“Technoburlesque is a mute comedy of the body that mocks rigidity of social roles. It uncritically appropriates, copies and glues together femininity, masculinity, family relationships, machismo and other degenerated social roles that are unrighteous considered to be normative. When Image Snatchers totally expose themselves — and remove their social dresses layer by layer — they do not find the essence, but realize that the essence is nothingness, and the performed travesties opium that makes living bearable. This amusing play in cross-dressing and their behavior are a result of great sexual and bodily liberation from social bands. Satisfied in eclectic noise of media images they stretch popular snap-shots and bite them to their unheard-of forms that provoke burst of laughter or despair. Image Snatchers don’t seek for meaning but pleasure. As pleasure is the hedonistic polish with which they smeared everyday objects and made something exceptional out of them. Technoburlesque is an intersection of (program/cybernetic) code and subjectivity; a laying bare of the physical and emotional body indivisibly bound up with the information matrix of contemporaneity.” — Frau Straptz

“I am riddled with ambivalence. I am both the rule and its exception, the law and its outcast, the doctor and the hysteric, I cannot be one without the other. I do not reject the images that consume me. I become them.” —Mady Schutzman

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[creators and performers]
[link] Image Snatchers / Technoburlesque
Feminalz: Crucial Pink, Mad Jakale, Mathilde Buns, Tristan Bargeld, H.P.D. (hormonal perturbator in decay)Cica-San, Rosa Dolores, Rebellious KITCH Controversy, Poppy Hopps, Dee Dee Void, Ariela
MCs: Frau Strapatz, Ariela, Dee Dee Void
Guests: Liberty Brokeheart, Aphra Tesla Operating System, Shiva the Godess of Gandja, Maud Otis, Virgin Mary
Costumes: Urška Recer, Matic Hrovat
Make-up: Tina Prpar (Tinka Pobalinka)
Selection of the music and original tracks: Nova deViator
Light design: Janko Oven, Urška Vohar, Dan Zrimšek
Video: WNDV
Texts: Saša Rakef, Frau Strapatz, Ariela, Dee Dee Void and Feminalz
Design: Saša Kerkoš

Production: Emanat
In collaboration: Klub Gromka, Maska, Kino Šiška
Thanks: Projekt Atol
Financially supported: Ministry of Culture RS, City Municipality of Ljubljana

Frau Strapatz has unfortunately drowned in a bucket of water on 15 October 2015 during the City of Women Festival with some aid of Feminalz seducing the audience with bittersweet vignettes of distortion, mocking, travesty and cross-dressing.

Photo gallery:
Technoburlesque – Image Snatchers & Beyond Burlesque

Live events:
15 October 2015, City of Women, Klub Gromka, Ljubljana, SI
14 May 2015, Klub Gromka, Ljubljana, SI
23 April 2015, Pritličje, Ljubljana, SI
26 March 2015, Klub Gromka, Ljubljana, SI
20 December 2014, Pritličje, Ljubljana, SI
4 December 2014, Drugajanje, Nagib na oder, Klub Narodnega doma, Maribor, SI
20 November 2014, Klub Gromka, Ljubljana, SI
11 October 2014, City of Women, Klub Gromka, Ljubljana, SI
25 September 2014, Klub Gromka, Ljubljana, SI
27 August 2014, Festival Mladi levi, Klub Gromka, SI
29 May 2014, Klub Gromka, Ljubljana, SI
5 April 2014, 44. Week of Slovene Drama, Stolp Škrlovc, PG Kranj, SI
3 April 2014, Klub Gromka, Ljubljana, SI
19 December 2013, Klub Gromka, Ljubljana, SI
17 November 2013, Klub Gromka, Ljubljana, SI
29 May 2013, Klub Gromka, Ljubljana, SI
24 April 2013, Klub Gromka, Ljubljana, SI