The creative development of HAIR will see four diverse artists and performers come together to explore their personal understandings and experience of the stereotyping and stigma associated with body hair in contemporary culture. Examining, through personal experiences and research, why individuals continue to be valued, stigmatised, included or excluded based on their bodies and perceived identities. Through storytelling, live dialogue and intermedial presentation, the performers will bring their experiences to the audience, before inviting them to interact directly and intimately with the performers – removing the performers’ hair without limitation. The performance fosters an atmosphere of intrusion, control and danger from both the performers’ experience, the participant’s actions and the bystander’s journey. In this way, audience and artists enter into an authentic and meaningful live dialogue, interrogating our relationships with body hair, as individuals and as a community. Thus the development commencing in a live performance interrogates the values and expectations our society holds on certain bodies and displays of hair, exploring the agency we have over physical selves and what expectations mutate our natural form.
2017 / Metro Arts – Works in Development