"Our Vaginas, Ourselves" is a play put together by the UK based Chinese Feminist group called VaChina. Adapted from their sister group in Beijing's version, "Our Vaginas" adds a Chinese voice to the legacy of Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues"
"Our Vaginas, Ourselves"
When: Tue 20 March 2018 19:00-21:00
Where: SOAS Main Building, DLT
Our Vaginas, Ourselves – A Chinese Feminist Play
Tuesday March 20th 2018 19:00-21:00
SOAS, Main building,DLT
About Us - VaChina
VaChina is a London-based Chinese feminist group which has members from a variety of UK universities, ranging from SOAS, LSE, Oxford, UCL, UAL to Essex and etc. Founded in September, 2017, VaChina is dedicated to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment among Chinese international students and others who share interests and passion in human right issues in China.
Logo of vaChina
About the Play - Our Vaginas, Ourselves
In 2012, BCome, a Beijing-based sister organisation of vaChina, wrote and produced a 1.5-hours long play named Our Vaginas, Ourselves which adopted the theme and structure of Vagina Monologues. Inspired by the Eve Ensler’s call for the celebration of womanhood, Bcome based the script of Our Vaginas, Ourselves on real interviews and real stories of women in China about their opinions and experiences, showing an unique Chinese perspective regarding gender issues such as virginity, stigmatisation of sex, as well as LGBTQIA equality. As an exploration, new elements such as traditional Chinese cross-talk and interactive discussions are introduced to the play to take it beyond the traditional form of monologue and to further engage the audience. Up until 2017, Bcome has successfully performed 29 shows in 5 major cities around China, educating the public through the medium of performative art. Now in 2018, VaChina will bring their performance to the stage in London and share with the audience 9 of the best scenes from the play.
The show will be performed in Chinese with English subtitles projected on screen.
Eve Ensler’s feminist classic, the play Vagina Monologues inspired feminists around the world. In 2003, the play was introduced by Sun Yat-sen University Professor Ai Xiaoming to the Chinese audience and was staged at Guangdong Museum of Art. From then on, Chinese adaptation and production based on Vagina Monologues spread all over China. Our Vaginas, Ourselves is one of the plays born out of this inspiration.
1 Introduction + Say it
2 The First Night
3 Masturbation Class
5 Sexual Assault
6 Moaning (Crosstalk) (crosstalk is a form of Chinese performative art which is traditionally performed only by men)
7 Menstruation (Music)
8 Sex Workers
9 In the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Our vagina, Ourselves 2018
A special celebratory show for the International Women’s Day
Show time | March 20th, 2018 19:00 - 21:00
Venue | SOAS,Main building,1st floor,DLT
Tickets can only be purchased online
Students | £7
General admission | £12