Mother’s Not Herself Today

A dance film filtering feminist cinema theory through the personal experiences of three queer performance artists, exploring horror film archetypes via imagery from these women’s own lives, and expressing them in gesture, posture and movement. Representations of frightful femaleness and femininity that turn up in horror films are understood via Barbara Creed’s revelation that much of horror is not about woman as victim of the monster, but woman as the monster, and a fear of female power. Abjection is reworked and performed via gestures emerging from embodied memory, suggesting the pleasure and power that playing with Other identities can offer.