THE 21ST CENTURY AMAZON WOMEN
We are LEGACY FATALE
A performance art collective based in NYC channeling the ancient spirit of the Eurasian Amazon Warrior Women. We foster empowerment by revisiting concepts of identity in the wild, the mythical and the historical female archetype. We focus on community building through inter-generational relations and leadership.
Founding concept by Coco Dolle ©2008
Leader / coco dolle
Co-leader / shawn bishop
ALINE MAGGY DECAT/AMBREEN SATIA/ANKI KING/ASHLIE SMITH/AURELIE BACQUET/CHRISTI JOHNSON/CLARIBEL JOLIE PICHARDO/DANNIEL SWATOSH/FLORENCE BENICHOU/IVY BLACKSHIRE/MELANIE AUSTIN/NASSIMA KHELIFA/REBECCA WOOD/SHAUNA CUMMINS/SIW LAURENT
ALLISSON BRAUN/CAMILA GOMEZ/CAROL SHARKS/ELIZABETH HEART/HEATHER DUKES/JANA ASTANOV/JENNIFER MAHARRY/JESSIE GOLD/PATRICIA BOLIN/DR.ROXANNE PARTRIDGE/SHOBITA MAMPILLY/TANYA MINHAS
Music Score/PIERROT CARRILERO
Costumes design/SHAWN BISHOP
2016 - MANCHESTER VICTORIAN SERIES ©LEGACYFATALE
2015 - A THOUSAND THY NIGHT IN WOODSTOCK SERIES ©legacyfatale
2008 - HUNTING FOR BASEL SERIES ©legacyfatale
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LEGACY FATALE is an interdisciplinary performance art collective born in New York City. Its concept is based on recent archeological evidences of the ancient nomadic Eurasian Amazons warrior women. The collective represents a hybrid breed of historic and pop cultural icons, a cross-pollination of mythical and contemporary female archetypes.
LEGACY FATALE evolves in cycles of choreographies and site-specific installations, channeling ancient power of feminine leadership into a creative model of consciousness raising communities. Its title is derived from the long legacy of women’s sacrifices subjected to violence from organized societies with the contemporary iconographies and ideals of femme fatale prevailing in our media industry. Legacy's movement vocabulary takes references from the heritage of contemporary dance, ancient ritual practices and countercultures.
LEGACY FATALE is a place where the contexts of female imagery is re-examined and subjected to re-evaluation, a place where feminine nature plays a primary role as a source of positive creative leadership.
In LEGACY FATALE we refer to the so-called myths of Amazon warriors from ancient Greek mythology as a formal symbol of an ultimate ideal, when men and women where considered equals. We believe that this strictly female society was the origin of feminism in practice. Perhaps this culture was an utopian ideal for a matriarchal society.
The Origin of this debate can be traced back to a Swiss law professor and classical scholar named Johann Jakob Bachofen. In 1861 Bachofen published his radical thesis that these Greek Amazon Warriors were not a myth but a fact. In his view, humanity started out under the rule of woman-kind and only switched to patriarchy at the dawn of civilization.
Further in the early 1990s, Scientific research led by Jeannine Davis-Kimball, Director of the American Eurasian Research Institute (AERI) uncovered graves of warrior women, preternaturally tall for their time, who had been buried with their weapons near the Kazakhstan border. She pursued her research by retracing their DNA taken from their human remains, proving that Amazons (a Greek etymology, which later has inspired the naming of the Amazon river in Brazil) were not fiction. After years of research, her scientific team found a young Mongolian farm girl carrying this exact DNA. She is blond with blue eyes, rides horses and lives in the mountains with her family. These discoveries prove the true existence of this unique culture of nomadic women that can be traced back to 1500 BC.
The LEGACY FATALE project is geared to create a new context for these myths of warrior women and re-define the conventional beliefs of woman as an idealized object of adoration. It embraces issues of identity, gender roles, leadership, worship, history, transcending time and geography. LEGACY FATALE pays homage to the strength of woman, the role of the feminine in today’s society and aims to challenge concepts of resistance and activism within the world of art.
LEGACY FATALE acts as an excavator of forgotten myths translated into contemporary art practices and choreographies. Using modern dance techniques, the collective’s performances are evocative of tribal rituals, paganisms, ceremonial processions and interpretative dances.
Incorporating original music composition, accessories and costumes, LEGACY FATALE pays homage to honor a global buried matriarchal lineage. Each projects is geared towards raising community awareness and embraces a multi-cultural approach. Media installations are designed to a reinterpretation of art history, re-contextualizing notions of leadership, worship, feminisms, and iconographies in public spaces.
LEGACY FATALE debuted in 2008 as a performance concept by French-born artist Coco Dolle, and presented during the annual downtown avant guarde Deitch Project’s Art Parade in NYC. A central performer since its inception, artist Shawn Bishop joined the collective as co-leader in 2014, as the project reaffirmed its presence within the feminist community of New York. Auxiliary members are recruited in-situ according to specifics of location and performance concepts.
LEGACY FATALE’s performances range from complex choreographies to ceremonial happenings geared to special events within art establishments and galleries. Continuously expanding from a performance concept into multiple practices including photography, video, printing and installations, LEGACY FATALE has exhibited outdoors installation (Pop Pyramid), produced a travel diary film (Disruptive Quest For A Goldfish), designed site-specific performances (Ritual Eclipse) and is now working on new photography concept for a book project.
LEGACY FATALE has performed internationally at The Wonder Women Festival Manchester, UK (2016), Fountain Fair Miami (2008), Armory Show NYC (2009), SELECT Fair Miami (2014). The collective is a grant recipient of Arts Council England (2015). It was an artist-in-residence with Alexandra Arts, UK (2016) and Select Fair Miami, USA (2014).