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Alice d'Lumiere is a Writer, Performance Artist, Poet, Comedienne and occasional Burlesque Dancer / Aerialist. Alice is also MtoF Genderfluid. She chose her name, her look and her gender; she spends some of her time trying to work out if she's entirely real, but then again doesn't everybody?
In 2017 Alice premiered a brand new one person show; the culmination of a year’s worth of eccentric adventures in cross-dressing, role reversal and stepping through the Looking Glass of Gender. “Illuminating Alice” was a co-commission between COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE and NORWICH ARTS CENTRE. Supported by Arts Council England, the show is an unusually personal piece aiming to explore the question of how real are the people we see in the mirror; part personal testament, part narrative cabaret; containing dynamic wordplay, extravagant frocks, Lewis Carroll imagery and just a touch of Burlesque. The show features music composed by Tina Gooding and choreography by Angelica Bangs.
Alice has been a regular performer and compere for Colchester Pride since its inception in 2017. In 2018 she joined the Colchester Pride committee and helped steer the event into 2019. She has remained with Colchester Pride and is its Lead Event Coordinator for 2021. A proud East Anglian Alice has also performed at Norwich Pride from 2017.
In 2018 Alice began work on her second full length show; "Speaking Out and Fitting In!" a work in verse and linking prose, with flashes of cabaret and aerial performance. Through this work, Alice explores the wonderful and occasionally counter-intuitive, position of the trans-gender / gender-fluid individual striving to both fit in to another gender, whilst at the same time needing to establish a unique, personal voice for themselves. The show was also ACE funded and commissioned by Colchester and Norwich Arts Centres, but developed over 2018-19 in a more modular fashion; through a series of scratch nights at a variety of amazing venues, including, Battersea Arts Centre, Poplar Union, Cambridge Junction and The Pleasance with Anonymous is a Woman Theatre Company. The show puts Alice's burgeoning identity as a performance poet to the fore and she also challenges herself to learn a new physical skill - that of Aerial Hoop. "Speaking Out..." has brought Alice into new, exciting territories and transformed her into all manner of wonderful things. Thanks to this work she has become a poet, an aerialist, a manikin in a museum display case and, with the assistance of Sh!t Theatre, a real live Fairy stuck on top of a 12 foot Christmas Tree!
In 2018 Alice also began contributing both artefacts and verse to exhibitions at Colchester Museums. Her extravagant "Night Circus Dress" featured in a display case at Hollytrees Museum, (as did she herself briefly), for the "We Are Colchester" exhibition and in 2019 she went on to contribute to "Adorn"; providing a new poem for that exhibition's launch.
In 2021 Alice plans to continue to tour "Speaking Out and Fitting In!" whilst beginning to work on developing a new show, in which she will explore gender bending in the world of Opera and challenge herself to take on what still remains her biggest fear - Singing in public…