THE MEAL OF MADAM CANDLESTICK
International Award "Lorenzo il Magnifico" 3rd Prize
by the International Jury 2019: Elza Ajzenberg, Dominique E. Baechler, Francesco Buranelli, Pasquale Celona, María Teresa Constantin, Huang Du, Yuko Hasegawa, Karen Lang, Gregorio Luke, Matty Roca, and Gerfried Stocker
19 October 2019
20 October 2019
In the UK each year there are an estimated 12 honour killings and over 5,000 honour-based violence reported by the police. Those crimes are mostly aimed at women carried out by the male members of the family or the community. And yet, have you ever wondered where were other women in all these horrendous cases? Where are the mothers? Isn't it a mother's nature to protect? Are these women the victims of the violence themselves and therefore helpless about their children's brutal fate? Or they are the loyal keepers of the tradition and endorse patriarchy? Are they narcissists and mad about their daughters' 'betrayals'? According to various studies, women, surprisingly, are playing an essential role in honour crimes. What shall we make of it? Does it prove that in terms of persecuting women, women are just as bad as men? How do women view other women, enemies or allies? Shall we lose our faith in feminine solidarity?
This performance explores honour-based violence against women committed by female perpetrators. It offers a different perspective on what we know about honour crime and the psychology of the offenders.
Inspired by Leonora Carrington and her Surrealism.
Writer & Director Eldarin Yeong
Videography & Editing Zi Ling & Eldarin Yeong
Lighting Designer Hanna Tan
Sound Designers lennymccartney, JiaZi Liu
Guest Performers Zi Ling, Delphine Vandenberghe
Voice Overs Šarūnė Milašytė, Geraldine Pelanti,
Make-up Supervisor Kathryn McCanny
(Lighting & Sound) Wang Yang
Production Photographer Wang Yang & Florence Biennale
Running Time: 45 - 60 mins (without interval)
This performance may contain strong languages and upsetting content. Age 14+