Acte I : Vertical Strike explores the contemporary feminist landscape, in reference to its past, and in regard to its future. The piece uses historical feminist mantras as motifs, as they are embodied and performed in the twentieth century. Its title is given in reference to the inheritance of feminist thought, the hierarchies that render intersectionality necessary, and the work, rest and demands that precede any stride forwards. The word strike, incidentally, refers dually to labour strikes and to violence or gesture.
Vertical Strike follows in the lineage of feminist performance art and dance, involves its history using the voices and words of preceding feminist scholars/activist/artists, and examines and performs the often-embodied intersections of sex, gender, race, class, ability, citizenship, and language.
Produced by Winter Story in the Wild Jungle & Lo Fi Dance Theory
This project was made possible by the generous support of Fondation Sakura and Le Générateur.