Romeo is Bleeding
Lydia Schouten, 1982, 11'18''

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In Romeo is bleeding, Schouten tries to break through the deep-rooted man/woman stereotyping. For this purpose, she crosses swords with the opposite sex, in various performance scenes set in brightly coloured décors. As a woman in the setting of self-invented periods and continents, she does things that are normally the prerogative of men. Thus, wrapped in a fur skin, she engages in a spear fight with a man who is dressed the same, and as a Hollywood gangster she cold-bloodedly pulls the trigger of her loaded gun. With the existing balance of power between man and woman, the man almost invariably gets the upper hand; the woman is dependent on him and has no say in things. That this is a universal truth is emphasized by the repeated display of a map of the word on which Schouten's imaginary journeys to various different cultures are marked. Even by those who are not familiar with the work of Shakespeare, the name Romeo is still being associated with the ideal man and paradisiacal eternal love. And it is precisely under this name, 'Romeo', that men are now being made out as primitive creatures who exclusively live to satisfy their banal needs. Deprived of the power that was theirs for so long, there is nothing left for them to do than to submit to Schouten's will. In other words: Romeo is bleeding! Read more...

  • Date: 1982
  • Length: 11'18''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: fiction (artwork genre), theatre
  • Keywords: television (subject), mass media, feminism