A series of full-bodied masks made of paper, felt and burlap pose as curled and crumpled facets of a self, at once masking the body and revealing the messiness of its dimensionality. In Performance about a woman, the tension between language and self is made visible as performer Liz Peterson explores the idea of identity. An exploration that is repeatedly interrupted by the question, “What could an audience want from a performance about a woman?”
Performance about a woman proposes that autobiography is tool to collect contexts of making, colonial histories, political frameworks and more in a performance work. From a solo project it has evolved into a site for collaboration between visual artist and filmmaker Oliver Husain, performance-maker Liz Peterson, theatre artist Rose Plotek and composer Matt Smith.
By Liz Peterson. Created in collaboration with Oliver Husain, Rose Plotek and Matt Smith. Performed by Liz Peterson. Poem by Stella Díaz Varín (Los Dones Previsibles), sung by Lido Pimienta with arrangement by Lido Pimienta and Matt Smith. Lighting design by David-Alexandre Chabot. Co-produced by Public Recordings. Photos: Svetla Atanasova.