Written and Performed by DEEPTI GUPTA
Directed by FRANCESCA MANTANI ARKUS
BODYLOGUE is Sonu's story of growing up in India surrounded by negative messages about dark skin, weight and being a woman. Follow her as she travels to Singapore and America where the messages become even more complicated.
An auto-biographical character based on the author's life, Sonu grows up in India exploring her sexuality at the age of 7, and travels to America as a young woman in search of her dream. Writer and performer Deepti Gupta believes that the body stores life stories, and by sharing these libraries collectively we can create a safe space of synergy- which can be used as a platform to help women move towards appreciation of their own bodies instead of images offered by the media for their consumption.
Arkus, the director of the play, recalls, "I learned from my immediate family, the community in which I spent my early years, the television set, pop music, my school friends - both female and male, and from the media that would penetrate my life. I was taught to be thin, to be on display for boys, to be a good girl and well-behaved. To be polite when I didn't want to be, to be nice when I didn't feel it was deserving, always catering to outside forces rather than acknowledging my own needs. Automatic obedience. Where did this training leave me? Where does this training leave many women?
Through theatrical exploration, director and writer/performer help each other bear the confusion and take part in an evolution not just as women, but as members of society.
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New York, NY 10036
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