Maya Soto and Nico Tower’s Beautiful Carcass Offers Quietly Powerful Commentary on Womenhood That Speaks in a Roar
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Maya Soto and Nico Tower’s Beautiful Carcass—which has its final run this weekend—is anything but silent. In this hybrid dance and theatre performance, the open wounds of misogyny, the patriarchy, sexism, discrimination, harassment, and the other demons of intersectional womanhood don’t just bleed, but are given a voice. By the show’s end, it is a full-throated roar.
We are guided through the struggles and triumphs of the female experience by a circus troupe of “creatures” and “beasts,” who never fail to smile politely on command as they are all introduced by a cotton-candy-headed ringmaster. This character wears many demented hats, to say the least, whether a boastful trainer, whispering tormentor, Rod Sterling-esque narrator, or tender performer.
This could have easily turned into a repetitive reminder of the good, the bad, and the ugly of being a woman. Thankfully, there was more than one kind of story, and one kind of woman, represented in Beautiful Carcass, and they are portrayed with vulnerability and grace. (Trans women aren't represented, but Towers and Soto addressed the centering of the experiences of cis women in the show’s introduction, and acknowledged their “trans sisters,” who they hope also can identify with the show’s narratives.)Continue reading »