Myths of Rape (2012) by artists Elana Mann and Audrey Chan, working with Leslie Labowitz-Starus and Suzanne Lacy, recreates a 1977 performance by Labowitz-Starus, originally performed as part of Three Weeks in May. The 2012 re-invention of Myths of Rape transforms the original piece to raise contemporary concerns around rape, sexual assault, and activism. Thirty diverse performers, including women and men, enact compelling tableaux and spatial interventions, wearing presentation boards featuring current myths and facts about rape. The performers enact a series of movements (created in collaboration with choreographer Mecca Vazie Andrews) that create both intimate moments and bold statements, which activate the site of the LA Convention Center. Drawing inspiration from traditions of feminist agit-prop, the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the Arab Spring, this performance reinforces how activism and performance art are as relevant today as in the past.
The production was presented by Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) for Three Weeks in January (2012) as part of the Getty Pacific Standard Time Performance Festival. The performance took place at the opening night of the LA Art Show on January 18, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Adam Tinnell, Amitis Motevalli, Arielle Saturne, Audrey Ellis Fox, Audrey Wollen, Candace Kita, Cathy Salser, Christy Roberts, Marjan Vayghan, Justine de Penning, Katie Sinnott, Kim Cummings, Krista Jiannacopoulos, Launa Bacon, Leslie Dick, Lynn Fischer, Malene Dam, Michiko Yao, Miggie Wong, Nancy Richler, Niko Solorio, Paige Tighe, Rachel Finkelstein, John Martin, Sandra Mueller, Sandy Rodriguez, Stephen van Dyck, Tamarind Rossetti, Theresia Rosa Kleeman, Yael Samuel
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