About the Program

Ten, Tiny, Talks

A celebration of Black & Indigenous Trans and Queer art

Crave Theatre is pleased to partner with Ten, Tiny, Talks in 2021 to produce a new festival celebrating Black and Indigenous trans and queer art! Founded and managed by Zeloszelos Marchandt, Ten, Tiny, Talks furthers the revolutionary act and ceremony of trans and queer self love in a season of ten performances for and by Black and Indigenous queer and trans folx. Ten, Tiny, Talks supports trans and queer people sharing their stories, heritage and trans/queercestry.

Zeloszelos MarchandtZeloszelos Marchandt (Founder of Ten, Tiny,Talks) has been called a tapestry of an individual. An interdisciplinary artist, public speaker and journalist (originally from Nashville, TN) based in the NW from a wee age, his writings, vocals, circus theater, drag and visual art have taken him coast to coast and abroad. His repertoire and interests cover a diverse scope that involves strong classical fundamentals with a healthy departure from tradition, in favor of techniques geared towards adaptation. Previous appearances have been with The Portland Opera, Opera Theater Oregon, Caravan Productions, Wanderlust Circus, Sky Circus, Sir Cupcakes Queer Circus, Festival of the French Wood’s Circus and Broadway program, The Umbrella Festival, Boyuerism, Carvan of Glam and many more. He works globally as a voice expression, singing and theater instructor focusing on the transgender, queer, gender expansive and gender non-conforming community.

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Resident Artists will be expected to complete at least one artistic project in the year 2021 which will be shared or presented through Ten, Tiny, Talks. Our curation team will consider all forms of art, from circus, to photography to one act plays, time-based art, painting, sculpture, vogue competitions, and beyond. Resident Artists must be able to, by their own means, travel to or reside in the Portland, Oregon area OR be able to participate remotely if that is a barrier.  Resident Artists will be encouraged to participate in meet and greets and mixers with other artists in the Pacific Northwest (and beyond) to build a strong network of mentorship, opportunity and success. Resident Artists will receive a minimum of a $500.00 honorarium after their piece is completed. 

The Ten, Tiny, Talks residency is intended for Black, Indigenous, Queer and Trans artists. Ten, Tiny, Talks understands that to be Black, Indigenous and gifted is to be in a rage almost all the time and no paper is required as proof of our identities to each other. We acknowledge that gender is a spectrum and the word “transgender” is one that describes an infinite possibility of identities and experiences. This includes agender, fluidity, two-spirit, and intersex worlds on top of the future incarnation of names or words that we may choose to call ourselves, regardless of how someone was assigned at birth. We recognize that comfort in our bodies and our worlds is one of the most important birthrights and that dysphoria is not a necessary qualifier for being Queer or Trans. By applying, the applicant claims Black and/or Indigenous heritage and also identifies as Queer and or Trans.

If you are not Black, Indigenous, Queer or Trans, you can support our mission by promoting what we do and encouraging people that qualify to apply. Another way you can be involved and support Ten, Tiny, Talks is by donating to us through Crave Theater, becoming a community sponsor or volunteering.

Meet the 2021 aRtist

Dahlia Bleu


Mx Dahlia Belle is a writer, comedian and accidental activist living in Portland, Oregon. They have been a regular contributor to The Portland Mercury and guest on NPRs Think Out Loud. She is an Associate Producer for the Portland Queer Comedy Festival and has performed in the NW Black Comedy Festival, All Jane Comedy Festival and HaHa. Harvest Fest.  

D&D Productions

Dahlia Kash and Destiny Smokez (D&D Productions) will be producing the third annual MX Suede. King titles are just as important and big as Queen titles in the Black diaspora. This title is considered a “home title” or city title recognized wherever anyone in the community is aware of the crown. Larger regional and even national competitions take place every year. around the world.

Belinda Rose

Belinda Rose is a performance artist who specializes in dance, object and body manipulation. She has performed in the air and on the ground with A-WOL, Pendulum, and The Circus Project. In 2014, Belinda was a resident artist for the Sky Club Aerial Show and Circus Church. Belinda has been a part of diverse and damn good shows all along the West Coast, and toured with the locally famous duo, GAEA. In 2019, Belinda was commissioned as a dancer and co-choreographer in New Expressive Work’s 6 month performance art residency. She is currently working full time as a freelance circus artist.

Nick Labonte

Nick Labonte creates custom regalia artwork using traditional methods of beadwork, carving, and sewing.  In 2008 Nick moved to the Grand Ronde area where he became involved with Canoe Family and started attending cultural events.  Eventually accepting a position at the Chachalu Museum he built his historical knowledge and discovered his passion for artwork and its connection to his culture.

Nick creates regalia pieces as well as other art forms for his son, so that he can have an awareness of the culture that Nick didn’t have until later in life.  He credits the inspiration for his pieces to his Chinook ancestors and draws inspiration from all areas of his culture.

a.c. Ramiraz De Arellano

Celebrated artist a.c. ramírez de arellaño’s work focuses on gender, and Indigenous issues. They take inspiration from ancestral stories and the experience of living in the Pacific Northwest for almost 30 years. Creating large pieces of art, working with leather, oil on canvass, and mask making, their work tells a story of overcoming barriers, and the impact of colonialism at the intersection of their disabled, Indigenous, and queer communities. Like many Indigenous peoples who push back against erasure and are writing themselves and their Tribal Nations back into history through their art, they utilize art as a form of story telling, to break down barriers and move forward. A recipient of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest 2017 Queer Heroes Award, they have also been interviewed frequently on OPB’s Think Out Loud and Portland’s Race Talks, as well as by PRIDE Northwest, and NPR’s The Takeaway. a.c. ramírez de arellaño has worked artistically with the City of Portland, Beaverton School District, Indian Education, Portland Public Schools, Applegate Native American Head Start, Multnomah Art Center, Multnomah County Library, Southern Oregon University, Portland State University Indigenous Nations Studies Program, Portland Community College, Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), Future Generations Collaborative, as well as having appeared in a number of publications. Currently they are participating in a 2021 artist-in-residency program with Ten Tiny Talks, and their work has been added to Regional Arts & Culture Council’s collection of public art for the City of Portland, Oregon.

Cuream jackson

Over the past 13 years, Cuream has dedicated their body to the performing and circus arts realm. Whether they are tumbling, dancing, spinning, or cheering, they find that they are at their happiest and best self when creating. Their artistic outlook is a byproduct of the different disciplines they studied and people they met along the way. As a former cheerleader, they used acrobatics skills to entertain and make people smile. This supportive community built the foundation needed to thrive in the circus arts. Once they stepped into the circus world 7 years ago, their artistic perspective began to meaningfully evolve into what it is today – and it still grows.

Upon becoming an aerialist and duo partner, their artistic works began taking on new forms. They were no longer within a team setting, and learned the value of what it means to be on the stage; the power they had to tell stories with their body and apparatus alone. This discovery made space for performative numbers that could be fun and campy. It also provided them with a means to produce an act that stirred specific emotions and complex feelings, creating – what they hope – to be a more lasting impact on the audience. It became clear to them that they belonged in this space and would continue to thrive if they made art that was true to them. They are a queer, black artist of color with a story to share.


Marla Darling

Carol Gates is a multi-faceted artist, DJ, and performer. Marla Darling is a vehicle to overcome trauma, invoke healing, and to be a mentor in a community of those who struggle to find identity and purpose within themselves

Marla Darling is Portland’s Punk Rock Tia.

Xinnia Opiyo

Xinnia is a genderfluid, African, drag performer, dancer, and make up artist, originally born in Kenya of the Luo ethnic group. They have experience with many art mediums, but center dance, acting, and non-binary gender performance through their drag persona, Ogre. They explore multiple expressions of gender to create complete drag sets with narratives that are often focused through a lens of queer Afro-indigenous identity. Though currently in the Bay — performing through virtual platforms — the past three years prior to the pandemic they have been featured live in Portland’s variety shows and drag events. They have often performed with D&D productions in Melange: A Queer and POC Variety show, as well as Crown Me, since their debut in the drag scene in 2017

Cloud Stokely

Cloud Stokely is a Black queer hip-hop artist whose influences can be found in the dazzling glam rock and synth of the 80’s as well as the energy and lyricism of 90’s hip hop and R&B. Their major musical influences are varied, ranging from genius rappers – Outkast, Childish Gambino, and Noname, to name a few – to artists with heartbreakingly beautiful voices and eclectic expressions of passion and joy like Solange, Josephine Baker, and Prince.

In addition to music, Cloud has exhibited a passion for art and a performance as a whole. They have danced in some of Portland’s more popular strip clubs, performed drag and burlesque numbers across various Portland and Seattle venues, and generally dabble in anything that is joyously creative.

Kalisto Nanen

Amazing artist (musician, mixed media) who has a degree in music and anthropology. They currently work in the death care field as an embalmer and removal tech. There previous installations involved videos educating the public about death care ceremony. The compose music for the deceased and their families and would like to collaborate on a mixed media exhibit incorporating their past video work. We’ve talked about having a time-based-art exhibit with a new orleans style funeral procession towards the end of the TTT season.

In Partnership

Ten, Tiny, Talks Festival

Ten, Tiny, Talks is a non-traditional artist-in-residency that focuses on the Black, Indigenous, Queer and Trans creative diaspora. How does it work? Each year, ten artists are selected as artists-in-residency both from Oregon and from across the United States. These artists will complete commissions which will be presented during the Ten, Tiny, Talks festival based in Portland, Oregon.

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Applications are now closed for 2021. Applications will open up again no later than February 1, 2022. for questions about the application or to learn how to prepare for an application int the future please email tentinytalks@gmail.com 

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