ТОЛЬКО ДЛЯ ВЗРОСЛЫХ
(на сцене фокусница
Фокус с красным
платочком на ФЕСТИВАЛЕ СМЕХА в Монреале 2007
Урсулы Мартинез www.ursulamartinez.com
Magic tricks Ursula
Martinez - Just for laughs festival 2007
Ursula Martinez is an Anglo-Spanish performance artist noted for her use
of nudity and non-actors.
Her father is English and her mother Spanish. She has worked with
experimental theater groups Forced Entertainment, Insomniac Productions,
The Glee Club, and Duckie. In the 1990s she began to combine this with
her experience in cabaret, establishing a reputation in the queer arts
community. With collaborator Mark Whitelaw, she created A Family Outing,
a performance piece in which she deconstructed her own childhood and
coming out, including appearing nude on stage alongside both her parents.
It debuted at the 1998 Edinburgh Festival and toured for three years.
The Independent said of it that she had "created a new theatrical genre".
She and Whitelaw next created a piece called Show Off, which also toured
internationally. The second performer in this piece is her ex-love
Carmen Cuenca, which is made known to the audience as part of the
performance. Their third collaboration is OAP (Old Age Pensioner), which
opened at The Barbican in October 2006. Together, the three pieces
constitute a trilogy "exploring self-obsession, identity and the
artifice of performance".
Martinez has also created a number of shorter works solo, including
Curing Homosexuality, The Class Club, C'est Vauxhall!!, and C'est
Barbican, which won an Olivier Award. Her short films include Oh Baby (a
runner-up for the 1997 Dick Award) and Venkel's Syndrome, winner of the
Silver Spike Award at the 2001 Valladolid International Film Festival.
Her short piece Hanky Panky, combines a handkerchief trick magic act
with striptease and was filmed at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in
Montreal, has been widely circulated on the Internet.