Academia Goes Burlesque:
on the Queer Impact of the, Popular and Sexual Culture, Berlin May 15-16, 2024

Sabina Drąg 

Sabina Drąg - performer, independent researcher and educator. Active in fields of  movement theatre, contemporary pantomime, dance and circus. Graduated in sociology and contemporary culture at Jagiellonian University in Cracow. Completed a study of Dramaturgy in Contemporary Circus at the Sztukmistrze Foundation in Lublin. She specialises in the history of circus and freak/side shows, with main focus on XIXth century circus biographies and herstories. Conducted extended research on the figure of Anna Olga Brown - famous but almost forgotten circus artist and entrepreneur Miss Lala. For more than 12 years, she has been giving workshops, directing performances and organizing international circus and theater projects. Her main acrobatic apparatus is pole (chinese pole and pole dance). Co-founder of the Manowce Kultury Foundation and PROwincja magazine. Editor of the portal, which is a new medium about contemporary circus in Poland. Currently, she researches the history of female jesters and clowns at the turn of the century as well as so-called Lady illusions. In the field of animal studies she delves into the history of the flea circus and human-animal hybrids in the circus sideshow.