Nic Green is a Glasgow-based performance artist whose naked dance and sexual politics triptych, Trilogy, an acclaimed sensation at the Edinburgh fringe last summer, is revived as a winter non-warmer at the BAC in Battersea, and as part of the Barbican’s Bite10 programme.
Green divides her three-hour staging into an allegedly non-exploitative skin show, as 50 nude women express their relationships with their own bodies. There’s a recreation of the 1971 New York Town Bloody Hall debate in which Germaine Greer, famously squaring up to Norman Mailer, accused male art of sapping women’s vitality and breaking their hearts; and a gruesome “nothing’s changed” broadside focusing on medieval and superstitious practices of genital mutilation and death sentence stoning, leading to a defiant and joyous sing-along finale to “Jerusalem.”
The show has been variously described as heartfelt, rigorous and “radiant with hope,” and people in the audience are invited to throw off their clothes and join in. As a complementary extra at the Barbican, there’s a screening of DA Pennebaker’s 1979 Town Bloody Hall film on 23rd January, bringing audiences back to the original Mailer-Greer stand-off. Will the force of feminism be reappraised in the naked body politic?
Trilogy, BAC, 12th-16th January, Tel: 020 7223 2223; Barbican Theatre, 22nd-23rd January, Tel: 0845 120 7511