How can performance prevent rape?

On-stage performance can help us reimagine what we take for granted. This blog looks at how performance can explore different ways to be a woman or a man, and negotiate relationships that are flexible, fun, and freeing.

I suggest that performance can be used as a tool in rape prevention. I look at how performative methods of rape prevention may build upon and develop other forms of social education that work to end rape, creating possibilites for different ways to engage in intimate relationships.

This blog is a personal, theoretical, and performative exploration of how performance can be used in rape prevention.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Chat room at Feast Backstage Tour

Sister Ikea, Cat, Daniel and I got snuggly on friday night.

Although Chat Room was supposed to be ME in a bed with one other person - people keep joining us!

So the beautiful people who come and join my in my bed for Chat Room on its Spreading the Love tour with the Feast Festival are showing me that LOVE wants to be shared more generously....

Sister Ikea, Daniel, Cat and I had a beautiful reflection on love at the Feast backstage tour (preview of the Feast hub - big party tomorrow!). After this, I jumped out my bed and went to find Gabrielle Griffith who wanted to come in (but couldn't fit - where are you Gabrielle?). The clouds were so full! So pink and gorgeous! But noone noticed. Everyone was too entrenched in their drinks to notice. But I felt full of their beauty, I was so blissed out on love.

There was one other person, standing like an idiot in the middle of the square, gazing up at those delicious clouds. Cat! She had just left my bed, and she too, was drenched in LOVE.

'LOOK AT THE CLOUDS!' she cooed.

'I know. Amazing huh?'

This spreading of love is actually filling me with love.

Thank you.

Chat room at Feast Festival Opening Night Party!

While 3,000 people doofed around us, we stayed in bed

Here are Megan, Cary and I (see the close-ups of Megan and Cary on telly?) doing some radical relaxation at the Feast Festival Opening party.

Bands and DJ's and drag kings and queens, party-people and ravers all around us. We are the calm in the storm. We are safe and snug in bed.

We are taking a moment to reflect on LOVE.

Wait till you see what Megan and Cary offer us on LOVE!! These grrrls have created their own language of love (Elizabeth Barrett Browning, eat your heart out!). In fact, they don't even call it LOVE, it's something quite different that they speak of....

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Feast Festival about to launch!

This year the Feast Festival is being bold!

With circus tents all over Light square, Adelaide from Sat 13-Sun 28 November.

See me talk about Feast's cycling community arts exhibition, Easyriding, and Kerry Ireland, (the sexy chick squeezing my horn above) and Creative Producer of the Feast Festival.

Come to the square and break outta your box.

Feast celebrates diverse sexualities and genders and just being fabulous.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Ever been out and about and then realise - you should actually be IN BED??

Jump into bed with the very first Chat Room on its Feast Festival Spreading the Love tour! (see a video foer the show here)

Victoria square (near the tram)
4:30-5-30pm Friday 12th Nov
Free. All welcome.

I will bring my bed into some of Adelaide’s busy public spaces and invite strangers to join me. We will eat cupcakes and get crumbs in the bed. We will take a moment to relax, and let the buzz pass us by.

I want to know WHAT IS LOVE?

How do you love? What do you do when love gets hard?

Tell me your opinion. Cos really, I have no idea.....

Monday, November 1, 2010

LOVE with John and Yoko

My performance of Chat Room will draw on this tradition of LOVE in BED performances

Love is real, real is love
Love is feeling, feeling love
Love is wanting to be loved
Love is touch, touch is love
Love is reaching, reaching love
Love is asking to be loved
Love is you
You and me
Love is knowing
We can be
Love is free, free is love
Love is living, living love
Love is needing to be loved