'Drama and Feminism' Salon Held to Promote Female Subjectivity

January 20, 2014
Editor: Yulanda Wang

 

The poster of the drama "Ways of Vagina" which is a localized

The poster of the drama "Ways of Vagina" which is a localized version of "The Vagina Monologues".[Bcome]

"It is of great significance to localize the drama The Vagina Monologues, so this documentary film is an attempt to do so," said director Fan Popo, who brought his latest work The VaChina Monologues to the salon themed "Drama and Feminism" held in Beijing on January 18.

Also in attendance were Professor Li Dun from Tsinghua University, guest speaker Ai Ke, who is in charge of a volunteer feminist drama group in Beijing named BCome, and several of her colleagues.

The salon began with a screening of Fan's film. This film records what Chinese feminists are doing with dramas that deal with the subject of female empowerment. Fan is famous for his works on LGBT(lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender). He won the Prism Award by his film Be A Woman at the 22nd Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.

One of the groups that the film focuses on is BCome. The group has developed a series of original repertoire collections called Our Vaginas, Ourselves, which is based on the framework of The Vagina Monologues.

"We highlight the issue of female empowerment through our play. We collect physical experience and life stories and then present them artistically in the play. We pay tribute to The Vagina Monologues and are trying to localize it," said Ai.

The Vagina Monologues in China was first staged by the Chinese Department of Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou) in December 2003. Since then, this feminist play, which came from the US and has been committed to the elimination of gender-based violence, has incited a vagina hurricane that has blown all over mainland China. The play received many Chinese names, which included Cloudy Vagina, Our Vaginas, For Vagina’s Sake and OurSelves.

The salon lasted throughout the afternoon. It got a positive response from the audience and opened a possibility for them to get know about feminism and LGBT in China.

BCome was jointly founded by public service organizations Women’s Voice and The Yiyuan Communal Space in late 2012. Its members come from a variety of different backgrounds, including university students, white-collar workers, NGO workers, academics and people from the arts sector.

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