Retro Perspective - It's a Small House and We've Lived in it Always (2007)

Retro Perspective - It's a Small House and We've Lived in it Always (2007) Julio Pantoja

Video documentation of "Retro Perspective -- It's a Small House and We've Lived in It. Always," performed by Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver of Split Britches as a part of the 6th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, celebrated in June of 2007 in Buenos Aires, Argentina under the title "CORPOLÍTICAS / Body Politics in the Americas: Formations of Race, Class and Gender." Split Britches was founded in 1981 at the WOW Café in New York, United States. The group is part of Staging Human Rights, where they work in prisons in Rio de Janeiro and England. They are also associate artists on the Clod Ensembles performing medicine project. "Retro Perspective" is a short medley of old Split Britches hits that provides a humorous slant on Peggy Shaw's and Lois Weaver's last thirty years of work and play. In "Small House," two explorers lay claim to the same territory. These people have known each other for a long time. They occupy a house that has been divided and subdivided by time and bad habits. They sit on a porch, watch the horizon, and wait for the weather to change. Their only hope is an audience. This video also includes a post-performance discussion with Peggy, Lois, and performance artist Anna Jacobs.

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  • Title: Retro Perspective - It's a Small House and We've Lived in it Always
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:25:32
  • Language: English
  • Date: 11 June 2007
  • Location: Performed at Teatro Empire, Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of the Sixth Annual Hemispheric Institute Seminar entitled Corpolíticas en las Ámericas / Body Politics in the Americas: formations of race, class and gender.
  • Type-Format: performance, cabaret
  • Cast: Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw.
  • Credits: Hemispheric Institute, producer ; Centro Cultural Recoleta, producer ; Split Briches, creator ; Gray Wetzler, videographer.