Tip The Ivy
With Geo Wyeth, Bully Fae Collins, Cornelius (fka Mica Sigourney), and Dia Dear
Tip the Ivy is the latest multidisciplinary opera by Colin Self. In keeping with the artist’s previous works, it foregrounds its own making as a collaborative group process. Originating from a manuscript, the work mutates through collective authorship by the five collaborators and at points even extends to the public joining XOIR, Self’s experimental methodology for group singing. Tip the Ivy relies on Polari – an underground, queer language created in the UK at a time in which homosexuality was punishable by law. The encrypted language embraces illegibility and opacity as unique forms of queer creativity, community, and survival. The opera echoes an aesthetic embodied by the story of travesti performer Vera De Vienne, who has performed in Europe for the last 50 years as a gender illusionist. Equal parts cacophony and symphony, call and response, catharsis and rehearsal Tip the Ivy’s energy is both deviant and joyful.
Tip The Ivy is the first performance of Shadow; five sequential operas about shadow worlds and the characters who occupy them. Shadow initiates a ten-year research cycle that began in 2020.
Tip The Ivy was premiered in 2021 at Halle Für Kunst Steiermark (AT) and 2022 at Performance Space NY (US)
Performance Space NY / Photos by Maria Baranova: