Beth B., USA 2013, 77min. OV
Nov. 04, 08.30 pm at Kilden kino, Tønsberg, Norway
In cooperation with Tønsberg filmklubb.
EXPOSED profiles eight female and male artists who use their nakedness to transport us beyond the last sexual and social taboos.
These cutting edge performers – operating on the far edge of burlesque – combine politics, satire, and physical comedy to question the very concept of “normal.” Through them, we get to examine our own inhibitions. The film creates a unique perspective, taking the audience into the clubs and other hidden spaces where these artists perform.
It’s satire. It’s parody. It’s a populist blend of art and entertainment that gives new meaning to the word “transgression.” This performance art is powerful and enlightening, and it challenges traditional notions of body, gender, and sexuality. The body types of the performers range from statuesque to transgender to disabled, and their personalities from sensational to scintillating.
Ancient moral, religious and sexual shibboleths are seen from new perspectives, and a new generation of the cultural avant-garde comes to light.
Beth B has followed all the lead characters with a “fly on the wall” camera over several years, capturing rehearsals, backstage preparations, private struggles and triumphs, and the extraordinary performances.
They are taking hold of a classic, yet taboo, art form and driving it to extremes that most people have never seen.
“EXPOSED aligns itself with human liberation movements around the world. Changes in laws regarding same sex marriage and sex-assignment surgery are expanding the definition of what is “normal.” EXPOSED is about liberation of the body…and the mind and allows us to examine our own cultural and social limitations by asking questions that challenge our notions of gender and sexuality.” Beth B & Co-producer, Sandra Schulberg
„For me as a filmmaker and artist there was so much community in New York in the late ’70s and early ’80s. It was a thriving, really vital, important community that doesn’t exist anymore, but I’m finding it a little bit more because I’m seeking it out more. Because of these shopping malls in New York City and millionaires who’ve bought everything up, that community was really pushed out of Manhattan, but now there’s a reinvention of community in small salons happening both in and outside the city.(…) The culture in New York has really become very homogenized. You don’t have the real alternative, underground communities anymore because a lot of it has to do with economics. It can’t survive. That’s why I was so attracted to the burlesque community, because against all odds they firmly planted their feet in venues and said, “We’re going to be here whether you pay us or not.” And they found a way, because they’re entertaining, and smart, and eloquent. They’re profound, and they have found an audience.“ Beth B. about New York/EXPOSED