GO-GO GIRLS SEIZE CONTROL – WOW Festival, NYC (1981)

In a sharp role reversal, the go-go bar clients are represented by one dimensional figures that signify “silent decor”. The dancers, by contrast, are the ones who talk and have opinions.

GO-GO GIRLS SEIZE CONTROL - WOW Festival, NYC (1981) Photo Credit: Mariette Pathy-Allen

GO-GO GIRLS SEIZE CONTROL - WOW Festival, NYC (1981) Photo Credit: Mariette Pathy-Allen

I create an illusion of 50′s glamor, dancing to Sinatra’s “New York, New York”. Beneath the facade of making it in New York, are the terms by which making it as a “glamorous” dancer in a go-go bar are possible. A strip-tease disposes of “the glamor” and unsuspectedly reveals a Scottish nationalist warrior dancing to the Jacobite song, “Such a Parcel of Rogues.”

In this performance I paralleled the colonization of Scotland with the colonization of women’s sexuality. I think only two Scottish girlfriends in the audience laughed and understood. The rest of the audience were puzzled but entertained…..

Rebecca Furious

Rebecca FuriousRebecca Furious reveals her true identity – a Chilean emigre working without a green card. As she dances, titillating the clients with her chain,she says what is on her mind but never revealed – her anxiety about the molesting of her younger sister by her white schoolmates. This anxiety gives her performance an adrenaline rush that drives the men crazy.

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