A SOLO PERFORMANCE
Leash reveals the relationship between four images from our cultural imaginary:
#1: ‘the girl’ as sweet, innocent, virginal, and delicate.
#2: ‘the teenaged girl’ as wild, dangerous, and oversexed
#3: ‘nature’ as fragile, threatened, and endangered.
#4: ‘nature’ as unpredictable, untamed, merciless.
Bringing these four images uncomfortably close, crossing (and double-crossing) one with the other, I invite the spectator to reconsider contemporary notions of female adolescence. Leash explores the "fertile territory" between feral and fragile femininity through vocalized text, electronic and found sound, and stylized movement.
Leash was performed at Iron Gate Studios in Austin, Texas in 2005. A slightly revised version of the script was published in the July 2015 issue of the academic journal Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory.
image credit: Christina Gomez-Mira