Overhead Risk Circus Theatre and Anywhere Festival Presents
“A girl gets her tits out and hangs off a rope for half an hour, what’s not to like?”- Audience member
Performer Pipi-Ayesha Evans states: ‘This show isn’t necessarily for everyone: I met a woman in Mackay whilst I was doing publicity for the show: I told her I perform topless, and she quickly handed me back my flyer, saying “Keep yourself clean for God” and walked away’.
The Blue-Bearded Lady is a one-woman show from New Zealand artist Pipi-Ayesha Evans that includes circus theatre, aerial dance, stilts, partial nudity and a teddy-bear telling stories about a strip-club.
She states: ‘I’m interested in the human body, and I personally find it fascinating to watch. While there’s some adult themes in the show, mostly I aim to turn my body into something non-sexualised, just something to watch, rather than being a titillating experience.’
The main character in The Blue-Bearded Lady uses her beard and her muscled body to physically confront the audience’s preconceptions of how a woman should look and behave. Pipi-Ayesha also does this by performing strong-woman type moves (circus moves typically performed by men).
“I aim to create work that is provocative, beautiful, and entertaining – combining high physicality with innovative storytelling to create compelling theatre that pushes both physical and creative boundaries, where circus informs the story.”
This is a modern adult fairy-tale, inspired by the story of the wife-murdering Bluebeard, told by one of his wives (‘Lady Bluebeard’). She has entered the forbidden room, and is contemplating what her fate is to be. Perhaps the secrets of her childhood can empower her to save herself. He is a beast, but she may be the stronger wolf.
Pipi-Ayesha explores new techniques of performance: ‘in my tissu [aerial fabric] piece, I started by aiming to forget all I knew, and tried to find new ways of moving with and relating to the fabric’.
‘Fantastic show absolutely loved it. The strength and ability of this tiny little lady was outstanding’
– Tammy Stone, Sensory Circus Tribe
The Blue-Bearded Lady
May 15-17, 8.30pm.
Vulcana Women’s Circus
Stores Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse
119 Lamington St, New Farm, QLD