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Sheherazade
performance

2003

The outcome of a 2 weeks workshop hosted by CPR ( centre for performance research).
The objective of Gomez-Pena’s workshop, in which this piece was created, was “to develop new models of relationship between artist and community; mentor and apprentice, which are neither colonial nor condescending, establish a temporary utopian space for aesthetic freedom and cross-cultural dialogue and to seek a new aesthetic that truly reflects the spirit and tribulations of our times.

Sheherazade is part 1001 night fantasy woman part 70’s rock chick sometimes veiled and tantalising sometimes unveiled and lost in the sounds she produces. A uniball on a chain attached to my pelvis ( also used in my next project VINST) is used as a metronome swinging left to right and back and forth and as an extension of my anatomy that I am offering/denying the audience.

“There is the dancing woman of western ‘Orientalist’ fantasy, in pink tulle, beaded headdress, mouth covered by veil, electric keyboard slung across her hips on a spirally telephone lead “
Rebecca Nesvet

for Club Raw, 2 performances directed by Guillermo Gomez Pena
Castle Theatre - July 2003 - Aberystwyth, Wales

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