In many cultures, the earth has been praised as a woman or a womb and worshiped as Mother Earth. At the same time, women’s involvement with the surrounding nature has often been condemned as witchcraft and severely punished. In a format reminiscent of a ritual, Monstra sets the classic against the absurd and the organic against the artificial. In the encounter between these contrasts, many of our cultures’ arbitrary ideas of man’s position in relation to nature and of acceptable female behavior are manifested. Over the course of the performance, the bodies of women and plants gradually become wilder, increasingly unpredictable, stronger and potentially dangerous.
The work is performed by Bárbara Elias, Danielli Mendes, Josefa Pereira, Mariana Costa, and Patrícia Bergantin, all of whom have also contributed to the choreography.
Sensing Nature from within: Monstra
Date: February 8th 2020.
Cost: Free admission.
Tickets: Limited number of seats. First come, first served.