Using image and action-based performance, Dowry allows audience members to witness the ‘handing over’ of the daughter on her wedding day and its devastating effects. The work is personal and political, pushing the audience to take part in the rituals of the marriage ceremony, questioning customs, traditions and female identity.
Dowry is a durational performance, split into a series of one-to-ones and culminating in a final performance for a wider audience.
“There’s the personal and political journey in Stephanie Elaine Black’s hugely
powerful and sorrowful fragment Dowry, which uses both visual and sensual
imagery to involve each audience member in the experience of women veiled,
laden in gold and bartered away in marriage.”
JOYCE MCMILLAN, THE SCOTSMAN 10.10.1
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Click here for Doug Coombes report of Dowry for ‘In Suffolk’ at SPILL National Platform
© Stephanie Elaine Black , 'Dowry', SPILL Festival of Performance 2014, photographs by Mafe Valen.