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Biography

 
 
Lazlo Pearlman is a creator, performer, director, lecturer and teacher whose work is often but not always generated by his FTM transgendered experience.

He has been making performances since he was a ten 10 year old girl, first inspired by an obsession with black and white musicals, comedies and film noir. He has made his way through (and returned to) many performance forms including physical theatre, performance art, installations, cabaret, burlesque, vaudeville, fetish shows, camp/parody, clowning, film/video and even the occasional piece of "straight" theatre.

Lazlo holds a Master's degree in Physical Theatre, has created four one person shows, dozens of short solo works, written and directed short films, and he has collaborated with and directed many other performing artists. He has taught his workshops and given lectures in the US, Canada, France, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom. Most recent projects include the new show "Dance Me to the End of Love," a work exploring love, exposure, the trans body, intimacy, vulnerability and partnering and using the strip, dance, performance art and audience participation; and the feature length documentary on his work "Fake Orgasm,"  (Directed by Jo Sol and produced by Zip Films and Executive Produced by Killer Films and Christing Vachon), which toured festivals worldwide in 2011 (taking him along with it whenever possible). His short film "Unhung Heroes," the first comedy about not having a dick, is available through Frameline Distribution and is viewable online (see the Unhung Heroes tab above). He is currently lecturing full time in Performance at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and pursuing a doctoral degree at London University's Central School of Speech and Drama in performance practice and philosophy.

Lazlo is first author on the 'Trans Arts and Artists' chapter of the book Trans Bodies, Trans Selves and also served as the Art editor for the entire volume:

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves


He has recently completed a chapter for the forthcoming Queer Instruments: Local Practices and Global Queernesses. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) entitled 'Kisses Cause Trouble, Le Vrai Spectacle: Queering the French, Frenching the Queer,'  -

- and had his article ‘Dissemblage’ and ‘Truth Traps’: Creating Methodologies of Resistance in Queer Autobiographical Theatre published in 
Theatre Research International / Volume 40 / Issue 01 / March 2015, (pp 88-91)

Lazlo has some availability for bookings of all sorts: performances, long and short; workshops, talks and lectures; direction and performance collaboration

Some of the places Lazlo’s performance work has been seen and/or presented by:

The Box, London
Highways Performance Space, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Cornerstone Theater, Los Angeles, CA
The Evidence Room, Los Angeles, CA
The Palace of Wonders, DC, USA
The Great Big Drag King Extravaganza, DC, USA
Ohio State University, OH, USA
Gender Odyssey, Seattle, WA USA
Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, CA
Studio 303/Edgy Women, Montreal, CA
The Drill Hall Theatre, London, UK
Jackson’s Lane Theatre, London, UK
The Royal Vauxhall Tavern Theatre, London, UK
Visions of Excess, London, Birmingham, UK
Goldsmiths University, London, UK
Central School of Speech and Drama, London, UK
Hull University, Hull, UK
Palais de Tokyo Museum, Paris
Chez Moune, Paris,
Le Tango, Paris
Le Plug, Paris
Divan du Monde, Paris
Cabarets in Orleans, Nice, Lyons, Bordeaux, (France), and Rome, Bologna and Milan (Italy), Copehagen and  Tel Aviv
Amsterdam Transgender Film Festival
Torture Garden, London, Athens
Café De Paris, London
Café Pigalle, London
Club Wotever, London
Erotic Film Festivals Berlin, Athens, Amsterdam
Tranny Hotel in Liverpool

…to name but a few…

Many of my performances and workshops are the fruit of Company Unhung, my ongoing collaboration with the ingenious Jeri Poll
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