w (h) o – m a n


A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own


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W (h) o – m a n
re-flexion of images and bodies beyond gender

Our PROVOCATION is seeking out an echo.
We want an echo to be debate that instils doubts, cracks certainties, that invites to think over women’s status.
There aren’t equal opportunities, there never have been, they’re not in any world’s country.
Do we find big women’s names in academic arts?
Yes, but how many men’s names?
Are there any woman orchestra leader?
Yes, since when and how many?
On entering in a random bookstore we could find no more then ten names of authoresses, other than feuilleton and cookbook authors.
We are in 2014, aren’t we?
Perhaps there is an inferiority in woman’s nature that prevents her from achieving the same goals as men? Or does women’s status STILL affect her chances of accomplishment?
Is it a matter of statistical probability, of professional obstruction, or of a lack of privileged conditions that allow to develop and to achieve the talent?
Dare, seek, invent, presuppose self-confidence, exigency, patience, opportunity, ambition and boldness. Are these characteristics and values which are taught us since we were children? And what about little girls?
Are they part of our cultural education, implicit in our language and daily behaviours?
Stop being intimidated by the past, by the cultural complex surrounding us, by the traditional image of womanhood that has been instilled into us since infancy, by myths and books one has read, sissy’s games, verbal conditioning, advertising, television and even artistic images, by man-woman relationship, power relations, family trammels to which we are blindly used, by inner conditioning passed on – more or less intentionally – by our fathers, mothers and grannies.
To the question “What is femininity?” we reply “What is humanity?”
Steal the instrument or change the instrument?
Science as much as language and arts carries the mark of masculinity.
Is it therefore necessary to completely drive them back to reinvent, starting from scratch something radically different? Or is it necessary to assimilate those values, seize them, use them for feminist purposes?
Dare and dare again.
Should we suppose that souls have gender?

Our performance originates from these questions using technology as a pro(s)-thesis.
AjaRiot invites you through images, their voices and bodies, to re-flex on the opportunity of being.

– Granny, what’s the difference between a man and a woman?
– Man has got the “Camillo” (willie) and she has the “Passerina”  (little flower).
– What then?
– Nothing.

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A j a R i o t performance

with barbara canova – annachiara sarteur – bonnie boy – gino

direction isadora pei

2014 – 2015