I was sipping a cocktail with one of our sponsors, Erica, and imagining what the Inheritance show might look like if it were about the stories of men. What stories would they tell? How would they want to be seen and heard? How can women engage men in becoming allies and joining a feminist movement?
If women could rewrite their inheritance... If women stopped apologize, stopped playing small, started reclaiming their power, and started insisting on themselves, would it scare men? What would happen if women started saying exactly what they wanted? Would it alienate men? Would there be a greater polarization? Then Erica said something that blew my mind.
"What if that is what men have been waiting for?"
What if men have been waiting for women to be direct with them about what we want? What if they are waiting for women to ask them the tough questions? What if they have been waiting for women to bring their whole selves to their relationships and their work? What if they need us to be free in order for them to be free?
"If you have come here to help me, you are wasting our time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." - Lilla Watson
How can we invite change together, support one another through the change, and LIFT EACH OTHER UP through the change one day at a time?
Inheritance is for men. Here is what some of our cis gender male audience members are saying about Inheritance:
"I saw Sinner Saint Burlesque's Inheritance: Maiden, Mother, Crone show last night. As a phenotype of the patriarchy, I was initially a little concerned about how I would receive the show and be received by those at the show. if I attended. Those concerns soon faded once I arrived. I could tell you how great the performances were. I could even tell you about how several scenes really tugged at my heart strings. But that wouldn't really set the show apart (as it deserves to be) from other great shows I've seen. So instead, I'll just say this: I experienced a feminist shakubuku. It has redefined what femininity means to me."
"I have no words for the power, grace, beauty, emotional heft and mastery of craft that was on display at the premier of Sinner Saint's "Inheritance" show last night. After being privy to the passion behind its creation for almost a year now, it was incredible to see it born into being. If you have any opportunity to see the show this weekend or next Thursday through Sunday, please take it. Thank you to everyone in the troupe for creating such an amazing experience."
"Exhilarating, clarifying, confusing, empowering, and raw. Last nights show is difficult to describe, as each act transitions into a side of a woman's experience in realms of life not overtly seen in stories, movies, or dialogue. Thought-provoking and perception-challenging. If you resolve to seeing only one burlesque show in your life, make it this one."
"I had a real great time last night at the Inheritance: Maiden, Mother, Cronec: show. What I thought was going to be a Gender bashing, militaristic march onto the playing field, turned out to be a quaint jaunt through time and the developments woman have made to establish their rightful place to be anywhere they want to be. It wasn't long before I realized that I wasn't just witnessing this show but rather viewing Feminism through the eyes of these performers and concept artists. Not just one vision either but from the collective view of all involved. The views of what we see and think we know is just a matter of perspective. What makes them healthy is what we choose to feed ourselves for knowledge. Though the message is strongly for women, there is a meaningful message to be had by everyone. Decide for yourself what defines you. Discover what true beauty really is and see yourself through these eyes. Don't walk the mile in the shoes you've been given, go any direction you want to and in any shoes you choose. Just know that at times, its best to go without shoes at all. My hat is off ladies of Sinner Saint Burlesque. Two thumbs up. I recommend to all."
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