Stadsteaterns Kafé Klarascén, Kulturhuset
”Those who have suffered understand suffering and thereby extend their hand, the storm which brings harm also makes the grass grow fertile”– Patti Smith
”Sometimes all reflective human beings struggle with feelings of emptiness and everything being meaningless. Does the realization of deep oppression and all the darkness in the world require suicide? No, it requires revolt!”- Quote from the play
Those of us who have been raped are called many things. We are told that our lives are ruined. That we must cry ourselves to sleep every night. That we have been through something that is ”worse than death”. But Hello! A guy raped me 3,5 years ago and I am still here. I survived. It was something terrible, but I refuse to be passive and victimized for the rest of my life. I don’t call myself a rape victim. I call myself a rape survivor. I survived and in many ways I am stronger now than ever before.
I am a rape survivor, but that is only one of my many identities and but one of many themes for this spoken word-musical. ”In burning – in bashing back – in blooming” is about going through a crisis (not just rape specifically) and losing control, but also about how you can grow and strengthen, find agency and learn from these situations. Through yourself, through support, through solidarity, through SCREAMING, through activism. It’s about queerfeminist activism – the twosome-norm, femme-fighting, the liberation of screaming your lungs out, the radical possibilities of pleasure, drag, explosions, silence, cats, black swans, lookism, alternatives to suicide and bashing back against hate crime. Featuring the dick of patriarchy and the head of capitalism, and giving head to patriarchy and capitalism.
Riot Grrrl meets spoken word meets queer performance art meets dark musical. Valerie Solanas meets Judith Butler and Diamanda Galas meets Kathleen Hanna. The results are intense , cathartic and unapologetically political. Femme fucks back. Femme fights back. Femme bashes back. Kitty’s got claws and sharp teeth and is not afraid to use them. Featuring music by Bikini Kill, PJ Harvey, Le Tigre, Hole, Christina Aguilera, TLC, Nina Simone, Diamanda Galas, L7 and CocoRosie.
* trigger warning since the play features the reenactment of a sexual assault.
Written and performed by Alexander Alvina Chamberland
Angelica Negin Rad from Malmö’s Theatre Academy is co-director.
The following is a clip from the production:
The premiere is showing at Stockholm Pride, for more information: www.stockholmpride.org
Clip from the production:
The show is so far booked at the following venues:
(28 july - Sneak-peek of one scene in Copenhagen, DK)
2 august - Stadsteaterns Kafé Klarascén, Kulturhuset, Stockholm
18 august - Queertopiafestivalen, Norberg
8 september - Inkonst, Malmö
14 september - Bangatan, Lund
For more bookings and information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Alexander Alvina Chamberland
Alexander Alvina Chamberland is 24 years old and lives in Malmö, but is born and raised in San Francisco, California. Alexander has a background as spokesperson for The Young Greens of Sweden 2005-2008, but left parliamentary politics to become an anarchist and queerfeminist leftist-activist, performance artist and writer. They completed their bachelors degree in gender studies at Lunds University in the spring of 2011.
Alexander is co-founder of The Queertopia Festival and has had article’s publicized in many of Sweden’s largets newspapers (DN, Aftonbladet, Svenska Dagbladet, Göteborgs Posten and Sydsvenska Dagbladet etc) and has taken part in tv- and radio-programs like Lantz i P1, Ligga med P3, Studio Ett, Generation Z, SVT Debatt, Aktuellt och SVT:s morning program, where they once arrived dressed as a Black Swan. They have performed poetry and art-pieces in Berlin, Malmö, Toronto, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Amsterdam.