title. Lies My Parents Told Me

company. The Artifact Dance Company

role. Choreographer and Performer

location. Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee

date. 2017

The current state of global affairs make today an opportune time to consider that the world is not what we thought it was when we were young. One of the issues with our distorted view of the world, lies in the stories that our parents told us; the advice they gave. Some of these words now ring sourly false. 

"Lies My Parents Told Me" is a piece of dance theatre tied to working class ideologies of gender, and how they can have an adverse affect on the futures of young women. The work uses a variety of Hip Hop and contemporary movement vocabularies, which were performed to live spoken word. This spoken word was generated through the writing of diary entries focusing on my own experiences and by interviewing others with similar experiences. Five different female artists were given the task of remixing words to create the script, cutting out what they felt wasn't relevant to the notion of parents enforcing their own ideas about gender one their children, and the consequences this can have. 

"Lies My Parents Told Me" was originally performed as part of a double bill entitled "The Past is a Foreign Country", alongside "Somewhere North of Here."

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