Pissing while standing without lifting your skirt: Turning the weapon against others

Pissing while standing without lifting your skirt: Turning the weapon against others
Pissing while standing without lifting your skirt: Turning the weapon against others

The last piece of this season of Periscope hurts magnificently. Pissing while standing without lifting your skirt offers an autofiction where eight artists take turns dissecting their identities. In this queer show where open wounds bleed with shards of beauty, scalpels fly low.

“You do you”

First the epilogue, the post-catharsis where the voices unite to celebrate the community.

Then an enigmatic prologue, where the dancer Fabien Piché gives an overview of his talent.

The scene that follows – part I, therefore: a bachelorette bringing together six long-time friends. Alcohol quickly loosens the viper’s tongues, and quickly the protagonists accuse each other of sinning through misogyny, racism, grossophobia, performative wokism. But none of them is in the odor of holiness – you do youthey say.

We then understand that it is a defense mechanism, a way of turning against others the sharp shards of unease, gender dysphoria, self-harm. A way to protect themselves after the scratches they suffered too young.

The harmony of the whole

At the end of each of the raw stories confessed to the public, the wounds are sublimated through art. Small pleasures like so many small victories over adversity.

In turn, the alter egos of the performers shine, Ariel Charest, Zoé Tremblay-Bianco, Sarah Villeneuve-Desjardins, Vincent Roy, Laurence Gagné-Frégeau, Lucie M. Constantineau, Fabien Piché and Jorie Pedneault, who we also know as ‘Farewell Narcissus.

In this sometimes sober, sometimes grandiose production by Olivier Arteau, the integration of music, dance and poetry into this theater show proves to be perfectly harmonious, like the initial choral singing. The musical genres are also as varied as the identities presented. This is the great beauty of diversity, of sharing differences. Once again, the collaboration between Périscope and Pantoum is bearing fruit.

Each artist, each number fully deserves the applause that punctuates the performance.

Pissing while standing without lifting your skirt is presented at Périscope until May 18.

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