Wednesday’s show has been cancelled due to an injury. The show will continue on Thursday.
Final Girl faces the audience, sitting, smiling cutely. Pink Girl enters, sits directly across from Final Girl. Final Girl starts fake crying or real crying very loudly, she strips, exposing her breasts. She retreats upstage and cowers, leaving a trail of blood, maybe.
The performance takes off in expressions from Vaudevillian slapstick, drag and 1970’s horror movies. By recreating and exploring scenes from this genre the performers’ bodies become female bodies and the audience’s gaze becomes the male gaze. I’m a very understanding woman is a violent love story where everyone is given the opportunity to become and be women, for life, or only for a while.
“I’m a very understanding woman” is a mix of dance expression, comedy, satire and generosity strengthened by loads of fake blood, makeup, wigs and costumes. The work portrays the performers’ dream of a better world, a world seen through emotional, authentic, sometimes satirical, queer trans-utopian feminist glasses. In the glossy and dissolute, there is an undercurrent of suffering, secret knowledge, understanding and misunderstanding.
In the piece Sigourney and Apetrea develop strategies that integrate feminist values, nightclub aesthetics and anti-patriarchal ideas in contemporary dance. Through friction, resistance and struggle they create a performance that confuses and complicates our ideas about what it means being a woman, in dance, in drag and in the world.
[Photos by Marta Thisner]