project about walking, intersectional feminism, the
change of paradigm and cultural identity
by Independent Little Lies
At the beginning of 2017, ushering in a new year, people from all over the globe gathered in the streets to express their outrage at the toxic political climate of the time. The Women's March, on the 21st of January 2017, was a worldwide protest to
advocate legislations and policies regarding human rights and issues such as women's rights, equality, immigration, universal healthcare, LGTB rights, the natural environment, and equality. The collective decision to walk together, talk to each other, and chant on the day after President Trump's inauguration was a thought provoking collision of past and present.
2016 was marked by Brexit, the rise of right wing parties all over Europe, and the election of a self-confessed harasser of women as the President of the United States. The Women's Marches celebrated love, diversity and acceptance, as people from different walks of life, sexual identities, race and social backgrounds came together to march for a brighter future. They took the streets and used one of the most daily activities to express their distress. It was a forward movement, an expression of hope. Equally it was an inquiry into our common past and the fights that have been fought for the sake of a democratic, egalitarian society. Walking. Such a simple forward movement. Our feet perpetuate a direction, from one place to another, starting somewhere in order to get somewhere else. With determination or without. Meandering, strolling, striding, sauntering, running, stumbling, marching, stepping, skipping, schlepping, crawling. Two years later, we are still marked by the Women's Marches, this collision of eras – which also, by implication, elides the factual and the fictional, even before the addition of a narrated story.
Direction: Jenny Beacraft
Text and Concept: Claire Thill
Performance: Frédérique Colling, Elsa Rauchs, Claire Thill and more
Music: Emre Sevindik
Movement Direction and Assistant Director: Catherine Elsen
Performances: 14th & 15th November 2019
Théâtre municipal de la ville d'Esch
120 Rue de l'Alzette,
more dates to confirm