Do you remember how you used to think about yourself? Through recordings of the past, a woman maps her journey of defining herself, and how she felt along the way.
In this deeply autobiographical work, Bridget Lappin unpacks her personal history with growing up and mental health, discovering and developing her sense of self-worth and acknowledging that now, she might actually be doing ok.
Bridget Lappin is a dance artist based in London, UK. Originally from the east coast of Canada, she has worked with companies such as Bern Ballett (CH) under the direction of Cathy Marston, Humanah Productions (UK/SE), and Peut-Être Theatre (UK). She has presented her solo choreographic work in several international platforms including Resolution (UK), Kinetic Studio (CA) and Tanz Made in Bern (CH).
"Lappin is clearly drawn to paradoxes and she moves between them with her natural gifts of sensuality and strength."
Choreography, Text and Performance: Bridget Lappin
‘We are simultaneously living as we are dying'
Five performers challenge the themes of life’s perpetual aporia within human nature. Exploring the paradoxical relationship of peace and conflict with the events of Love, Battle and Death.
Thomas Page Dances is a contemporary dance company based in Oxford and London working with socio-political ideas in movement. Working as FreeSpace Artists of Studio Wayne McGregor, the company have been developing both their choreographic and unique movement language of articulate, contemporary dance influenced by grunge and vogue styles. Using this movement language, the company seek to create a visceral connection with their audience.
“The Dancing Was Beautiful”
- TPD Audience Member
“Wow! A stunning and captivating performance.”
- TPD Audience Member
We would like to thank both Studio Wayne McGregor and Oxford Playhouse for their generous support of space in the creation of this work.
Costume Design: Rosie Whiting,
Music in collaboration with Max Winter
Set design: Jessica Wood
Lighting design: Joel Levine
A celebration of female and non-binary sexuality. A rejection of the male gaze. An exploration into the complex relationships we have with sex and ourselves.
Hannah Wilke, famously said, ‘The pride, power and pleasure of one’s own sexual being threatens cultural achievement, unless it can be made into a commodity that has economic and social utility’.
Interestingly, the starting research for this piece, revealed common notions of shame and humiliation among women when talking about sex. Viva La Vulva aims to reclaim the pride, power and pleasure Wilke speaks of and overcome these notions of shame. Drawing from methods created by visual artists, performers use malleable objects to explore, exploit and take ownership of their own sexual experiences and histories on stage.
Special thanks to Sara Maurizi, Joséphine Auffray and Jack Luttman.
Venue: at The Place