Théâtre du Loup, Geneva
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In the world of psychosomatic and bio-political disorders and in between the “mother's syndrome” and “the doctor's syndrome”, there is the body of the Femmelade (femme+malade =woman+sick). La Femmelade is the subject of studies by doctors, midwives, psychiatrists and neurologists. The public is confronted with rituals in the delivery room, before and after the event. The governance of bodies will have the chance to be re-invented.
A series of contemporary medical tasks and protocols is implemented in connection to:
- fertility and the bad quality of the Swiss sperm,
- the pelvis of Lucy l'Australopithèque,
- the dream of the gynaecologist a reference to the deaths of women after birth in the first
hospitals in Paris during 200 years due to non disinfected medical tools used from dead
bodies to pregnant women,
- when Swiss cows eat French grass and the identity of the white milk
- the testosterone as the cause of social and hierarchical ascent,
- the enjoyment of operating C-section, a Cesarean delivery
"It's for your own good" the gynaecologist says to the pregnant lady while the stage gradually gets red from the blood of the period of another woman waking around.
Contemporary medical rituals.
- Vincent Barras, performer, poet, professor of the history of medicine
- Beth Dillon, interdisciplinary visual artist
- Vincent Coppey, actor
- Graziela Ecoffey, performer psychomotor therapist
- Pauline Huguet, dancer, choreographer
and with the discussions and writings of:
- Francesca Arena, historian, specialist in women’s history of medicine and gender
- Myrto Chronaki, architect, writing on medicalisation, rituals and mothers’ subjectivities
Funding support from: