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Trana Wintour speaks the word desire, then backs off. “That’s not the right word. I’ve never had the desire to perform. I’ve always felt the need [elle appuie sur besoin] To express myself in the performance dimension. But I ignored this need for too long for a number of reasons, until I got to a point where it was no longer possible. »
On the balcony of a café in Verdun, his neighborhood for two years, the comedian speaks with affirmations from someone who has often been invited to tell the long road that led her to herself. However, there was still a hint in his voice that was not weakness, but lively emotion. Trana has told her story dozens of times, but this story is too important to her to be retold when one unravels a tape.
“The biggest of these is the lack of confidence due to years of bullying. To try to survive [à l’école primaire et secondaire], I had to try to make myself invisible, which is the opposite of being a performer. But I knew it wasn’t me, the problem, that the others were,” she notes.
I felt surrounded by idiots and that I should protect myself, but I can imagine that one day I will have my moment. I was waiting.
Caught in the dilemma of exclusion, under the weight of the ridicule of her tormentors, however, she trusts not to turn the evil of which she was a victim into a self-hatred. However, she grew up at a time when the vocabulary that would have allowed her to name and understand pluralism did not reach the middle-class homes of the Beyerfonds, where she lived out her youth with a loving mother, Mona, and her younger sister.
To whom do you attribute this protective reflex? To icons like Cher and Madonna, lifelong friends of queer communities, who gave her the belief that there was a place for her somewhere.
The assertion of her identity as a woman, in her early twenties, would soon lead to her first comedic attempts, inspired by the discovery of American comedians Margaret Cho and Sandra Bernard. In 2013, she invited a handful of onlookers to a friend’s apartment, and made her a one-hour show.
This premiere remains, to this day, a transformative experience—”I’ve never been stressed in my life before”—from which you’ll emerge with a start of faith in its own means. She turned to the English Comedy Club circuit, before creating thematic shows with her friend Thomas LeBlanc (who Saint Celineon Céline Dion, at Zoofest), with whom she co-leads the awesome podcast selected family.
I think not having this full understanding of my identity prevented me from achieving the level of confidence I needed to start my artistic career. In my childhood, my creativity was a sign of femininity, and I was a target because of my femininity. This is why these two things are related. I had hidden my femininity and creativity.
Trana Wintour no longer lives in secret. not at all. On the sidewalk by the balcony, a young woman suddenly stops and drenches the comedian, baffled at his apology and forgetting to breathe, a torrent of compliments. “My wife is a big fan, she says to him in English. I’m so sorry to bother you, but my wife would be so jealous of me! Can we take a picture? She was so proud of you for Big brother. »
In July 2021, Tranna Wintour announced on stage Rita Baga and Jean-Thomas Jobin just for the sake of laughter about her ambition to become a Quebec star among French speakers. The isolation of our star system has always fascinated this English-speaking, ardent fan of Mitsuo, who has spent many hours in front of the MusiquePlus and speaks excellent French. The last step in this plan was to participate in it Big brother. » Be careful what you dream about, even as a joke: A few weeks later, the reality TV crew handed him his pass.
Despite his many anxieties, this first intense camera experience was primarily fun and, above all, beneficial to his fame. Without entering the house with the task of doing useful work, Trana – the power of television – will inevitably contribute to the normalization of trans-identity. She hopes that this part of her will be less and more at the center of her interviews. “It’s not very interesting, frankly,” she says, while urging caution.
It would be wrong, in her opinion, to regard the acts of transphobia by Ricky Gervais or Dave Chappelle as many subtle phenomena, rather than as a specific manifestation of the atmosphere of the times, as severely flawed. “We see how several states in the United States are trying to roll back transgender rights and women’s rights. We are living in a very frightening moment against women.”
In an issue presented last summer during the OFF-JFL, Trana sarcastically thanked those well-meaning women who constantly praise her — at the grocery store, at bars, on the street — for her bravery. This is because Trana does not think she is brave.
If I say I am brave, it is like admitting that I should be afraid. And then transphobias, homosexuals, racists and misogynists don’t frighten me. They just make me angry. What a filthy life of hate there is!
Its existence is the opposite of nonsense. As proof: On Wednesday, she’ll be hosting her first concert at Dr. Mobilo Aquafest, during which you will noticeably receive one of its idols, Patsy Gallant. Tranna will also be performing at the Eddy King and Richardson Zéphir concert at Just for Laughs, a festival for just laughs, the Emerging Shadow Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue and the comedian! Quebec Festival. She sees herself one day holding the reins of her talk show.
“There is a long list of reasons why I feel afraid, but that is not an option for me. Life is too short.”
Gala Trana Wintour, June 22 at Club Soda, as part of Dr. Mobilo Aquafest
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