my gentle wild squirts
my gentle wild squirts is a piece in which inhabits spaces between dance, theatre, poetry and performance. Inspired by the ideals of Radical Softness, Helena investigates her own tender tendencies by singing and growling, offering an emotional feast which spills into a transformative and raw performance.
Radical Softness is a term coined by Lora Mathis as a response to the control exerted by patriarchy on shaming things that are excessively sensitive, emotional or related to care and femininity. It is about giving power and space for emotions to be shared openly and unapologetically. In this piece drama queens, cry babies and too muchness are celebrated.
The audience is invited into Helena's gentle and strident garden. A mouth-watering place where shiny pathways lead to a golden fountain. This splashing object sets the starting and ending point of everything and is a special receptacle for Helena offering her spits and other body fluids.
Different types of screams, laments, moans and whispers appear and the mouth becomes a vibrant channel where catharsis happens and wetness is delivered. This performance dares to bring out the full potential of the feminine voice and it reveals its vulnerability and sensitivity, striving to transcend the muting stamps imposed by society.
Helena asks for her Goddess support and a little bit of kinkiness, Goddess of it all becomes a very dominant figure. All is an attempt to challenge any considered norm of beauty, femininity and harmony and it results in a very visceral exchange with the space, Goddess and everyone around, a gummy reverberation until we touch.
Performance and choreography: Helena Araújo
Special Participation: Lotta Love/Sophia Rodriguez/Karina Villafan
Kristina Chmelikova/Mzamo Nondlwana
Sound Designer and producer: Marnix von Edge
Dramaturg: Ana Rocha
Artistic coach: Lisa Reinheimer
Lights: Wout Hoste
was co-produced by MakershuisTilburg
Special thanks to Michiel Vandevelde, Anneke van der Linden, Robson Ledesma, Luiza Cascon, Evangelos Biskas, Eleni Ploumi, Elysia McMullen and Nick van der Heyden