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‘Pussy Valley’ Premieres in Minneapolis

‘Pussy Valley’ Premieres in Minneapolis

‘Pussy Valley’ Premieres in Minneapolis

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‘Pussy Valley’ premiered this past weekend in Minneapolis at Mixed Blood Theatre. Written by celebrated playwright Katori Hall, the play explores the depths of strip club culture using pole dancing as an artistic force to drive its narrative. The name alone is likely to raise some eyebrows. The playwright reveals it comes from the nickname of a housing project where she grew up. “These women perform with the skill and strength of Olympic athletes and use their bodies like artists,” said Hall. “They talk about their jobs the way football players talk about their wounds. But we, as Americans, come from Puritans, so we often look down on these women when in actuality they are a combination of super athletes and artists who use their bodies the way painters use brushes.” Inspiration to write the play came when Hall took a pole dancing class at Crunch gym in New York City in 2009. “Pole dancing is no joke,” she said. “I thought I was in decent shape but it requires muscles that you rarely use. After I got into it, I got hooked. I felt totally in touch with my body, totally empowered.” UPA’s Irmingard Mayer starred in a workshop production of the play in NYC back in 2011. She spoke with Ms. Hall about development of the production then in an interview for Vertical Art & Fitness Magazine. The play deals with many issues regarding identity and sexuality. “Growing up in the Bible Belt there’s this weird tension. You’re brought up to be this young girl who is not supposed to talk about it (sex). But I got to this age where men started looking at me.” Hall says in her research for the show she visited strip clubs from Sin City in the Bronx to small clubs along the Mississippi Delta. “The women I’m writing about have constantly been put in a place where their voices haven’t been heard. They are not sluts, they are not whores. They are artists.” To learn more about the show click here. To read a review of the production click here. United Pole Artists shares the latest information regarding pole dancing from all over the world. UPA writes and/or gathers the most up-to-date information so you don’t miss a thing. Have something to add to this story? If you are a registered UPA user, you can sign in, leave a comment and let us know what you think. We would love to hear from you!

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