Friday Dance Performance Turned Into a Witty Porn
I was craving to see a dance performance. Despite not having a single rhythm bone in my body, I turned out to be the biggest fan. After a little research I found out about the venue close to my place called Mercat de les Flors aka Casa de la Dansa. For March they had prepared a series of work by a Bulgarian artist, Ivo Dimchev.
Assuming there would only be dance performances in Casa de la Dansa and too lazy to read the show's description in Catalan, I booked the tickets.
After receiving a reminder email I found out the show was actually in Hiroshima venue.
Hiroshima is a small, independent theatre dedicated to performance art. Its motto is: Hiroshima chooses you. Even though the seats are not assigned, the stage is small so you won't have difficulties to actually see the performance. My friend Leyla and I comfortably sat down in a big anticipation.
As soon as Ivo Dimchev himself asked if he could see the vagina of an actress, I've realized this might not be a dance performance after all. What followed was a witty porn full of fingers inserting into vagina (3 fingers), blow job between two men, amateur insemination in order to get pregnant with someone famous.
Yeah, there was a lot of vagina action. All accompanied with loud slurping, gasping and surprisingly lively and funny dialogues. The performance was basically about power and how I fucked my way to the top. It was narrated in rather smart and refreshing way which was nice and most of the audience kept laughing at the hidden references and genuine humour. There were moments when I was definitely blushing like crazy but apart from that my brain and mind were working 105%. Fest by Ivo Dimchev is anything but boring. It makes you react.
After the play, me and Leyla really needed a drink. We went to Calle Blai which is near Hiroshima theatre. I like Calle Blai, it's cheap, full of people and in every single bar they have a selection of vegetarian pinchitos (similar to canapes).
After a while, Leyla's boyfriend Fernando joined us.
Leyla's half Peruvian and half British. We met at Queen Mary University where we did the same degree. After we graduated, she moved to Peru and I came to Spain.
What a beautiful and happy coincidence when we found out, we'll be both living in Barcelona this year!
Fernando is Peruvian and he took a year off from his job to be here with Leyla.
He told me that lately he's been watching some documentaries about dating websites and how almost everyone dates through Tinder and Grinder nowadays. It made him think about how difficult would it be to be single again, trying to meet someone. Fernando and Leyla have been together for five years.
The dating was so different back then. I mean you actually went out knowing you'd probably meet someone and possibly go home with them!
You could fall in love spontaneously without knowing when or where it would happen.
On the contrary now it's like everything' s scheduled. You just go on Tinder either wanting sex or hopefully something more. Leading busy lives in big cities, Tinder really is a convenient time safer.
I swear nobody has come forward to talk to me when I was in a bar or cafe alone, writing (I mean it's a perfect way for a guy to approach me) And yeah I haven't done it either... That's true but to be honest I've never even gotten to the point where I was exchanging curious let alone seductive glances with someone. Maybe we just stopped looking around or forgot how to...
I just wonder, what happens to all those people who either didn't find their lifetime partners in the university or don't feel attracted to their colleagues?
Do we really have to all join Tinder in order to meet someone? And if we do, is there a guarantee to meet the one there? Or are we just totally fucked?
Anna and I decided to attend La Femme, a secret warehouse party celebrating the end of Women's week that started with the Women's March.
I contacted one of the organisers who happened to be a DJ and a cofounder of Kommuna 2 project. Kommuna 2 is an event agency that organises rather different events that take place in peculiar locations: warehouses, rooftops, gardens... The objective is to experience music differently, more freely and openly. There is no security or any particular rules in these locations.
La Femme took place in a spacious warehouse. We got the exact address on the very same day of the event. I don't like to go far away from my neighbourhood or the centre of Barcelona but I guess sometimes you just gotta travel a little. They say your comfort zone will kill you so... It took me some time to find the venue which kind of felt like looking for a treasure island.
The warehouse was trendy, with a bar, sitting room and a little stage. Being there was like listening to music in a massive living room, in your favourite lingerie with a cigarette and glass of wine. Who wouldn't like that, right?
People who attended were nothing but creative. Essentially everyone was an artist. I absolutely adored that everyone had its own style; nobody was wearing Zara or Mango. It was all vintage with a splash of nowness. Most of them participated in life drawing and other activities provided. People were resting on sofas, drinking by the bar, slowly swaying on the dance floor and smoking. There was a lot of smoking.
Artists were these incredibly beautiful and talented women, Djs, song writers, poets and painters. Moreover there was a round table with some super women (university professors, activists and entrepreneurs) who tackled issues about unequal gender pay, Trump, stupid assumption that all women are not competitive. To what all of them commented that the real question should be why in the hell being a competitive person makes you better at doing business? Listening to all these strong and wise voices I felt so proud to be a woman. How refreshing and inspiring it was to be among people who didn't just preach! Every day these ladies fight for being acknowledged and respected.
As Christina mentioned while we interviewed her it is hard to be a female DJ. She said that the way you learn djing is through friends who invite you over to play together or play on a party. Of course it's a different story when you invite a girl over. There's just too many connotation there. And that is why Christina decided to organize events like this one and introduce female Djs, artists and musicians.
I believe that these types of events are essential. Not just to celebrate women, female artists but also to talk about things that are important. We need to hear more of these beautiful voices. It was truly a great experience to be part of it.