Porno Death Cult Lives Up To Its Name

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Porno Death Cult lives up to its name. While I can say that with absolute conviction, I would be hard-pressed at defining why. Perhaps like the spiritual nature of the work, the act of describing exactly what Tara does on stage would take away its sanctity.

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg can dance. That much is evident from her first jerky movements of spiritual frenzy. What makes her special is that Tara has effortless stage presence. A single coy look conveys so much and sets the audience into stitches. Tara has us hooked on her weird exploration of religion and spirituality from square one. She sits down at various times during the performance, interacting directly with audience members, attempting life guidance and predictions like a pro charlatan.

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Her rendition of a yoga instructor is especially priceless. If you’ve gone into one of the bigger yoga studios, then you’ve probably encountered one of these purists. The suggestion of yoga and meditation as the new religion isn’t subtle, but it does ring true. Tara’s depiction of a holier, happier-than-thou ‘teacher’ reveals a new focus on cleansing and perfection.

The combination of faith and the grotesque is a place where Tara isn’t afraid to tread. In doing so, she pokes fun at religion, bringing it from mysticism to the everyday mundane. Porno Death Cult is a treat for the senses and the soul, and I’m looking forward to seeing Tara’s work again for many years to come.

Porno Death Cult played at the Firehall Arts Centre from March 5-8, 2014. No performances remaining, check out upcoming performances here.

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