Written and performed by Sacha Yanow
Cherie Dre is a solo performance about the showgirl alter ego of Yanow’s grandmother who suffered from bipolar disorder before the invention of modern treatments. Set in the 1950’s, the performance unfolds in two places simultaneously: her grandmother’s bedroom in the Bronx and a ballroom at the Concord resort hotel in the Catskills. The artist embodies her own imagining of Cherie Dre through covers of the Yiddish pop songs by the Barry Sisters, dance routines, monologues, and “dialogues.” As with Yanow’s previous work, this piece weaves together personal experience with broader social histories through physical storytelling and queer embodying. Specifically, Cherie Dre excavates the artist’s relationship to gender and femininity, magical thinking, gambling, and performing, alongside the history of the Borscht Belt, Jewish entertainers and McCarthy era witch hunts.
Cherie Dre was presented at The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, as an immersive installation September 9th-October 9th 2016. Click HERE for installation images and information.
Past Performance Dates:
August 19th, 2017 Denniston Hill residency showing at the Hurleyville Arts Center, Hurleyville, NY.
September, 2016 The Cooley Gallery at Reed College, Portland, OR.
September 25th, 2016 Women and Performance evening at CPR in New York.
Development support for Cherie Dre was provided by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space Residency (March, 2016), and by a residency-based exhibition at the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College (September 9–October 9, 2016), curated by Stephanie Snyder.