Arts

Theatre/Dance Review: Femme

Femme is a journey through femininity, sexuality, gender roles and identity

3.5

Presented by Erin Fowler Movement
Reviewed: 3rd June 2021

Femme is a journey through femininity, sexuality, gender roles and identity. It explores the pressures and constraints of what it means to be feminine, and the stereotypes and stigmas associated with it. It engages in the conversation and encourages thought and considerations from the audience members. The story is powerful and well told through movement and audio that hits all the right notes.

Erin Fowler is a strong performer with excellent comedic skills, a talent for storytelling and an intricate understanding of her body and the shapes it can make. Full of symbolism and motifs, the set and lighting enhance the message Femme portrays, hoping to engage the audience in the conversation and normalise being free to express yourself.

While Erin’s concept is well thought out, and the theatrical elements were highly engaging, there seemed to be a few missed opportunities for movement. There were a handful of times where growth and dynamics could have been incorporated into the dance element of the performance but was missed. While the story flowed well, it felt like it plateaued, rather than grew and changed with each element of femininity and gender that was explored.

Overall Femme is a strong performance piece, focusing on an important message, making this a powerful and thought-provoking experience.

Reviewed by: Ashleigh Rathjen

Rating out of 5: 3.5

Venue: Space Theatre
Season:  3rd to 5th June
Duration:  60 mins
Tickets:  $35
Bookings:  www.bass.net.au

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