Starting with teeth as a metaphor for roots, Teeth Show invites audience on a poetic, medical, bitter-sweet and autobiographical journey through surreal stories, original sound and film. The performance takes the autobiographical fact that wherever Natasha Davis migrated, she experienced an extraordinary tooth story – from her father’s colleague dentist making a pass when she was a teenage patient, to having a root canal in the Syrian desert without anaesthetic, to a late night out-of-hours teeth-extracting film shoot.
The show also explores complexities around the rights of the displaced body in a constant flux between breaking and repairing. It asks how crossing borders and living in exile impact on the rights of the body regarding its identity, citizenship and medical status. It is a mixed-media, playful and harrowing examination of who, and across what borders, has access to beautiful and pain-free teeth. What options remain to those in precarious and transient situations and those who are left out?
Created in collaboration with Lucy Cash (movement director and outside eye), Marty Langthorne (lighting designer) and Bob Karper (composer). Originally commissioned by Chelsea Theatre London. Funded by Arts Council England.
Further performances at: Colchester Arts Centre UK, Warwick University UK, Science Gallery London UK, Luella Massey Toronto with DDL University of Toronto (Canada), Art School Hyderabad (India), Grahamstone Box Theatre (South Africa), Io Myers Sydney in collaboration with UNSW (Australia).