Jody Kuehner

Invited by Dayna Hanson
Credits: Eric Pagulo


Part bio drag queen, part contemporary dance, and part performance art, Cherdonna Shinatra is a persona and company that encompasses all works choreographed and performed by Jody Kuehner. Taking what you recognize about dance, what you believe about drag, what intrigues you about improvisation and what delights you about entertainment, Cherdonna effortlessly tosses it in a mason jar, shakes it up, and opens the lid. Cherdonna exists between dimensions and quantum shifts in time through everyday objects and emotions. She is always seeking (even while struggling), what is beautiful and shiny. She lives for the light. Cherdonna is aggressively sweet. The subtext is the made-up surface belying what exists beneath and the commentary of truth beyond what's advertised. Cherdonna is a drag queen without an attitude she uses her hyper feminine mask to allow performances of brazen vulnerability.

In the same evening, Cherdonna can shock you with big costumes and larger-than-life expressions and rock you emotionally with the most subtle look or gesture. Just when you think you know her trajectory, she takes you on a whole new path.

"the amazing Chedronna Shinatra (who basically flung her limbs from her body in the most athletic and aerobic dance solo the world has ever seen)" - Adrian Ryan, The Stranger