Bodies of water. Bodies in space. Bodies together. Bodies alone.
Who taught you to be scared of the sea? What stories did you hear? What powers of persuasion did they use?
What Makes a Body Terrifying? is a queer exploration of two strikingly similar folk tales: the Slavic Rusalke and the Celtic Selkies. These two folk tales centre around mythical sea-people who shed their skins and become dangerous, beautiful human-forms: seducing sailors and luring them to their deaths. This piece explores how they use narrative and rhetorical devices to create fear, and how this parallels with the fear generated against queer bodies.
With curiosity, this piece asks questions about how we are persuaded to be scared of the sea, to understand how we are persuaded to be scared of others.
The Not-God Complex embrace this topic with a physical, multidisciplinary approach; playing with pace, structure and form. The company deftly uncover the lines been storytelling and real-life, between the sea and the land, between human and non-human, between straight and queer and between fear and safety. Drawing on elements of dance, theatre and poetry, this piece has something for any audience member willing to be open to questions.
What Makes a Body Terrifying? is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
This production is part of Camden Fringe.
Latecomers may not be admitted. Please arrive in good time for the start time of 9pm.
Under 18s are not permitted into the theatre for this performance.
No re-admittance once the performance has commenced. Refunds and exchanges are not available.