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Messapotamia Lefae (she/her) is a post-gender surrealist, sartorialist, dance artist, and chanteux based in Philadelphia, PA. She uses subversive performance art to preserve queer community, affirm gender self-determination, and heal the wounds of transphobia.

Born in Rhode Island, Messapotamia received dance training at Vassar College, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Wissahickon Dance Academy, and at the Performance Garage with Alexei Borovik. She studies voice with Cookie Diorio at Cory O’Niell Walker Vocal Studio and with Pax Ressler.

Messy is giving Peep Show performances at the Bearded Ladies’ Late Night Snacks Cabaret at The Switch through October 2. The Peep Show show was created in collaboration with Jo Vito Ramirez, Liz Atkinson, Bless Rudisill, and John Jareaux.

Messy has performed with The Bearded Ladies Cabaret on the Beard Mobile and in Late Night Snacks Cabaret, Bastille Day, Do You Want a Cookie?, and in Color Me Bearded. Messy and designer Christopher Ash created immersive, projection-assisted performances in a vintage Nomad camper, Messapotamia’s Lipsync Lounge, pre-show entertainment at the 2019 Late Night Snacks Cabaret in South Philly.

Messy recently helped to develop an outreach ministry with Saint Mark’s Church, delivering produce and groceries from Philabundance to The Church of the Crucifixion for their weekly free farmers’ market serving Latinx and Asian communities from across the greater Philadelphia area. She also works as an independent Communication Consultant to the Anti-Racism Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, and serves as the Vice Chair of the inaugural diocesan LGBTQIA+ Committee.

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