Body as Earth

Each performance of Talk to me and I slap you unearths a myriad of new stories from different sets of audience members with varied ways of responding to the invitation to participate. One could watch it ten times over and never watch the same thing twice. What I found most fascinating was the show’s conflux of playfulness and aggression.

Because this work was so carefully choreographed and staged, watching and engaging with an aggressive performer was less intimidating in a gallery than it is in public, or in real life. I have learned that it is in these kinds of “safe” spaces where we can confront difficult situations such as physical and psychological violence in our lives.

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