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Varjack-Lowry - I, Melania

Take Up Space: Varjack-Lowry: I, Melania

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I, Melania is Paula and Chuck’s first project as Varjack-Lowry. Using Melania Trump as an avatar of an ‘acceptably’ foreign woman, they will work together and with participants to create video and performance exploring their relationship to being “foreign”.

What are the ways a foreign woman can assimilate and make herself more welcome?

How is this open to some foreigners and not others?

When does the question of “Where are you from?” feel like an attack, or an invitation?

Despite her public role, Melania Trump has kept most of her views private. With so little to go on, the press often projects possible narratives within the subtext of what she says (and wears). Exploring the journey of Melania Trump from her home country and into the public sphere, Varjack-Lowry will compare her narrative to theirs, to learn how and if they can be acceptably foreign and female.

Please note that this performance is a work in progress sharing.

Paula and Chuck would like to work with an intergenerational group including:

Four young women aged 16-19
Four women age 55+

All participants need to have a relationship to being “foreign" but this is self-defined and up to each individuals interpretation. For example, it could be that others see you as foreign even though you don't consider yourself to be, or that you identify as foreign even though others rarely see you that way. Participants need to bring clothes they are comfortable moving in, and a set of clothes they would wear to a formal event. They will also wear wigs that Chuck and Paula will supply. They may be filmed or recorded during this session as material that could be part of the performance

Participants will be needed on 26 or 27 February for a workshop, and for the performance on 5 March.

Performance experience not necessary.

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Mill Bay,
CT20 1BN

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