Performance

Hysteria

When: Thu., May 11, 8-9 p.m., Fri., May 12, 8-9 p.m., Sat., May 13, 8-9 p.m., Thu., May 18, 8-9 p.m. and Fri., May 19, 8-9 p.m. 2017

hysterical history

Aretaeus of Cappadocia, an ancient Greek physician best known for his groundbreaking treatise on the diagnostic method, once medically described the uterus as “an animal living inside an animal.” While this is a frighteningly barbaric view of both the body and women in general, Aretaeus can probably be forgiven as he lived in ancient Greece and didn't have access to Wikipedia. But this view that the uterus was a living thing, able to take control of a woman's mind and cause depression, mania and even suicide is an idea that existed at least through the Industrial Revolution and probably longer if my high school sex ed is any indication. We even still use the word with which doctors would diagnose women who had too many emotions: hysteria.

And while we now know that the uterus isn't a mind-controlling creature living inside people (the liver, though, is a different story), the intersection between women's bodies and the control unjustly put upon them by society is still a very pressing concern. Hysteria, Bare Bait Dance's final show of its sixth season, explores that intersection with a modern dance framed through the kinds of overwhelming emotions a woman feels at different stages in her life, from dancing ballet as a child through first loves, first heartbreaks, marriages, births and deaths.

-Charley Macorn

Price: $14 advanced $16 at door

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