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Anna Ehrlemark, ilustration for Bodeča neža Award

Burlesque cabaret FEM TV 4.0 and the 2018 Bodeča neža Award ceremony

Kindly invited to the Burlesque cabaret FEM TV 4.0 and the 2018 Bodeča neža Award ceremony on Wednesday, 7th March 2018 at 20:00 in club Gromka, ACC Metelkova mesto.


Another year has passed and the first festival event of Red Dawns will yet again be dedicated to the Bodeča neža (thistle) award ceremony. This dishonourable title can befall on anyone who publicly attacks, degrades and offends others on the basis of one’s gender, sexual orientation and/or sexual identity. Especially persons who are active in publicly exposed areas, such as politics, science, (pop)culture, art and media, have big responsibility for co-creation of an open, plural and tolerant society. Their position gives them the privilege to co-shape public opinion. If they are spreading sexist viewpoints and ideas, they are normalising hate speech and legitimising discrimination from a position of power, which is in opposition to the strivings for the society of equal opportunities.

The Bodeča neža award ceremony is a result of the collaboration between Red Dawns collective and the editorial board of the online portal site spol.si. Of course, we cannot exclude the interested public, who can participate in the voting process at several different levels. Anyone who notices a sexist statement can report it at http://bodeca-neza.spol.si/. A working group, composed of the editorial board of spol.si and collective of Red Dawns decides which nominated statements shall be published. Online voting (available at: http://bodeca-neza.spol.si/glasovanje) begins on 23rd February and ends on 5th March at 11.59 pm. The “winning” statement will be voted by the audience at the solemn award ceremony, which will take place along the Fem TV 4.0, a cabaret-burlesque type performance.
The fourth Fem TV show is made of TV shows and news show parodies as well as a critique of social narratives on gender and sexuality. The performance takes a play on traditional as well as contemporary theatre practise. It touches every form of expression from burlesque, cabaret, varieté, performance, video and music as well as improv.
Fem TV 4.0 follows the traditions of its previous shows with the first one being performed in 2012. “Tea Hvala speaks of Fem TV in her essay Working on Gender, New Burlesque and Cabaret in Ljubljana and she points out the intentional unprofessionalism of the performers and the humour as the most important tools for politicizing overlooked topics. The trashesthetics of Fem TV 3.0 is not just in its fille rouge but also in the stance it takes on the media’s misrepresentation of reality with the emphasis on criticizing the distorted image of women’s bodies and their role as objects of the beauty industry as it openly perpetuates the patriarchy.” (vir: MMC)


In Slovene.

Idea: Red Dawns and Lesbian Feminist University

Performers: Ana Čigon, Eva Jus, Tamara Melik, Slobodan Malić, Tadeja Pirih, Pia Skušek, Danijela Zajc

Video: Vesna Bukovec, Ana Čigon, Ana Grobler

Co-organisation: Club Gromka, KUD Podtalnica
Co-production (Bodeča neža award): Spol.si/ Vita Activa

Map of ACC Metelkova mesto

Burlesque cabaret FEM TV 4.0 and the 2018 Bodeča neža Award ceremony
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