What is life really like as a woman in a position of privilege in the 21st century?
When, a few years ago, Canadian author Rupi Kaur posted pictures of herself on Instagram during her period, they were deleted again and again. “Because of objectionable content”. They depicted blood stained trousers or a clasped hot water bottle. Around the world the conflict between Kaur and the platform raised questions about emancipation, the female body and its status in the Western world.
Inspired by this incident and Kaur's Milk and Honey – a volume of poetry that deals with daily life as a woman in an ostensibly emancipated, Western society – Charlotte Sofia Garraway, assistant director at the Volksbühne, uses a variety of texts, images and experiences to collage together an image of life as a woman today. Far away from cliches and yet right in the midst of them, touching on authors and figures and different eras known and unknown, encountering proud feminists and cautious voices from offstage, including those of males and other genders. Because in the end, it's true for all of us: equal is not equal. Despite all our best intentions, we've still got quite a bit of work ahead of us. With body, spirit and menstruation. Perhaps a performance like this one will contribute a little bit to further inspiring this ongoing work.
With: Jorres Risse, Sarah Maria Sander and Malick Bauer
Concept and artistic arrangement: Charlotte S. Garraway
Dramaturgy: Lisa Walder
Dramaturgical advisor: Hannah Schünemann
Costumes: Eleonore Carrière
Stage design: Mayan Tuulia Frank