PEER/BITCH is Henriette Pedersen and Runa Borch Skolseg’s matriarchal shout-out to national epic Peer Gynt. PEER/BITCH moves the plot 151 years forward in time, lets the main characters swap genders, and explores structural unequal treatment concerning who are allowed to behave like an asshole. Norwegian drama’s perhaps most disagreeable main character is not very interested in submitting to society’s norms, but how rooted are gender and sexuality in Ibsen’s text?
“I am no easy bitch from bygda”, says PEER BITCH. The performance lets unstoppable depression, rage, and lust of the flesh trample Ibsen’s structures, inviting the audience in to a cleansing and liberating round dance. Choreographer Henriette Pedersen has worked at the intersection of theatre, dance, and visual art since 2000. Questions related to gender, sexuality, and power structures are characteristic for her work, like this one. Runa Borch Skolseg is a playwright and author, maximalist, and feminist.