A whimsical and magical world of female friendship and immodesty, where jewels sing and books talk and geometry descends in octagons and hexagrams, in crushing cascades and nervous nebulas, Les Bijoux Indiscrets, or, Paper Tigers presents star-gazing conversations with Margaret Cavendish, Denis Diderot, Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle, and Karl Marx, to experiment with anachronistic astronomy, feminist and queer utopias, the silliness of rationality, and the politics and forms of erotic Platonic dialogues.
After being commissioned by NYPAC for La MaMa Galleria in New York in March 2017, Bold Tendencies hosted the second piece in the series My Little Enlightenment Plays, a feminist and queer project that bridges experimental performance, research, publication, and installation, and was recently presented at the Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris) and Company Gallery (New York). Continuing Seita's investigations into Enlightenment source materials, the collaborative and site-specific performance at Bold Tendencies brought together an all-female cast of artists, writers, and theatre-makers who performed the piece with sculptural work by the New York- and London-based artist Anna Moser, made specifically in response to the text. The performers in London were: Sophie Seita, Vahni Capildeo, Prudence Chamberlain, Adrianna Liedtke, Celine Lowenthal, Nisha Ramayya, and Emma Stirling. In New York, the piece was staged by Sophie Seita, Corina Copp, Wendy Lotterman, Ada Smailbegovic, Jocelyn Spaar, Cecilia Corrigan, Constance DeJong, Lucy Ives, and Bridget Talone, who performed with and alongside sculptural objects by Emmy Catedral.
This is an abbreviated and edited video version of the performance at Bold Tendencies, 29 September 2017.