‘F To eMbody’ rescheduled for Dec. 3

Rocco Katastrophe. at left, and Harvey Katz present “F to eMbody.”

In a Bates College performance originally scheduled for Oct. 29, trans-masculine artists Rocco Katastrophe and Athens Boys Choir present F To eMbody: A Reconstruction of Gender, a gender-deviant, multi-media, spoken word, homo-hop extravaganza at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in the Benjamin Mays Center, 95 Russell St.

Hurricane Sandy forced the postponement of the October presentation of F To eMbody. The rescheduled performance is presented by the Office of Intercultural Education at Bates, and co-sponsored by the women and gender studies program, the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, and the departments of arts and visual culture and of music.

This all-ages event is open to the public at no cost. For more information, please call 207-786-8303.

Hip hop artist Rocco “Katastrophe” Kayiatos and spoken word poet Harvey Katz, a.k.a. Athens Boys Choir, present performances that aim to both entertain and to offer insights into the transgender experience.

Yale Daily News reporter Yvette Borja wrote that “Katz’s art is unabashedly personal, subversive without being caustic.” He uses video and pop culture spoofs to shed light on his own experiences.

“Kayiatos rapped about his difficulty fitting in during high school and the bouts of depression that he experienced periodically throughout his life,” Borja wrote. “Nonetheless, he kept it light by introducing his songs with the anecdotes that often served as the inspiration behind his work.

“Like Katz, his presentation was a balancing act: art that makes us laugh while simultaneously showing the darkness underneath.”

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