How To Self-Suspend

Thu January 10 - Sat January 12, 2019
How To Self-Suspend

One Yellow Rabbit &
Swallow-A-Bicycle co-present
How To Self-Suspend
By Katie Sly

January 10 – 12, 2019
Thursday – Saturday 7:00pm & 10:00pm
The Studio at The GRAND
608 1 St SW

Part of the 33rd annual High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts

An X-rated narrative that is part photo-essay and part rope bondage demonstration. This performance looks at Katie Sly’s existence in three cities: their childhood being raised in instability and violence in Montréal, their ecstasy and injury in the Toronto BDSM community, and where they now live: kiddie-corner to Vancouver’s Downtown East Side.

Hot, uncomfortable, and with questionable ethics, this solo performance explores the impact of long-endured trauma, and how that trauma shapes what feels normal. This performance digs into internalized rage and enacts revenge fantasies. How To Self-Suspend candidly excavates the challenges of isolation and recklessness.

Initially developed with the frank theatre company, an excerpt of How To Self-Suspend debuted in 2017 at Swallow-A-Bicycle Theatre’s Discomfort Lab in Calgary.