Glasgow international

Tai Shani

Dark Continent: SEMIRAMIS

Director's Programme

Tai Shani creates a large-scale immersive installation that also functions as a site for performance. The work is an experimental adaptation of Christine de Pizan’s 1405 proto-feminist text The Book of the City of Ladies.

Twelve performers play characters, including The Neanderthal Hermaphrodite, The Medieval Mystic, The Vampyre, Phantasmagoregasm, and Paradise to create a 12 part performance series, depicting an allegorical city of women, a space to imagine an alternative history which privileges, sensation, experience and interiority, undermining patriarchal conceptions of narrative history to propose a possible post-patriarchal future.

The performances will take place on the opening three days of the festival, with the sequences filmed and the documentation subsequently presented alongside the installation. Please see below for performance times.

Each episode focuses on one of the characters and is delivered through prose monologues which are violent, erotic and filled with fantastical images that re-imagine a world complete with interlinked cosmologies, myth and histories.

Drawing on multiple reference points including feminist science fiction, post-modern architecture, and feminist and queer theory, this is Shani’s most ambitious and multi-layered work to date and includes an original score by ‘Let’s Eat Grandma’.

Co-commissioned by Glasgow International and The Tetley, Leeds. Supported by Arts Council England.

Fri 20 Apr – Mon 7 May
Mon – Fri, 12-5pm
Sat & Sun, 12-6pm
Fri 20 Apr 12-6pm

Thur 19 April1.30pm; 3.30pm
Fri 20 April12.30pm; 2.30pm; 4.30pm; 7.30pm
Sat 21 April12.30pm; 2.30pm; 4.30pm
Sun 22 April12.30pm; 2.30pm*; 4.30pm*

*These performances will have BSL interpretation

Performances will start at the times listed above – no late comers will be permitted.

Duration: 45 minutes.

Free, no booking required.

*Please note these performances contain extreme and adult content

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