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Saturday 13 October 2018

Dr Carnesky's Incredible Bleeding Woman Puts The Magic Back Into Menstruation @ Brighton Residency

It's time to reverse the curse! Because the revolution will be menstrual!......


Dr Carnesky's Incredible Bleeding Woman goes on a magical, mystery road trip this autumn. Pitching up at venues across the UK, dates include a residency at Attenborough Centre For The Creative Arts in Brighton.

Putting the magic back into menstruation, showwoman and artist Dr Marisa Carnesky breaks the last unmentionable taboo in order to reinvent menstrual rituals for a new era. 

Drawing on the hidden power of a forgotten matriarchal past this all-out genre bending spectacular features a diverse cast including legendary hair hanger Fancy Chance, (Former winner of Alternative Miss World). 

Delivered with tongue in cheek reverence, this newly evolved version of the show embodies a live art/cabaret crossover - mutating between a bizarre anthropology lecture to a magic stage show, to a feminist, activist ritual. 


Referencing representations of women and blood from ancient mythology to classic horror movies, menstruation takes centre stage in a profound exploration of what it means to be "female". 

Issues around fertility, body shame and lost ancient herstories are scrutinised, politicised & reclaimed. 

With a potent brew of surrealism horror and parody, Dr Carnesky presents menstrual rituals utilising all manner of skills, tricks and props and an unstoppable flow of sheer heart and soul.

Marisa Carnesky assembled a group known as The Menstruants to devise ritual performances by meeting every dark moon at Metal in Southend over the course of three months. 

Through a process of performance-making, spell-casting, dream diaries and cathartic sharing, a performance work was created embodying diverse lived experiences of menstruation. From pain to fertility, miscarriage, transgender identity, menopause and religious ritual.

Marisa Carnesky is the Creative Director of Carnesky Productions. 

Previous projects include Carnesky's Ghost Train (2004-2014) and alternative stage school Carnesky's Finishing School. 

Carnesky Productions is interested in the use of spectacle, magic illusions and grand ritual as a means of creating highly accessible provocative work rooted in popular culture to promote cultural and political discourse.

Dr Carnesky's Incredible Bleeding Woman is the result of Marisa Carnesky's Incredible Bleeding Woman research project which she completed as part of a PhD at Middlesex University.

Dr Carnesky's Incredible Bleeding Woman at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton, on 1-2 November 2018. CLICK HERE for tickets.


by: Mike Cobley




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