiosities and its collection of eminent relics. The burlesque bearded lady Prinszessin Hans provides musical entertainment and strongman Duncan Allen makes bizarre record attempts in an effort to confirm his masculinity.

Wes & MAMA's Quartet of Queer Experiences
Wes & MAMA's Quartet of Queer Experiences is a collection of burlesque acts in a contemporary style, and touches on topics such as fame, celebrities and machismo. The circus seems to be an appropriate place to show the crazy world of the celebrity. It's a world of glamour and bravado, which is the freak show it appears to be. The ideal image of the adored celebrity is nothing more than a clown's act.

[b[Wes Westenburger[/b]
Wes Westenburger (1981) began his career performing with the FCKN BSTRDS and in amateur freak-shows at the legendary Galerie Slaphanger and the Hondenkoekjesfabriek. After talking his way into an apprenticeship with extreme circus performer John Kamikaze, Wes trained in Marseille and Vienna learning the tricks of the trade. At Rotterdam's Willem de Kooning Academy he immersed himself in drawing and graphics, but his focus soon returned to performance after an invitation to work with the Swiss/Liechtenstein artists collective Shop Liz, and subsequent jobs at Henk Schiffmachers's House of Wonders and Erwin Olaf's Fuque les Strand Balles. Shortly after graduating Wes broke his neck and ended up in a wheelchair. Consequently, he began collaborating with MAMA, especially as a curator.
Opening times: The Cabinet of Curiosities and the Sheen lab are open throughout the festival. Performances by Prinzessin Hans and Duncan Allen run alternately on every hour. Part of De Wereld van Witte de With.
On Saturday 10 September at 10:30 P.M. Prinzessin Hans will give a special performance for the passe partout members of 24 uur cultuur.

Wes & MAMA's Quartet of Queer Experiences is a part of You All Fell For My Act. Produced and curated by participants of the Rookies MA, MAMA's course for a new generation of art professionals.

EASTPAK HAPPY NEW YEAR - Rotterdam Presented by MAMA
During the festival De Wereld van Witte de With, MAMA and EASTPACK organize a Happy New Year party to start the new (cultural) year. The party will take place on 9 September at the Gay Palace, Rotterdam.
Thanks to: 
Duurt & Co. Tentverhuur and De Wereld van Witte de With