My Big Sister Taught Me This Lap Dance
***** "Brave, clever, provocative – by an artist to cherish." The Herald
PHOTO CREDIT: MANUEL VASON
"Intense, courageous and disarming." Andrew and Caitlin Webb-Ellis, Month of Performance Art- Berlin
First presented at Arches live in 2012, it has also toured to Calm Down Dear Feminism Festival in London, Month of Performance Art - Berlin, Circuit Festival in Leicester, Steakhouse Live London, Beyond Bloodlines at the Cockpit, Keine Diziplin at Gessneralle in Zurich. In 2017 it was part of the International Showcase at Inbetween Time festival, Bristol. In 2018 it will tour to various venues in Germany. More info coming soon...
Open your legs. Put your hands by your side. No touching.
Inside a small red lit booth Cade performs the lap dance their older sister used to perform professionally. The intimate exchange between performer and audience member sets up a complex web of contradictory visual axes.
Through the repetition of the dance, the manipulation of our gaze, and the use of interview excerpts, a unique feminist dialogue between two siblings is revealed.
First performed in Glasgow in 2012, Rosana revisited the work in 2016 to create a version that reflects on the 3 year journey Rosana and their sister went on to make and tour a theatre show together called ‘Sister’, exploring sexual identity, feminism and choice.
"This 1-on-1 performance was first created in 2012, at the beginning of a process working with my older sister to explore our familial relationships and the differences in how each of us embodies sexuality, femininity, and feminism.
Following this, from 2012-2015 we collaborated to create and tour a theatre show together called 'Sister', which began with both of us performing the lap dance side by side on stage, dressed identically in wigs, heels and leather underwear. We performed 'Sister' for the last time in October 2015.
Having danced next to my sister over fifty times, the return to this solo performance is an opportunity to chart the journey our bodies have taken together, understand how differently the process of making a show has affected us, and re-discover our relationships at this point."