JANE-ALISON MCKINNEY + GENEVIÈVE SMITH-COURTOIS
There she was
When are we at our most vulnerable? Jane-Alison explores chaotic sides of her personality. At first androgynous and fully embodied, she grows into a monstrous rendering of her femininity. Little by little, she becomes larger than life, completely assuming this version which stands in contrast to her own being. Perched atop her stilettos, she towers over miniature furniture. This is a study of risk-taking and our strategies to manage it: what if staying really meant having to run away from ourselves so as to survive? Here is a response from a woman who has chosen to provide herself with the means to act.
Onstage: Jane-Alison McKinney. Collaborators: Noah Feaver, Emma Kerson, Heidi Strauss.
Two women, two solos. A post-pornographic vision of sexuality. Revisiting the piece she presented for her master’s thesis and of the OFF d’Avignon festival, she asks: how do we shake up our limits without necessarily pushing them? First, a performer constructs and deconstructs feminine imagery using thigh-high boots and upper-body spiral movements. Then, on her back, another continues the search for infinite motion as she revisits pivotal moments in her life. This quest leads to the projection of a most intimate landscape as a camera reveals the artist’s internal movements.
Onstage: Juliette Pottier Plaziat, Geneviève Smith-Courtois. Collaborator: Christophe Brand.