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Libra Moon by Messapotamia Lefae

Messapotamia Lefae is a first-generation Filipinx-American post-gender surrealist, sartorialist, dance artist, and chanteux. Messy seeks to expand social spaces for queer community, encourage gender self-determination, and mend the wounds of transphobia through the performance of sadness, suffering, unlovability, and darkness. Messy has performed at the AIDS Fund’s GayBINGO as a Bingo Verifying Diva and The Bearded Ladies Cabaret in Color Me Bearded at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and in Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary. She developed one-on-one lip sync performances and made her live singing debut in Do You Want A Cookie?, an immersive, interactive journey through the cabaret form, part of the 2018 Fringe Festival. In the Lipsync Lounge, Messy gave private performances to hundreds of individuals and small groups as pre-show entertainment at the Late Night Snacks Cabaret, part of the 2019 Fringe Festival. Messy recently made her “Lincoln Center debut” alongside opera legend Stephanie Blythe as Blythely Oratonio in Blythely Ever After, part of the 2020 American Songbook series.

Libra Moon is a series of autobiographical contemporary dance pieces about identity, queerness, and compassion that combines devised fictional autobiographical storytelling, contemporary dance, immersive surrealist installation art, and projected animations.

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