Rachel Hynes
LadyM
A Co-production between Collective Eleven, Women from Mars and Gitana Theatre
Lady M riffs on the themes, characters, and language in Macbeth to explore female blood, ambition, sorcery as feminine power, and violence. Delving into the deep, dark, and bloody traditions of women’s stigmatized bodies, we push these difficult issues through the lens of grotesque comedy. Each ensemble member brings specialized training in clown, buffoon, and commedia dell’arte, which we call upon in this highly stylized, absurdist, and radical feminist bloodbath.

We showed a work-in-progress version at Happenings at the Harman in April 2017 and have now received a grant from the DCCAH to research Washington DC women's attitudes towards menstruation, culminating in a new workshop version, based on our research, September 17th@2pm and 18th @7:30pm at Atlas Performing Arts Center. 

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ORIGINAL WORK
 
  1. Tale of a Tiger
    Tale of a Tiger
    Devised by Rachel Hynes and Ethan Foote
    A solo storytelling adventure about a girl who turns into a tiger. Deft, physical storytelling woven with a toothy score played live, this story about self-preservation and love soothes as well as bites.
  2. You Have Made a Story On My Skin
    You Have Made a Story On My Skin
    Devised by Rachel Hynes and Collective Eleven
    Part ritual and part instillation, this interactive communal choose your own adventure performance looks at the scars that mark our bodies and the stories of how we got them.
  3. Half Life (a zombie love letter for no one)
    Half Life (a zombie love letter for no one)
    Devised by Rachel Hynes and Collective Eleven
    Jump-cut timing between movement, scenes and open-mic nights butt against the slow timing of the grief cycle. Healing is never an easy journey. Sometimes you only feel half alive.
  1. Burning Down the House
    Burning Down the House
    Devised by Rachel Hynes and Collective Eleven
    The B.S.O.S. and its crew take commuters out of their daily routine. Part of the Supernova Performance Art Festival.
  2. Tyger
    Tyger
    Devised with banished? productions
    TYGER looks at fragmentation, poetry, love, and other meditations on the holes in our lives. This devised piece interrogates ritual as a means to resolve loss while grappling with the plurality of truth. Text was drawn from selected writings of Jorge Luis Borges, Jose Rivera’s Brainpeople, and works by the No Inglés collective.
  3. History of a Cyborg
    History of a Cyborg
    Devised with banished? productions
    A human to cyborg, live-action museum exhibit about aging women's bodies and our relationship to technology and the earth.