Performance: 2 hours at Festival de théâtre de rue de Lachine, Montreal, 2013
Twelve females wear red mouthpieces and white bath towels, standing in a row and facing the same direction. They repeat three still gestures: standing, kneeing, and lying on the floor. The performers hold each gesture for five minutes and then move to another gesture.
The gestures in the performance are inspired by gargoyle, a legendary stone-carved grotesque with a spout that normally is designed to convey water from a roof. Mouth serves as the opening for food intake and in the articulation of sound and speech. However, when performers wear the mouthpieces, or when women’s mouth is forced to open, the mouth loses its function. In fact, it silences and disables the women because they are unable to talk when their mouths are widely pulled open. This performance explores another side of the unseen and unspoken—the vulnerability, struggle, shame, and suffering that we are uneasy to share and expose.
performed by Wing Sze Tsang-Hy ,Lili Monette-Crépô ,Bailey Eng ,Ekaterina Kukharchuk ,Alexandra Côté,Olivia. Faye Lathuilliere, Claire Métayer ,Simone Pitot , WhiteFeather Christie Hunter , Erin Gee, Brittney Gering, Zed Bee, Marie-Chantale Desrosiers, Dayna Danger, Beth Frey, Elise Timm-Bottos
Photo Credit: Dayna Danger