News: A Sissy's Progress: the dangerous power of an effeminate man

Monday 21 March 2016 by Denise Drake

Sissy's Progress
Photo: Loredana Denicola

Brazilian performance artist Nando Messias created a one-man carnival to take a stand for men like him. The Sissy’s Progress is a performance artwork that revisits the homophobic attack that left him bruised, broken and too scared to leave his flat for months.

“I thought, there’s an artistic challenge here: how can I transform this horrible thing that happened to me into something beautiful and amazing for other people?” He also felt a social duty to stand up for other ‘effeminate’ men. “I had the chance to do something, but also a responsibility. As a dancer, and as an academic.”

The full article is available in the Guardian 16 March 2016. You can also read the exclusive feature that Nando wrote for us.

Sissy’s Progress was at Toynbee Studios on 17 and 18 March and will also be taking place at the Brighton Fringe on 7 May and the Horniman Museum, London, on 12 May.

Photo: Loredana Denicola

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