LRO 335: “Wo Man”: Man and Woman Are Only Signifiers

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LRO 335
6th April 2022

 




"Wo Man": Man and Woman Are Only Signifiers
Ralitsa Stambolska | Sofia, Bulgaria

In 2020, on the Bulgarian contemporary dance scene appeared "Wo Man", an art performance by author and choreographer Marion Darova. Darova and the actress Martina Apostolova are the performers. The play is inspired by Judith Butler's theory of gender and is an attempt to explore the concepts of "man" and "woman" and the related social roles that are attributed to each subject according to its biological sex. Darova questions the stability of these signifiers, indeed she shakes them to loosen the connection between the signifier and the speaking being (parlêtre), to provoke questions…. [Read full article]

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