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Golden Corpse, the resident theater company of Les Girls was founded by Kata Pierce Morgan in 2002 and is best known for its innovative blend of old-time burlesque and unique stage performances featuring the spectral presence of vaudeville ghosts. Witnessing a Golden Corpse show offers a complex and immersive experience, transporting audiences to a bygone era while uncovering real-life memories, enduring legacy, hidden truths, and the rich narrative of the human experience. 

Golden Corpse


Kata Pierce Morgan (Director/Script Writer) is an award-winning poet, who began dancing at the age of 6 at the Wetzler School of Dance in Waukegan. Catholic-school educated, she spent as much time as she could with her Italian grandmother, who at 16, was quickly hired for the vaudeville stage. Her immigrant parents from Capo Basso nipped those dreams in the bud, yet the genetic disposition to dance the illicit dance was passed on to Kata. A UCLA graduate, Kata majored in Art History, did graduate work in special education and psychology, and later presented research on subcultural lifestyles at various medical conventions. Her writing landed in the Kinsey Institute and other unusual places around the world. Her dance poetry has been published in prestigious literary press throughout the US. For the last 20 years, she has expanded her artistic horizons through Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater. Through Isaacs, her SDDT Trolley Dances photography appeared in Dance Magazine. In 2012, Kata enjoyed dancing with SDDT’s Intergenerational Project The Door Is Open for which Artist Kira Corser received a Creative Catalyst Grant. She has also worked with Butoh Master Diego Pinon, as his 2002-2005 manager in the US, Canada and Mexico. In her La Femme Tragique, Heaven or Hell, and ARTBurlesque series, she has un-layered her paradoxical qualities through its characters, often aspects of her rebelliously, reverent personality and spirit.  


Why Golden Corpse?

According to Kata Pierce Morgan, she was reading a poem and in one of the lines it described a pear as a golden corpse. That image really stuck with her and so she decided that would be the perfect name for her company. 

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