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Sad Girl

Zoe Aja Moore

“In Moore’s re-reading, sex is a decidedly martial, rather than marital, art.” Bill Raden, STAGERAW / on Moore’s STREETCAR
Sad Girl is a multi-platform experiment in the radical potential of strategic sadness and empathy. It embraces fan-girling as a contemporary medium and the yielding passivity of the girl world as an active form of protest. Sad Girl explores the potential for a politicized and transcendent sadness.

Seeking to harness the power of performance to activate a transformative empathy, Sad Girl delves into the phenomenon of mirror neurons, of hashtags and emoji, sad girl pop and sad girl texts as tools of connection.

Two young women and a chorus of audience members perform Sad Girl, sharing in an embodied experience that amasses a trans-historical web of kinesthetic empathy — a repetitive and associative collaging of texts and pop media — to dismantle the character of the Sad Girl as a unique marginalized individual. Sad Girl reveals, instead, the self dissolved — a collective action, a consensus mysteriously arrived at, an obsessive body of shared associations, a web of collectivity in the face of disempowerment.

There have always been Sad Girls. Sad Girl summons this history of radicals and mystics and transmits their experience to create a chorale of flawed female subjects speaking to one another across time.

Sad Girl is early in development, with an anticipated premiere in 2017/18.  To support this work, please consider joining our Cultural Investment Fund.

In Development

Anticipated Premiere // 2017


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