Video

Pure Virtue

Tanya Mars

1985, 16:30 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 210.00

"My intention in making this tape is to investigate the broad topic of women and power. By conflating the historical image of Queen Elizabeth 1 with those of popular culture, I am able to illustrate how the relationship of women to power has not significantly changed since the 16th century. An aging Queen Elizabeth 1 talks to you about such things as virginity, love and deception. This fast moving, humorously provocative tape was adapted with the assistance of Colin Campbell from a performance of the same name which was first presented in the spring of 1984." -T.M.

Elisabeth 1ère parle à la caméra, sur le trône royal, dans la rue et dans la chambre à coucher: lieux publics ou privés. Vêtue d'un costume de théâtre, l'effigie élisabéthaine parle crûment et ironiquement d'un sujet intime, la virginité. Soliloque tiré du jargon féministe contemporain, entrecoupé de tirades du discours féminin traditionnel; théâtre vidéographique plutôt que vidéo-théâtre, Pure Virtue est une performance adaptée au medium. C'est à la fois la critique du théâtre traditionnel, celle d'une certaine parole féminine et un questionnement sur la fonction initiale du medium, l'enregistrement.

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