Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2013-14

(New York, NY)Julie Atlas Muz

Beauty and the Beast

Born at the Extravagant Bodies Disability Arts Festival, Croatia 2007, Beauty and the Beast was a reason for Muz and her spouse to meet clandestinely and fall in love. Through the making of theater they are confronting and bringing out into the open very common but hidden issues of Disability and Feminism with a trickster-ish take on story that has been sanitized by Disney. As an Improbable Associated Artist Production they believe it is time to thoroughly and theatrically develop a story of adult love highlighting the difficulties that difference can create and how self-acceptance can overcome prejudice.


Julie Atlas Muz has become one of the most acclaimed and prolific conceptual performers and choreographers anywhere. Her come-hither performances have secured her a vaunted place in opposite realms — the underworld and the establishment art world. Muz was named Lambent Fellow, Valencia Biennial Artist, Whitney Biennial Artist, and Artist-in-Residence from Chashama, Joyce Soho, Dixon Place and Movement Research. Since 2010 she has been touring large scale theaters in France with the Cabaret New Burlesque as well as creating and starring in radical evening-length productions in Spiegeltents around the globe.

MAT FRASER (UK (Beast)):
Mat Fraser, one of the U.K’s best known disabled performers, has gathered a large body of work over the last 15 years in many different arts media; telling stories dramatically is where his heart lies. Mat is a multi-disciplinary performing artist, writer, and musician, who has played to audiences from The Olympic stadium, The Royal Albert Hall, to many dive bars and late-night clubs, all the while employing his "Cripping up the scene" attitude of working as a Disability Artist within mainstream arts environments.