The giddy dramatism of Esther Williams’ “aquamusicals”, the iconic female horror film victim and a woman in the throes of a shampoo orgasm are the characters of this performance. Baden, Baden is a combination of pop culture and feminist references. The relationship of media and gender is closely intertwined. Film has a strong impact on what it means to be female and often shapes our reactions and desires as women. Certain key movements in film history have not only influenced what we consider a typically feminine reaction to a particular situation, they have also entered our physical collective unconscious. Images and concepts relating to the traditional roles of women in film and media is the inspiration of this performance, particularly those images directly relating to women in the water.

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