XX are the chromosomes that identify women. And our Project includes three performance art actions that can be performed individually or as a whole as long as it includes a Forum Theatre segment to engage in dialogue between the three actions. Technically, artistically and thematically the three actions are radically different. The play is about a current social issue, the role of women in a patriarchal society, therefore it is devised to be performed in the street in front of any kind of audience. In fact, the performances we have done so far reassure us on the reflective power this show has on the audience, be it kids, teenagers, adults or elderly people. Each one of the interventions are carried out in an innocent and naive way that end in tragedy. However, we must bear in mind that this is not a trivial play, nor does it seek to find a universal consensus among the audience.
When the verb turns into action.
For too long compliments have been overlooked as a direct violation of somebody’s personal space, no matter how much they try to disguise it as social recognition. Nowadays, it is still common for women to suffer this type of aggression in various moments of their daily life: at work, in private spaces,…but on the street and by strangers is where they are the most exposed. In Floretes we reflect on the different levels of compliments, how a supposedly harmless word can become an aggression against a woman.
Voluntary or submissive?
In this piece we work using the concept of “Trophy wife”
Currently there are still many women who, due to the education we receive, need to depend on people with “power” to feel complete. In the patriarchal society in which we live when we talk about somebody with power, we talk about a man. There are still many women who decide to give up, consciously or not, their individuality and their life to serve as a gift for somebody else. They become a trophy, a present, an object,… depersonalizing themselves to become the perfect complement for the successful man: a pretty woman to show off everywhere, that will never contradict him, and will never make him look bad in front of others. Do these women know what they’re giving in to?
This action is born from the frustration of many women of today who live enslaved by the trends set by fashion. Advertising models follow strict physical standards to be part of the fashion industry. Either you play the game or you can’t get dressed. In the end, it is just a way to encourage consumerism. Small breasts, large breasts, thin, curvy, athletic, plus size… and we still try to adapt to the standards established by the consumer society of fashion, instead of fashion adapting to us. We are doomed.
Autor: Paula Escamilla y Vicent Martí i Xar.
Actress: Paula Escamilla
Pupum: Oscar Luna
Costume design and tailoring: Loletesdebú
Set design: Loletesdebú
Set construction: Lolín Calduch, Pasqual Arrufat, Joan Ninot “El Xufa” y Manuel Ortí “Rabassa”
Photographs and videos of the web page: Josep Gil, Jorge Lizana Ruiz, Antonio Pradas, Gerardo Sanz y MVVG.
Music of the teasers and video: Samu Parejo.
Image Director (logo design, posters, brochures and web page): Josep Gil
PR: Sixte Barberá
Administration: Isabel Molés
Management: Flor Vaugeois
Assistant director: Oscar Luna
Director: Leandre Ll. Escamilla
You can put it on as three separate actions in three different moments or together as a Forum Theatre play with at least 15 minutes of debate between the actions to allow the costume and set changes.
Floretes: +/- 17 minutes
Florera: +/- 20 minutes
Flowerless: +/- 23 minutes
All three actions together as a Forum Theatre play: 1h 50’
In a square, an outdoor public space, a multipurpose room, in theatres where the stage is lower down than the stands…
It is not intended for it. But it could be adapted using the Forum Theatre option.
In the street:
With daylight, none. At night, it depends on whether the space is sufficiently lit or not.
In multipurpose rooms:
In the Theatre Forum option:
Sound equipment and microphones for the debate between the members of the audience.
An open-plan, traffic-free space, with enough room for the play and the audience. And a place to change, with a shower.
The play adapts to the available space. Contact us if you have any doubts.
Of course. Minors are usually accompanied by a responsible adult, who can decide if he wants the minor to become aware of these issues or not. In fact it can help them talk about current social problems.
Up until now it has been performed for high school students with a spectacular reaction, not only because of the ovation received, but also because of the comments of the teachers and even of the parents who, without even being there, congratulated us for the play, because their children brought up a conversation topic at home that made them all stop and think about “micro-machismo”
Performance art techniques, with no literary text, that make the character evolve.
Floretes: Syllabic poetry. Only six words are used.
Florera: Onomatopeic poetry. Object manipulation.
Flowerless: Clown technique with onomatopoeias.
© Escandall Teatral. 2019