Category: pole

Virginia was a contributor to Messed Up on, New Zealand’s longest running mashup show and made some rad mash-ups as DJ Betty Lightbulb. Several tracks were mastered and produced by Dan Untitled.

She continues to create mash-ups, spoken word sonic layers, and remixed tracks for her performance works and you can find several of these tracks at her profile. Betty’s debut live set was 26 July 2018, at SAYONARA SOUP event at Space Academy, Christchurch, a community event run by Gap Filler.

Tracks include:
Some backing sounds for Feminine Hygiene, a performance art essay collab with Marika Pratley, whilst they chatted about sex work within a Marxist framework, performed at Hamilton Fringe and Ōtautahi Tiny Performance Festival 2019.

A new track for her Big Queer Anti-Wedding series as performed for #redshoesnoknickers at the glØaming, Tempo Dance Festival, Auckland, October 2019

Moral Panic, the soundtrack to a 2016 solo, featured in the Music From Her: Sound Art Exhibition in October 2018 for Aotearoa Audio Arts Festival. Full exhibition album available here.

The soundtrack for Big Queer Anti-Wedding, featuring original composition Slut Revolt by Marika Pratley and Chris Wratt, and including tracks by Marlea Black and spoken word by Virginia Kennard,

sylvia eats amy jean and emi and 19/01 breaks britney’s ice for her solo movement performance work am i ever gonna be enough, which was performed at Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds, May 2017.

Take up space and get the fuck i’m sorry im sorry as part of her dance ensemble piece Self Love is a Revolutionary Act, which was performed at Sibiu International Theatre Festival, June 2017.

Freeky Litanies 1.0 as part of her solo work on ethical consumption and sex work, am i ever gonna be enough

Coiled Up Le1fy Delia for Works for Loudspeakers, Autumn 2015 and used for pole performance Voyeurist.

Stupid Sardines for you occupy my body by looking performance i’m selling shoes obviously – an homage to Guy Bourdin

Photo credit:

  • Kowhai Montgomery, 2015


Exhibition and performance season over 17 days

Looking in to look out. Looking back.
Performance trace, collected materials, lipstick lists, naked drawings, invented instruments, and selfies; all part of this performance installation delving into how we look – at bodies, at women, at ourselves.
Thursday 4 – Saturday 20 June 2015
Toi Pōneke Gallery, Abel Smith Street
Te Aro, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand

Photo credits:
  • Fern King, Noisy Femmes and their Sexist Microphone [featured image]
  • Kristy McCormick Art and Imagery, The Bloody Bride
  • Kowhai Montgomery, Drumming and Dancing
  • Virginia Kennard, workshop session
  • Virginia Kennard, Hannah paints me
  • Virginia Kennard, Spinster Ladies Party with Colour in a Cunt
  • Pipi Ayesha-Evans, Please Ask First
  • Virginia Kennard, The Awakening by Natalie J. Cheetham
  • Erica Sklenars, I’m not your toy
  • Aurynn Shaw, Notes on Looking 2.0
  • Kowhai Montgomery, i’m selling shoes obviously

Performance research by Virginia Kennard

What does it mean to look and to be looked at?
Reversing the Gaze
Looking in to look out, looking back

  • Video how do i look? for explicit: implicit, The Porn Project, Auckland 2013
    Movement performance by Virginia Kennard
    Sonic composition by Emi Pogoni
    Vocal artists Vincent Konrad and Rose Blake
  • Performance installation The Lady Garden
    Featuring live naked women as desexualised objects, asking the audience to renegotiate the lens with which they use to look at women and women’s bodies
    World premiere, Matchbox Studios, Wellington, December 2012
  • Notes on looking
    to and fro
    , Artspace, Auckland 2014
    Short + Sweet Dance Festival, Auckland 2014
    The Menagerie, Fringe Bar, Wellington 2015
    you occupy my body by looking, Toi Pōneke Gallery, Wellington 2015
  • Spoken word performance What is body positivity?
    Poetry in Motion, Heaven Pizza, October 2013
  • Pole performance Voyeurist
    Performed for The Pole Room, Sci-Fi Fantasy show, Fringe Bar, Wellington 2015
    Mashup by Betty Lightbulb

Virginia Kennard has trained in the art of pole dance on and off since 2009 in Oxford and Edinburgh, but became serious after starting classes at Body Electric Pole Studio, Wellington.

Performances include

  • The Pole Room, Sci-Fi Fantasy, 2015
  • Show Some Love, Fundraiser Cabaret for Wellington Women’s Refuge, 2015
  • The Pole Room, Elements of Pole, Fringe Bar, 2015
  • NZ Amateur Pole Performance competition, 2015

Photo credits:

  • Maggie Bloom, 2015 [featured image]
  • Rex Ostil Bustria, 2015
  • Rex Ostil Bustria, 2015
  • Maggie Bloom, 2015
  • Alex Angileri, 2014
  • Maggie Bloom, 2015
  • Rex Ostil Bustria, 2015
  • Rex Ostil Bustria, 2015


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