Collapsing and compounding ballet, pussy envy, life, and death, Scum Ballet deals in contemporaneity by fictionalising historical references. A degenerate rather than a deconstruction, it is equally as much a ballet as a fan fiction, a seance, or a weapon.
Scum Ballet constructs a speculative melding of the Willi’s – a matriarchal, undead group of female characters from the ballet Giselle who haunt forests, luring and dancing men to their death; and Valerie Solanas – the radical American artist best known for shooting Andy Warhol and writing the infamous SCUM Manifesto. Producing a set of relations between the Willi’s and Solanas, Scum Ballet assembles a philosophy of femininity, violence and romanticism, and uses dance as a weapon to act with tender mercilessness on the world.
Scum Ballet is commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre and will premiere November 24-25, 2017
Angela Goh, with Eugene Choi, Ellen Davies, Verity Mackey and Ivey Wawn.
All photos by Catherine McElhone