TENDER CONTAINER/KATIE SLY
How To Self-Suspend is an X-rated narrative. Part photo-essay, part rope bondage demonstration, this performance looks at Katie Sly’s existence in three cities: their childhood being raised in instability and violence in Montréal, their ecstasy and injury in the Toronto BDSM community, and where they now live: kiddie-corner to Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. Hot, uncomfortable, and with questionable ethics, this solo performance explores the impact of long-endured trauma, and how that trauma shapes what feels normal. This performance digs into internalized rage and enacts revenge fantasies. How To Self-Suspend candidly excavates the challenges of isolation and recklessness.
Initially developed with the frank theatre company, an excerpt of How To Self-Suspend debuted in 2017 at Swallow-A-Bicycle Theatre’s Discomfort Lab in Calgary.
Tender Container is the collaboration between Katie Sly and diverse artists. This company produces performance that believes in using what you have at your disposal to build something strong and flexible enough to contain your truth, whatever that truth may be, as nameable or unnamable as that truth is. Tender Container’s previous productions include Serenity Wild and Charisma Furs. Charisma Furs will be published in 2018 by Playwrights Canada Press.
Photos by Drasko Bogdanovic
“Sly has an eerily effective presence that at times makes the show feel like a waking dream.”
—Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine
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