A peaceful morning of art-making turns into a highly inappropriate roundtable discussion of epic proportions as three male artists let their mouths run amuck in front of their unsuspecting female model. Actress and creator, Charlotte Bydwell, is featured in all the roles — shifting from the overly demure young model to each of the wildly offensive men, and back again.
The film features actress and creator, Charlotte Bydwell, in all the roles — shifting from the overly demure young model to each of the wildly offensive men and back again.At a time when male/female relations are very much under the microscope, this retelling of one woman’s experience on a chaise lounge feels absolutely necessary. By taking on the unusual challenge of featuring a single actor, the film blurs the line between the male perpetrators and their female victim. It addresses questions about power dynamics, social graces and sensitivity towards members of the opposite sex. It also asks us to think about the nature of artistic talent and what can be forgiven in the artists we admire. The ability to expose something about the human condition skillfully through art is an incredible gift, but it does not necessarily transform the entire identity of the artist. Thus, what can we forgive in the artists that we admire? Can exhibiting an incredible sensitivity to shape, color and composition redeem a seemingly immature and tactless individual? Can we value an artist’s talent without respecting them as human beings?
A whimsical combination of dance and theatre, WOMAN OF LEISURE AND PANIC depicts a young woman’s quest to find balance in a life where every achievement brings further uncertainty. It finds humor in the heroine’s struggle to remain financially stable, creatively productive, physically fit, romantically satisfied, and still standing.
WOMAN OF LEISURE AND PANIC premiered at 9th Space (P.S. 122) in May 2011 as part of the 8th Annual soloNOVA Festival and was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance Art Production. After seeing a subsequent performance at the Center for Performance Research, Heber Villergas translated the work into Spanish and it was produced in Mexico by an all new cast and crew. The show returned to NYC for a run at the2013 International Fringe Festival. We were honored with FOUR STARS and Critic's Pick in TimeOUT NYC. Most recent performance included a three-day run in Anita's Way (an outdoor performance space between 42nd and 43rd St. in Times Square) curated by chashama. The show also toured to Philadelphia to be part of the 2016 First Person Arts Festival.