or: The Only Vacancy Now is in my Head
Last night as I waited in line for a performance, I heard a woman say that she’d been to see the Candies: Girlish Hardcore show (Yubiwa Hotel). When her friend asked how she’d liked it, she shook her head as though trying to dislodge fluff from her ears, and said, “I think I’m still trying to figure it out.” It could take her a while — I saw the matinee show today and I’m still scratching my head about it. Visually it was quite arresting: animal masks and floaty white nightgowns, matching red backpacks and big insect cushions. That strikes me as the “girlish” part. And there’s also a bit of “hardcore” in a highly memorable pancake griddle scene (I won’t spoil it by giving too much detail) and the burlesque-style cigarette dance at the end. But this isn’t a show that fits tidily into any definition, and Shirotama Hitsujiya’s artist statement in the program, though it answers questions, reads like something’s been lost in translation.
I instinctively liked these performers, and I like that they use non-traditional spaces to perform in (the TBA catalog gives warehouses, rooftop tennis courts and strip clubs as examples). All in all, I recommend the show, even if I’m still scratching my head about it. Go check it out and blog your interpretation — I’d love to hear what others thought.
posted by Laura Moulton
Two shows left: Saturday 9/9 at 7 p.m. and Sunday 9/10 at 2 p.m. Artists Rep Theatre, 2nd Stage