The Gentle Art of Punishment
@ZH Festival, Montreal(2017)
@Camden Peoples Theatre, Calm Down Dear -London(2018)
@Centaur Theatre, Wildside Festival -Montreal(2019)
The Gentle Art of Punishment explores internal and external discipline as pleasure, the mechanics of emotional and feminized labour, the obsessive pursuit of ideals (including both idols and ideas), and the complicated relationship between feminism, violence and care. The piece also considers discipline and its relationship to trauma: an adolescence of abuse forces a character’s choice of submitting to unfair rules, or resisting through violence. We are interested in the ways in which people, and particularly women, form a coherent sense of self and futurity by engaging creatively with the brutal sides of themselves.
We speak, move and reference a diverse range of theories – such as trauma theory, queer theory, and political theory, but stray beyond the traditional academic understanding of those ideas. Instead, audiences are invited to feel theory rather than think through it. The eclecticism and abstraction in the choreography of the work allows people to project their own sense of this theory, and to further construct complex relationships between the three performers.
Darah Miah and Joseph Browne