Taylor Mac: Holiday Sauce… Pandemic!

A Virtual Vaudeville

Christmas as calamity – 2020 Ibsen Award winner and MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac and his long time collaborators, designer Machine Dazzle, Music Director Matt Ray and producers Pomegranate Arts join together to celebrate the holidays in all of their dysfunction.

Taylor Mac

Taylor Mac

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Taylor Mac: Holiday Sauce… Pandemic!


Livestream: 12 December 2020, 20:00
Video on demand: 13 December 2020 to 2 January 2021
65 min, in English

“Holiday Sauce… Pandemic!” will blend music, film, burlesque and random acts of fabulousness to reframe the songs you love and the holidays you hate.

There is more to the holidays than rampant capitalism and gift giving and in Taylor Mac’s world, creativity and imagination are their own spirituality. This holiday season will be bittersweet for so many – Taylor Mac reminds us of the collective power of our chosen families, a message that will be of particular resonance this year when so many have lost so much.

Taylor Mac dedicates “Holiday Sauce” to Mother Flawless Sabrina, Mac’s drag mother, who passed away in December 2017. As a tribute to her, each institution presenting “Holiday Sauce... Pandemic!” is honoring a local elder who has made a significant contribution to nurturing the queer community in their city. We have selected Mahide Lein, who, as a queer feminist, has been building bridges between art, culture, social activism and international issues since the 1970s, and from the mid-1990s with her concert and event agency AHOI. Collectively, these elders make up a group; their names will be mentioned in the show and featured on the “Holiday Sauce” website.

With “Holiday Sauce… Pandemic!” we are continuing our collaboration with Taylor Mac that began in October 2019 with the European premiere of the show “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele as part of the programme series Immersion.

Mahide Lein

Mahide Lein

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Holiday Sauce… Pandemic!

Conceived and Performed by Taylor Mac
Music Director / Arranger Matt Ray
Set and Costume Design Machine Dazzle
Production Director Jeremy Lydic
Make Up Design Anastasia Durasova
Creative Producers Pomegranate Arts
Producers Linda Brumbach & Alisa E. Regas

“Holiday Sauce… Pandemic!” was commissioned by The International Ibsen Festival, The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and The National Theatre of Oslo with additional support from Artpark-Lewiston, NY, ASU Gammage at Arizona State University, Berliner Festspiele, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, Curran San Francisco, FirstWorks/Brown Arts Initiative, The Guthrie Theater, The Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth, Live Arts Miami, OZ Arts Nashville, Park Avenue Armory, Seattle Theatre Group and On The Boards, Stanford Live at Stanford University, Teatros del Canal Madrid, TO Live, UtahPresents and Wexner Center of the Arts at the Ohio State University.

“Holiday Sauce” was originally commissioned and produced as a live performance event by Nature’s Darlings and Pomegranate Arts, worldwide representative for “Holiday Sauce” and Taylor Mac.


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