The women lounge on their sides looking at us from outer space.
Because they are looking at me, I feel far away, like the sea or the sun. From this vantage point, I see that some bodies are to be left alone.
Gertrude Stein once said in a radio interview: “if you enjoy it, you understand it.” I return to this statement every now and again, like a lucky charm. I have fully convinced myself of its truth. And yet, every so often I see a performance in which understanding (of the old-fashioned sort) and enjoying have a more complicated relationship…
The circus aesthetic is born in a queer world from queer artists and disrupts the normative at every turn. The lady with the beard is the ringleader and not in the sideshow … a bridge into this magical world.
—Jennifer Miller, Founder and Director of Circus Amok
“Is it possible for me to be nostalgic for a time I didn’t live through?”