It is said that the female body reaches a sexual peak in the mid-40s. So what happens when three dance artists and womxn aged 48-57 examine both what they have experienced and what they have been told about sexuality?
XwomXnseX starts from a series of solos, independent and occasionally fused, based on experiences – personal, collective and shared. The stories include both being queer, hormonal changes, not interested in sex and discovering new sexuality. Various stories about both personal and social traumas and desires based on one’s own sexuality.
Premiere: January 28, at the Norther Lights Festival
EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD IS ABOUT SEX EXCEPT SEX. SEX IS ABOUT POWER.
The performers use the term kvinnxr, which is translated from the English term womxn, to highlight the inclusion of trans and nonbinary people in their narrative, and to avoid precisely the stereotypical representation of gender and sexuality in the language that they examine in the project. The performance is a further development and new premiere of the production that was shown at Vårscenefest in 2023. Later in 2024, it will also be possible to experience the sauna version.
Performed and created by: Liv Hanne Haugen, Meagan O’Shea, Anne Katrine Haugen. Margunn Kilde was involved in the first edition of the project. Her input is an important inspiration for further work.
Music: Nasra Omar
Light: Øystein Heitmann
Dramaturgical guidance: Melanie Fieldseth
Artistic guidance: Margret Vilhjalmsdottir, Kristina Junttila
Costumes: Rune Hennum Nilssen
Production: Haugen Produksjoner
Supported by: Norwegian Arts Council, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere, Fritt Ord, Tromsø Kommune, Davvi-Senter for Scenekunst and Tromsø Kulturskole
Thanks to: K.J. Holmes og Caroline Grønbekk for contribution in the process.
Photo: Jamie Bivard and Margunn Kilde