Mothers: they birth us, they raise us and then they are forced to watch us grow up and make decisions they would have never chosen for us.
Everything I See I Swallow puts a unique twist on the mother and daughter relationship as we know it and distorts it to reveal all the hard, messy, unfavourable bits that lie between your mother braiding your hair and going on birthday brunches.
It tells the story of a young girl in today’s society trying to live her life and figure out what beauty means to her; unfortunately it’s in constant conflict with all her mother knows and has tried to teach her. She wants to embrace the erotic art form of Shibari (Japanese bondage) as a form of self-expression and empowerment, and her mother wants to go back to a time where she held her in arms, and she couldn’t answer back or refuse her protection.
The whole show was a mixture of theatre and aerial rope work and it is visually magnificent. With one black rope and one white rope, these two very talented actors – sorry artists – have created a thought-provoking, expressive, masterpiece that depicts women fighting for control over their sexuality and the challenges of being objectified in a world where the rules are being rewritten.
It’s the battle of two generations fighting for a way to work together to ensure their relationship whilst fulfilling both sides happiness and comfort. It was moving, it was unexpected and shocking, but it worked against the grain to give audiences a visually, unique experience.
Everything I See I Swallow is truly a piece of art; see for yourself every day, 18:00 @ Summerhall, Demonstration Room.