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Sirens (Ontroerend Goed)

By | Published on Saturday 23 August 2014

Less like mythical seducers and more like the shrieks of an ambulance, these sirens explore misogyny and feminism in a brutal, modernist quasi-opera. Following hymn sheets on music stands, they sing ear-piercing screams or list cosmetics and their prices or deliver a deeply discomfiting litany of misogynist jokes – atonal arias on a grim theme. Ontroerend Goed tackle the complexities and contradictions of feminism and being a woman, of a world where how you want to behave is at odds with how you are told to behave. Although problematic in parts – undermining moments of horror with humour – ‘Sirens’ is an unstifled, deliberately provocative question: for each individual person who claims the label, what does it mean to be a feminist?

Summerhall, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Tim Bano]