Overgeneralization is a human tendency; a tendency which lies at the core of Girls and Boys.
Five girls in red, on a narrow white floor, dancing a dance, exposing themselves to stubborn cliches of femininity, which appear at every turn. Voices go up to please, to protest, to pacify. Gestures are minimal, flirtatious, as if taken from the catalogue of male fantasy. Kisses are thrown into the air, legs are spread, tushes rock from side to side – like men love.
Five boys in black, on a narrow white floor, dancing a dance. Exposing themselves, to stubborn cliches. Voices go up to plead, to berate, to pacify. Gestures are temperamental, familiar, as if taken from the cards of human history. Punches are thrown into the air, chests are puffed, legs drilled in a left-right-left march – like men love.
Girls and Boys was not made with the intention of shining a light on the current zeitgeist of gender identity and fluidity. Boys can be boys can be girls can be boys can be both can be neither and all should be respected, regardless. More than a comment on gender stereotypes, Girls and Boys points to the lifelong ‘brainwashing’ of males and females about how they should think, speak, dress and act.
Choreography: Roy Assaf
Assistants to the choreographer: Ariel Freedman, Avshalom Latucha
Music editing and arrangement: Reut Yehudai
Music: “Girl from the North Country” by Bob Dylan,
“Trauermarsch” by Uri Caine, “Rama” by Takagi Masakatsu,
“End of the World” by Arthur Kent and Sylvia Dee,
“Mambo No. 5” by Perez Prado,
“Be My Little Baby” by Jeff Barry,
“Parsifal” by Richard Wagner,
“You Are So Beautiful” by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher,
“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Robert Hazard,
“Hangover Boogie” by Meade “lux” Lewis,
Excerpt from “Yoko Ono’s Meltdown” by Reggie Watts,
“Kyllikki” – Three Lyric Pieces for Piano, Op. 41, II. Andantino by Jean Sibelius,
“Du bist die Ruh, song for voice & piano,
D. 776, Op. 59/3″ by Schuber
Light design: Roy Assaf & Moritz Zavan Stoeckle
Costumes & stage: Roy Assaf
Duration: 55 mins
World premiere: Staatstheater Tanz Braunschweig, Germany, 2014. The adaptation of Girls & Boys was commissioned by the Batsheva Dance Company in 2018.
Supported by The Ballet Shop.
Girls & Boys
Dates: 18/19/20 June 2021
Venue: Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta
Duration: 55 mins