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Johanna Went

Johanna Went

Johanna Went


Johanna Went is a pioneering performance artist who began performing as part of a street theater troupe that traveled America and Europe in the 1970’s. Following her years on the road she settled in LA in the late 70’s and began transforming her street theater performances into what would become her signature style. Using found props and hand-sewn costumes she developed a wild stage act that included live musical backing from legendary performers such as Z’ev and KK Barret of the Screamers. Read more on Last.fm
Johanna Went is a pioneering performance artist who began performing as part of a street theater troupe that traveled America and Europe in the 1970’s. Following her years on the road she settled in LA in the late 70’s and began transforming her street theater performances into what would become her signature style. Using found props and hand-sewn costumes she developed a wild stage act that included live musical backing from legendary performers such as Z’ev and KK Barret of the Screamers. In 1979 she began working with the Wheaton brothers (Brock on drums and Mark on syntheziers) who arrived in LA that year from Seattle with their band Chinas Comidas.

To this day Mark continues to work with Johanna as her musical director. Their next collaboration will be a series of performances at LA’s Track 16 Gallery in May 2007. Combining a wild, chaotic performing style packed with visual excitement, gallons of blood, streams of multicolored liquids, giant bloody tampons, enormous sewn fabric sculptures, wacky scary costumes and enough Styrofoam and found film stock to fill a room, Johanna packed the clubs in LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix and New York. For more than ten years she was known as an innovative performance artist, particularly for the visual richness of her on-stage characters. She was equally renowned for her use of live improvised music that crossed over from jazzy rock grooves and jungle beats to electronic soundscapes and industrial noise.

And always, above all the wild, driving music: Johanna’s completely stream of conscience vocals. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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