ATRIUM negotiates the imposition of social gender on a young female body, and is a work of auto-biographical nature. Over the course of the passage from birth to adulthood, the performer’s body, as well as her perception of it, are constantly changing.
The staging of this dance work requires the active participation of the audience, who, guided by the performer’s instructions, are creating a unique soundscape and thus complementing the whole experience of the creative act. Through this play of concerted actions and reactions (for example, whenever the performer laughs, the audience is invited to applaud), the viewers’ attention is creatively engaged and the interpretation of the dance piece is collectively co-created.
ATRIUM focuses on the importance of personal expression beyond prejudices linked to the prevailing beliefs about gender. As it leads the audience to successive emotional shifts, through the childishness, sense of humor and spontaneity that permeate the work, it openly and honestly reveals how society continues to treat women’s bodies.