Collection Title: Hemispheric Institute archive
Title: Must the inside story
Date: 2009 Sep. 18
Location: Performed at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics in New York City on September 18, 2009.
Work Type: Performance.
Zena Bibler, videographer.
Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, moderator ; Peggy Shaw, performer.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 01:03:26
Language: In English.
Synopsis: Peggy Shaw performs excerpts from her show 'Must: The Inside Story,' a collaboration with Clod Ensemble, London. Conceived as 'a journey through the shadows of a city, a pound of flesh, a book of love...,' this piece generates a space of shared and communal affects, such as sadness and fear, but also hope. In the pre-show, Peggy Shaw welcomes the people and leads them into the space, setting the scene for a show that is more an act of sharing - a one-woman show that, paradoxically, is communal. Peggy Shaw’s voice, by both speaking and singing, performs as a source of emotions that are invoked to act as a means of healing. She offers a cartography of her body, a body that can become dust at some point, but that is always leaving a trace of memories. Challenging medical language, ‘The Inside Story' is a way to show internal emotions attached to the body, which are intensified with the presence of a sense of loss. An intimate session of Q&A with the artist follows this video documentation of the performance.Peggy Shaw (
is an independent performance artist, painter and poet who believes in new images, and rejects old ideas. She challenges established practices in theatre, prisons, gender, relationships and humor. Her work is firmly rooted in a queer feminist perspective, with an unceasing quest for global equality in writing, spoken word and performance.
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