Community-based artists Rachel Sullivan and Maggie Keenan-Bolger, are
creating a multi-media performance about the topic of female sexuality.
The performance will feature a diverse cast and will be accompanied by a
pre/post show visual art exhibit on female sexuailty that includes the
works of more than 10 artists from around the country.
This event aims to provide an accessible, humorous, and poignant look
at gender, sexuality and those who shape it...and most importantly, we
hope it sparks some conversations!
WHY: There is an assault on female sexuality in our country. In a move of regression back to the 1950's, certain leaders and people in power are attempting to take control of female bodies, emotions and rights. Women's voices are being stifled and ignored in this fight, our experiences invalidated and opinions pushed aside. Furthermore, our culture and media are obsessed with discussing and displaying sex and sexuality but we have not created a space and language for honest, genuine conversations to take place. Our group wants to start having those conversations and make room for that essential dialogue!
Maggie and Rachel are working in collaboration with a diverse cast of 25 people from the greater New York City area to create a performance piece. There are also 10 + artists and curators who are coming together to make the pre/post show visual art gallery. And most importantly there is YOU! Our audience, our support, our conversations starters! Thanks for coming on board and joining our community.
HOW: This can be possible with your support! The Birds and the Bees needs YOU to become a reality!
Risks and challenges
RISK: We're creating a space for women and people assigned female at birth in the creation of the play. But what about the guys?! Isn't gender just a construct anyways?!
SOLUTION: We're hoping to examine all of these issues within the group. Why do we need these kinds of spaces? When do they become problematic? How can we open our space to be inclusive of people of all genders? There are some awesome guys out there working for women's lib, how can we include them in the process? What does the word "female" mean anyway?
RISK: Twenty five people is a big group, but there's no way you have representation from ALL types of women and people assigned female at birth.
No matter how many people we survey, no matter how many women we talk to, there will ALWAYS be voices missing from the conversation. The show that we’re producing is not representative of ALL women, nor is it inclusive of everyone who was assigned female at birth. However, we hope that our (albeit limited) conversation can provide the spark to get those voice included in the conversation as well.
That said, we hope to include as many ideas, perspectives and opinions in the show as possible. We are doing a few things to help bring as many voices in to the process as we can. Our survey on female sexuality has been sent worldwide and received 2,000 responses! And keep an eye out for our call for interviewee's with interesting perspectives on sexuality during our devising process. Finally, if you have a story or something important to say, please feel free to let us know!
RISK: You don't have a script! How do you expect to make a show?
SOLUTION: Rachel and Maggie work primarily with a process called 'devising' which means that the text, blocking and design of the play is inspired by the ideas, thoughts, and stories of the people in the group. In our process we collected lots of research on female sexuality, put out a survey and analyzed the results, brainstormed ideas, and had intense conversations with our ensemble. Now in January and February we will start to narrow down the content and begin to create scenes off of images, quotes, movements and more. During each rehearsal we will refine and change each scene until we finally have a solid script in March. And after we share the show with you, we will probably continue to make changes and tweaks to allow the piece to expand and evolve.
RISK: Putting up a play in New York is expensive! You’re working with 20 artists! How do you expect to make it possible?
SOLUTION: Wow, it's like you read our mind! Thank you for asking! That's exactly why we're doing this Kickstarter Campaign. Everyone working with us has volunteered their time and so much of what we do is based on the donations of incredible people such as yourself. The costs of performance spaces, props, costumes, and the set pieces add up to quite a bit, and while we're thrifty ladies, we can't afford it on our own. Anything you can give would be hugely appreciated. The greatest solution to this whole process?? YOU!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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