Duration: 20 minutes
“I associate Baubo with creative, erotic darkness. With blood, earth and the moon. She is a figure that connects female sexuality with ecology, psychedelia and resounding laughter.” — Hannah De Meyer
In 2018, Hannah De Meyer wrote and performed the hypnotising new skin. In this production, which was part of this year’s Rakete festival at TQW, she fuses the growing indignation of a new generation of young people about our wrecked world with a highly personal “awakening”: new skin as a door to a new awareness, with alternative stories about what success, prosperity and a thriving society can be.
In her new production hi baubo, Hannah De Meyer follows the lead of Baubo, an obscure mythological figure associated with regeneration, magic and female sexuality. Baubo has turned up in rock drawings, bone figurines and stories since prehistoric times: female figures with accentuated vaginas and spread legs, usually in the company of fish, turtles and birds.
born in 1988, writes and performs, curates festivals and publishes. Her work investigates the poetic and political links between femininity, ecology and decolonisation. She blends text and movement into a hybrid, idiosyncratic style.
new skin (2018) is a visceral descent into earth, where dead body parts and forgotten critters are shaken back to life. It was received as an “overwhelming feminist ecological statement” and selected by the Belgian Theaterfestival in Gent as one of the most noteworthy performances of the year.