I am not here is designed as an 8-step guide on how to censor women’s writing.
In parts dark, funny and brutal, the dance-theatre production looks at the subtle, almost-invisible and insidious ways in which women’s writing has often been flicked to the fringes. Women sit uncomfortably just out of the history of literature, while their male counterparts are accorded the status of geniuses, rebels, and folk-heroes.
I am not here plays out in a boxing ring. Two women performers (Ronita Mookerji and Sharanya Ramprakash) enter the boxing ring, and play out this guide for you, they are affected by their own performance on stage, often at unease with what they must to do to ‘show’ you this guide.
Their bodies constantly transform: they play men, women, and creatures.
A frying pan becomes a metaphor for a chalkboard on which they write and dance their way to 'freedom'; a traditional dance class reveals the impossible ways in which women's bodies are written about, a chick-lit writer reads a review about herself in public …
Abundant with movement and haunting music (by Pallavi MD and Nikhil Nagraj), the play I am not here seeks new form and heightens and complicates an important relationship in the theatre: the one between the audience and performer.
With Virginia Woolf’s Shakespeare’s Sister (from a Room of One’s Own) and Joana Russ’ How to Suppress Women’s Writing, on whose shoulders the play stands.