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by Virginia Kennard and The Naked Brastrap


MFA Performance

In Fall 2023, i will be moving to Chicago to begin studying towards my Master of Fine Arts in Studio, Performance at SAIC [School of the Art Institute Chicago]

Tiny Fest 2023

The MFA Performance at SAIC is one of the only contemporary live-performance art departments in an art school in the USA, at an undergraduate and graduate level focused on performance practice and performance studies.

I will be working with Dr Vanessa Macaulay,  Roberto Sifuentes, and  Judd Morrissey amongst others.

Mark Joseph Jeffery invited me to this program way back in 2017 after he saw a performance excerpt of my work Big Queer Anti Wedding, at a conference at York St John. After moving back to New Zealand at the end of 2017, moving to Ōtautahi mid-2018, and working for arts charities Movement Art Practice and Ōtautahi Tiny Performance Festival since 2019, i am now ready to embark on this mad arty academic journey!

Headless Women

Showing 16 January 2021
Impact Dance Studio, Ōtautahi

Reseach and development Summer 2021
with Denesa Chan
Hannah Blumhardt
Georgia Giesen
Natalie Carroll
Jess Quaid
Chloe Summerhayes

Music by Madison van Staden
Short film by Natalie Kittow
Images taken by Fern King

Response by Dr Erin Harrington

Disssordered Deficit of Active Attention

Live art performance

Digital presentation as part of
a triple bill for Dunedin Fringe 2022
DoP: Robyn Jordaan

premiered at
Experimental Dance Week Aotearoa
1 December 2020
Herald Theatre, Tāmaki Makaurau

Response from
The Pantograph Punch

Photo taken for EDWA by Courtney Rodgers




Watch Hot Girl On Girl Action
dissected reassembled and resurrected by
Two Hot Femmes!

A performance art essay
in collaboration with
Marika Pratley
touring New Zealand 2019-2020

Dunedin Fringe
show cancelled due to COVID-19
25-28 March 2020
Dog with Two Tails

Vignettes featured onstage
with The Bearded Ladies
for The Performance Arcade 2020


Virginia Kennard’s work spans over 15 years, and includes performance installations to dance reviewing, producing to pole performances. An eclectic live artist, she holds an MA Performance from Leeds Beckett University, UK and is currently based in Ōtautahi, Aotearoa.

Dance teaching
dance / freelance dance / choreography / current project
Headless Women
naked / spoken word / live art / dance / dance writing / queer / current project
Feminine Hygiene
naked / blood / live art / sound / spoken word / queer
Big Queer Anti-Wedding
naked / live art / queer / blood / dance / choreography / sound / spoken word
MA Performance
choreography / live art / assessment / sound / performance / naked / spoken word
The MORAL PANIC series
live art / spoken word / choreography / performance art / naked / sound
to and fro
live art
Betty Lightbulb
sound / live art / pole / current project
Performance and Critical Writing
dance writing / spoken word / current project
you occupy my body by looking
live art / performance art / pole / sound / dance / naked / blood
freelance dance / performance art / pole / spoken word / choreography / naked / sound
freelance dance / pole
Freelance Dancer
freelance dance / choreography
The Lady Garden
live art / naked


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