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The troupe was founded in the summer of 1992 by Anohni with Johanna Constantine and Psychotic Eve. In a short time, the troupe had grown to consist of 15 downtown artists.
The troupe started doing shows in the Crow Bar but soon moved to the Pyramid Club, where it would set up different plays each Monday night. The first play was The Scarlet Letter by Anohni, shown for the first and last time 12 October 1992. The last play was 13 WAYS TO DIE, which was shown for the first and last time 13 March 1995. Anohni directed two plays "The Birth of Anne Frank" and "Miracle Now" which were performed with many of the Black Lips members at PS122.
The troupe quickly became famous in the underground club culture of the Lower East Side - especially known for its trademark: "Bloodbags and Beauty". In one of the plays, called Starvation, the dancers dressed as maggots and threw liver around.
It was in the Blacklips Performance Cult that Anohni first gained attention thanks to her extraordinary voice. During performances she sang Cripple and the Starfish, Blue Angel and Hitler in My Heart. These songs were later published on her first album as part of Antony and the Johnsons
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