Who's Your Dandy?
Scotland's off-the-wall, accessible film-based performance returns to Edinburgh this November!
Cast of Equivalence by Ania Urbanowska
IMAGE: CCC/WHO'S YOUR DANDY
After their inaugural event back in 2014 which packed Edinburgh Filmhouse, Who’s Your Dandy?, by independent Scottish arts company Cachín Cachán Cachunga! (CCC), returns to the Scottish capital this November. Dedicated to producing artistic works about and by trans, intersex and queer people, DIVA spoke to writer, interdisciplinary artist and curator Sandra Alland to find out more.
DIVA: How did Cachín Cachán Cachunga! come to be?
Sandra Alland: CCC started out as a monthly cabaret event back in 2009 and has continued to grow ever since! It’s disability-led, and produces accessible arts events for both audiences and artists. We were lucky that, in 2014, Edinburgh Filmhouse got on board to us put on a large LGBTQI+ event with short films, and live performances integrated with film. It was a smashing success! After my collaborative live short story with film, Equivalence, was part of sold-out shows at Barbican and Anatomy last year, I sat down with programmer Evi Tsiligaridou and Filmhouse, and they invited us back - this time with Equivalence, live performance from poet Andra Simons, and a short film programme.
Art by Micah Bazant from The Personal Things by Reina Gossett
How does Equivalence fit into the wider Who's Your Dandy? event?
Who's Your Dandy? features queer and trans performers and films. Equivalence is about non-binary gender, physics, disability and the nature of the "I" in storytelling. On top of that, I'm thrilled to be working with long-time CCC collaborator and filmmaker, Ania Urbanowska and to feature a brilliant cast of local trouble-makers!
Trailer: Equivalence by Sandra Alland
What can people expect?
In terms of shorts, there's a documentary of Asian American lesbians over 60 by the amazing Tina Takemoto, who was one of the highlights of 2014's show. Another exciting return is Françoise Doherty, with her surreal queer and trans animated bunnies. And there's more beautiful animation -- by Shira Avni, of two learning-disabled men who fall in love in a group home, and by Reina Gossett and Pamela Chavez, featuring black trans activist, Miss Major, and art by Micah Bazant. There's also queer Scottish-Thai poet, Bea Webster, with a gorgeous BSL poem, and Dickie Hearts' Deaf queers fighting zombies!
Lia Shigemura from Sex, Politics and Sticky Rice by Tina Takemoto
Accessibility is a crucial element to CCC's work, as well as the themes it explores, how else is the event made accessible?
Audio description and captioning are still really rare at film screenings, especially audio description of independent queer and trans films. So we're particularly joyful to offer AD for blind and visually impaired members of our community, written in collaboration with the filmmakers themselves. BSL interpreters Lisa Li and Yvonne Waddell will also be on hand, and all films and most live performances will be captioned. The event is also relaxed. It's a big deal to be able to properly access work by and about your communities, instead of only a mainstream blockbuster once in a while.
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