Nikola Tease-la gives you a backstage pass. Hear about what inspired her Sex Ed act for the Inheritance: Maiden, Mother, Crone show developed in association with Theatre Off Jackson.
It was early 2014. We huddled around a living room sipping tea, on a dark and drizzly Seattle winter day. The piloted Maiden, Mother and Crone shows were a huge success. We wanted more. We wanted to curate a single, compound production. One of the first questions we asked ourselves that day was "WHY ARE WE PUTTING ON THIS SHOW?" Here is what we initially wrote...
To explore the maiden, mother and crone archetypes in ways that allow us to celebrate what is healthy and beautiful, to challenge or reject that which is toxic, and to connect to the wholeness of women’s lived experiences.
To make an impact on the mind/body
To create momentum
To make the fractured depictions of women’s lives whole
To pass on an inheritance
To start a dialogue
To draw parallels between past, present and future
To create a summoning
We sat around, in our Sunday lounge-wear, at Jesse Belle-Jones' home. This is where we created our first vision board for the Inheritance production this October. Each of us journaled about what this show meant to us, why we wanted to put on this show, what was unique and special about it, and what this work of art represented to us. Here are two highlights from that conversation:
"This show is my...responsibility; choice; way of seeing and being seen; my way of creating the change I want to see in the world by being that change; sexual and spiritual revolution; space to rebel, feel power, celebrate, make art, have community dialogue; opportunity to be a role model for other women who will experience empowerment simply by watching me enact and create my own liberation."
"This show represents the prototype and creation of a world where feminism is the (default, norm, standard, accustomed, conventional, endorsed, time-honored, universal, unopposed, preferred, customary, established, etc.) way of being. This show is our will and testament for the world describing what we hope it will inherit from us. It is a collection of modern folklore engaging the audiences and communities in the most important dialogue of the century. It is the transformation from what we inherited at birth to what we want future women to inherit."
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