In Feminine Hygiene, Two Babes Virginia (The Lady Garden) and Marika (A Symphony of Sloths) go beyond the unicorn to smash the male gaze and find what it means to be Hot Queer Femmes!
Taking the form of a performance art essay, Feminine Hygiene is a new collaboration between performance artists Marika Pratley (Wellington) and Virginia Kennard (Christchurch) premiering at the Hamilton Fringe Festival 2019.
They explore concepts behind cis-female femme queer identity, and the tensions between having autonomy over conventional feminine/femme identity/behaviours under capitalist-patriarchal social relations.
Marika Pratley is an award-winning composer, sonic artist, improviser and performer of Greek and Cypriot-descent, based in Wellington, New Zealand. Her composition work includes using found objects, Indonesian Gamelan, Greek Folk Instruments, synthesizers and field recordings. Conceptually, Marika's work explores radical relaxation, the phenomenology of spacetime, trauma recovery and intersectional identity politics. Her music and academic work has been presented in New Zealand and internationally, and received nominations and honorary mentions for sound design and composition, notably A Symphony of Sloths.
Virginia Kennard is a live artist and movement practitioner from Wellington, and is currently based in Ōtautahi making performance, and working for Movement Art Practice as a dance tutor and as a Board member. She trained in classical, contemporary, and commercial dance techniques from childhood, and holds a Master of Arts Performance from Leeds Beckett University. Virginia creates feminist explicit performance in a queer theory framework. She is interested in the body as a powerhouse that can subvert and dismantle the objectifying gaze.