TENSE VAGINA: an actual diagnosis

Fri. & Sat. July 14 & 15 at 8pm,  Sun. July 16 at 4pm

Created and performed by SARA JULI

TENSE  VAGINA: an actual diagnosis is about motherhood — its beauty, challenges, isolation, comedy and influence on the human experience. This hour-long evening-length solo uses humor, movement, sounds, songs, text and audience participation to reveal “all that is awesome and all that sucks” when it comes to being a mother.

TENSE VAGINA focuses on the seldom-discussed and taboo aspects of motherhood, such as loss of bladder control, tears, monotony, loneliness and dildos. The narrative is anchored in sharing the physical therapy Sara received at The Pelvic Floor Rehab Center of New England as she sheds light and humor on her treatment of post-childbirth urinary incontinence.

Created and Performed by Sara Juli with an original set by Pamela Moulton, Costume by Carol Farrell and with Lighting Design by Justin Moriarty, adapted by Sabrina Hamilton.

The show runs 1 hour with no intermission and is not appropriate for children due to its strong language, subject matter and dildos.

WE WILL BE PROVIDING ON-SITE CHILDCARE FOR THE SUNDAY, 4PM SHOW.  Please call the box office after July 3 at (413) 542-3750 to reserve and so that we can get information about your child.

 

“Who knew a tense vagina could be so funny?” – Dance View Times

“Tense Vagina is the rare piece that harnesses art and advocacy into perfect harmony, making for an unforgettably hilarious and edifying experience.” – Independent Weekly

“Like a standup routine performed in a supine position while doing Kegel exercises.” – The New Yorker

“Tense Vagina is thrillingly feminist, and very much belongs to the current zeitgeist.” – The Five Point Star

Buy Tickets

Show tickets can also be reserved by calling our Box Office after July 3 at (413) 542-3277. Box Office hours are 1pm – 5pm and 1pm – curtain on performance days, but you can leave us a voicemail message at any time. You can also reserve tickets by emailing kofestboxoffice@gmail.com.

With your security in mind, we cannot take credit cards over the phone or by email, thus phone or email reservations are unpaid, you must pick up your tickets at least ½ hour before the performance, otherwise we reserve the right to release your reservation.

About SARA JULI

Sara Juli has been creating and performing innovative solo work since 2000. Her work has been performed in numerous New York City venues including Performance Space 122, Danspace Project, Movement Research at Judson Church, 92nd St. Y, Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Joe’s Pub as part of the Dancenow/NYC Festival, Joyce Soho, Bushwick Starr, and Dixon Place among others. Nationally, her work has been performed at the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Napa Valley Opera House, Connecticut College, UC Riverside, Artown Reno, SPACE Gallery, 3S Artspace, Franco American Heritage Center, The Dance Complex, and numerous others.

In February 2006, she created and performed her first full-evening solo show, The Money Conversation, where she gave away her life savings ($5,000 in cash), in a sold-out run at Performance Space 122 in NYC. The Money Conversation was an instant hit and toured nationally and internationally from 2007 to 2012 to sold-out houses in the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, London, Russia, and around the United States. The piece received notable press coverage in The New York Times, The New York Post, and Time Out (New York and New Zealand), on Fox Five News and National Public Radio, and in major publications, television, and radio spots abroad.

Sara is the 2017 Maine Fellow for the Performing Arts.

For more information on Sara Juli visit her website.

Sara Juli’s performances at Ko are supported, in part, by a National Dance Project Presentation Grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the 6 New England state arts agencies and  from Art Angels.

Photo Credits: Photo #1: Grant Halverson,  Photo #2: Kristopher Alan Thompson, Photos #3 & 4: Brian Rogers