First performed: November 1994, University of Winnipeg Students Association, Winnipeg, Manitoba

An off-the-shoulder night dress may be the expression when it comes to advanced, “proper” woman. Nevertheless, into the slim Skin of Normal formal wear is developed away from Saran Wrap, pierced with outward pointing, 4″ roofing finger finger finger nails. The costume sources that tome of enforced femininity, “The Total Woman”, which recommended females for the seventies that to help keep their wedding alive, they should greet their husbands, showing up house from a difficult days work, in the home, putting on just cling place. The long nails rupture both this idea in addition to area regarding the apparel, and motivate the performance text that angrily and ironically confronts the absurdity of sex part definitions.

“2000 several years of patriarchy have actuallyn’t dampened my feeling of design. Once I have dressed up in the early morning, I’m doing a lot more than covering only a little initial sin. ”

The Dress: cling wrap, roofing finger finger nails, packing tape, zipper

Duration: ten minutes

First done: October 1993, Western End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Growing Up Suites

Growing Up rooms we and II explore the body that is lesbian a website of both pleasure and distinction. Lesbianism, defined by wish to have other ladies, produces the label “homosexual”. In the time that is same anxiety about alleged social deviance is played down on queer people in many different slight and not-so-subtle methods, from isolation to censorship to physical physical violence.

Clad in mid-century underwear similar to architecture just as much as erotica, Dempsey recounts the secrets, discomforts and delights based in the taboo subject of youth sex. These tales tell stories of growing up lesbian: the attraction of sleepovers; the frisson of “unmentionables” within the Eaton’s catalogue; the world that is uncertain many years five to fifteen, marked by equal components wonder and confusion.

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