I have the most phenomenal doctor in the world, I like to visit her so much. But I’d prefer to go to a specialist, they’re still the biggest experts. What if I tell you a little about my doctor, who’s a surplus of surpluses. Super Babe. But a real one! If anyone is my role model, that's her. I’d like to become such a woman. Performance text excerpt
Postmedia artist, literary translator, and writer Urban Belina in collaboration with performer Daniel(a) Petković
researches the fields of neo-burlesque, queer phenomena, healthcare and wellbeing industry, marginal anatomies
and identities of the rainbow spectrum, as well as other divergent expressions and syndromes of (post)human experience.
In the scripted performance The Fake Bosom they present the story of Lady Anous, individual on the transgender spectrum
in the grip of healthcare system during an acute phase of hypochondria. On the level of text, Belina plays with
a certain fusion of queer with healthism and omnipresent fostering of a healthy lifestyle.
On the scientific an social level we can find parallels with the construction or development of a biology based on technology, a temporal postgender entity that represents a premonition of a future ecosystem, populated with hypernatural or biologically modified former-human beings.
In the framework of performance research we developed a protocol for temporal modification of gender spectrum that includes the use of technology of anatomical, adapted breast prosthetics with a mechanical (pressure) gland with outer secretion and the use of other established social technologies for gender codification, through which the transformation of performer Daniel/-a into the aggregate of diagnosis and anxieties of Lady Anous takes place. Protocol enables performing temporary shifts on the gender spectrum with relatively mild adverse reactions.
The doctor says: I think this will be rather impossible. You know, the test I order must be justified according to the rules. If we look at your condition more closely, it's obvious that you want to be a woman, but your body is still developed with male features. I can’t send a person of male gender to a mammogram. It's not justified. Health insurance won’t cover these costs.
I get upset: You want to say I need to go to surgery before you can send me to a mammogram? Well, then write me a referral for that, I want to change my sex, I'm already determined. Write it right now, I’ll go get a date tomorrow morning! Performance text excerpt
Today I show you bodily delights,
I steer you into twisted heavenly heights.
In the feverish tripping of tropical infections,
In the safe embrace of health care structures...
You can support Lady Anous in facing her diagnosis and efforts to regain health.
Warning: Please do not bring flowers to the patient as it might trigger allergic reaction. If you still wish to gift her rather choose dietary supplements.
Warning: During your visit you may be exposed to scenes of disease and decay, therefore we discourage participation of persons with known hypersensitivity to queer phenomena, health care environment, bodily fluids and excretions, or individuals with heart failure.
Concept, Text, Dramaturgy, and Prosthetics: Urban Belina
Artistic Research, Choreography, and Performance: Daniel Petković
Costume Design: Sara Jelen
Makeup Design: Tina Prpar (Tinka Pobalinka)
Closing Music and Sound Design: Alenja Pivko Kneževič
Lighting Design and Video Documentation: Izidor Čok
Voices: Saška Rakef in Sabina Potočki
Studio Sound Mastering: Simon Penšek
Photos: Nada Žgank