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Liverpool acclaimed performance artist explores issues faced by queer women

Issues faced by queer women explored in powerful new show from Liverpool performance artist.

Barely Visible by Rowena Gander is an empowering physical solo performance that explores “sexualisation, (fe)male gaze and what it really feels like to live in the shadows”.

The piece incorporates the use of a 100-kilo vertical pole, of which dance theatre artist Rowena examines control and visibility in what’s been described as a ‘moving and powerful’ semi-auto biographical performance.

Rowena will perform at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool on Saturday 19th February 2022 as part of the venue’s ‘Open Call Programme’ – which saw the piece selected as part of a competitive call for new work – before taking the show to The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University on Tuesday 15th March. A full tour is set to be confirmed very soon, funded by Arts Council England.

Rowena has developed a reputation over the past six years as a performer who creates work that is accessible, powerful, empowering to audiences, and thought provoking.

A 20-minute version of this new show was debuted at Physical Fest in the city last year and received great feedback from the audience, with members proclaiming it was a “powerful exploration of what it is to be a gay woman” and “forceful, clever, and physically skilful”, whilst another said “even though I am not a gay woman, this work still resonated with me on so many levels.”

Barely Visible is directed by Elinor Randle from Liverpool-based physical theatre company, Tmesis Theatre. And as well as showcasing a fantastic selection of music, this new show also features poignant original sound scores from sound designer Noel Jones.

Tickets for the show at the Unity Theatre and at The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University are available now from the venues’ websites. More details on Rowena’s work can be found at rowenagander.com.

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