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Frankie van Kan, aka Frankie Valentine, is an interdisciplinary queer artist working with live performance, costume, the written word and dance. Writer, sex worker and parent living in Naarm, she is devoted to spreading the gospel of pleasure through her work both onstage and off. Her practise explores the liberation of the female body, sex/uality, and queerness.

Performance highlights include working with Briefs and Seen and Heard cabaret, co-producing Baby Got Back and currently producing Stripped Queer. She has performed all over Australia and Europe including Paris Burlesque Festival, Edinburgh, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne fringe festivals, The National Gallery of Victoria, Sydney World Pride and Melbourne Writers Festival. She has written for Archer magazine, Lip Magazine and Bowen Street Press. She will be debuting her first solo show, A Body at Work, directed by Maude Davey, at La Mama theatre as part of their Midsumma program in January 2024.

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