Michael Vang

Him to Them
Him to Them
Artistic Discipline: Music
Category: Brooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2020
Location: Bushwick

Michael Vang is a genderqueer pop artist known as M the Myth who uses music and performance as vehicles to spread awareness about issues surrounding gender identity. They started expressing their queerness at a very young age; identifying more as a woman than as a man, though they were gendered as a boy at birth. They faced tremendous adversity in their youth, and as a result, they hid their gender identity from the public. It is their goal to show their community the beauty of genderfluidity using a passion for music.

Their project, “Him to Them,” is an intergalactic-space-opera based on the story of Vang’s gender transition. The show explores various expressions of gender. It has been a work-in-progress since its creation in July 2018. They have performed “Him to Them” in several venues in New York. The show is influenced by the traditions of glam rock and inspired by artists such as David Bowie, Boy George, and George Michael. Over the course of one hour, Vang dances to and sings thirteen original songs, changes into six original costumes, and performs six choreographed dances with two backup dancers while a film is projected onto the backdrop of the stage.