Dates and Times
Wed 7 Oct, 2015 at 9pm
Part of Calm Down, Dear 2015
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Presented by Katy Dye
16+. Please note this performance is a work-in-progress
I have been noticing knee socks, bunches, the smoothness of lips, the brightness of eyes, the blushing of cheeks, the lightness of laughter, the vulnerable tremor in a voice. I have been noticing gingham cotton print dresses, Miley Cyrus’s doll-like demeanour, and models blowing bubble-gum with the nonchalant expression of a six-year-old. I have been noticing myself and how I change when I want to be attractive.
What makes me act smaller than I am? What makes me feel like removing my body hair would be a good idea? What makes me want to change?
Baby Face explores stereotypical images of female infantilisation to unpick and understand their complex effects. I am interested in the paradoxical nature of living in a society that condemns pedophilia, yet where the sexualisation of children and women as childlike is so apparent.
How often have you found yourself using the word ‘girl’ rather than ‘woman’ for someone over the age of 18? Why does it feel like value is still quantified by youthfulness and fertility? When will we really be able to say ‘don’t call me baby’? Baby Face talks about difficult ideas that affect women and how we are seen/how we see ourselves.
About the artist
Katy Dye is an artist interested in dehumanization, censorship and freedom of speech. She creates devised performances that get the audience to experience afresh difficult aspects of human nature, and how we can begin to acknowledge and talk about their effects. She’s a recent graduate from the Contemporary Performance Practice course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.