UNDER MY SKIRT, 2017-2019
Video by Pia Fruin, Fringe World Perth, 2019
Under my Skirt occurs underneath a huge skirt. The audience is invited to this intimate environment and served afternoon-tea with a humorous, flirtatious performance, encouraging participation and reflection on social expectation. The piece is highly confrontational.
The performance faces the audience with a social situation in which they are familiar; afternoon tea. However, the show occurs underneath a huge skirt and on top of a table. The piece encourages exciting participation, playing with levels of discomfort, personal space and humour. The contradiction of familiar tea with an unusual physical closeness allows the audience to question their own relationships with themes of fear, sex and body image whilst exploring the limits of their participation and awkwardness. The rules of afternoon tea work as a metaphor for the rules of femininity.
The performance is currently an intimate show for an audience of 6-8 people. The piece is continuously being edited, addressing social rules and the fear that results from such rules, while reclaiming sexuality, choice and examining what exactly is absurd about modern society. It has recently begun to respond to the current issues of Upskirting, live streaming performances on Instagram.