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Julia Croft/ M1 Singapore Fringe Festival/ Esplanade Annexe Studio/Thursday

In If There’s Not Dancing At The Revolution, I am Not Coming, New Zealander Julia Croft performs a striptease and dissects the objectification of the feminine physique in popular culture.

There are light-hearted moments initially of the 55-minute present as she divests herself of layer after layer of costume, reappearing in outfits suited to the sketch of the second.

She wears a dressing robe for the scene from the 1997 film, Titanic, by which Jack sketches Rose nude. She dons a tutu to carry out to music from Swan Lake and seems in a prim gown for the scene from Notting Hill (1999), by which Julia Roberts begs Hugh Grant to like her. Props stashed about her particular person come out comically, together with a minimize onion – to induce tears – and a burger and fries, whereas she gyrates in cut-offs to a tune with sexually specific lyrics.

If There’s Not Dancing At The Revolution doesn’t preach. It places ahead what individuals already know, that Western – principally American – popular culture is marketed and consumed across the world.


  • WHERE: Esplanade Annexe Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive 

    WHEN: Today, 8pm 

    ADMISSION: $27 from Sistic (name 6348-5555 or go to, free seating, tickets promoting quick, rated M18 for mature content material and nudity

Similarly, the unhealthy approach girls are depicted on this media – minimize up, assaulted, sexualised for heterosexual male pleasure – is taken in and assimilated within the normal physique of individuals.

This yr’s Fringe Festival has programmed works as responses or as artwork associated to Singaporean artist Amanda Heng’s 1999 efficiency, Let’s Walk, which checked out magnificence requirements girls are held to.

Discussion of how feminine our bodies are thought of is acquainted territory for artists and should have turn out to be overwhelming for some amid the #metoo motion in opposition to sexual exploitation within the office.

But if little modifications within the world, the theme will proceed to repeat itself.

Last yr, Singaporean girls drew hashtags on their our bodies and posed in public locations corresponding to alongside Orchard Road, daring viewers to see past stereotypes.

Last yr, the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival tried and failed to usher in Canadian artist Thea Fitz-James, who would have delivered a unadorned lecture on how girls’s our bodies are celebrated and dismissed in artwork, politics and pornography. Naked Ladies went too far for the authorities right here as a result of Fitz-James would have carried out a sexual act on herself at one level.

Croft stops at stripping to the pores and skin and outlining her breasts, buttocks and pelvic area with a marker. She dares the viewers to deal with solely these elements – as usually occurs within the media and censor board discussions – whereas her face is obscured by an enormous head-dress.

She takes curtain calls bare, assured in her pores and skin and within the viewers.

How beautiful it could be if sooner or later any girl, clothed, could possibly be equally assured in a crowd of strangers.

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