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Roxanne - Bar Bario

(16, 17, 18  Dec 2022)


  • Frascati Theater - Mei '22






Artistic aspects of the performance

Rehearsals / Premiere

Scenography and Costume Design - Bar Bario

Character description

Frascati Theater

De volgende informatie is gebaseerd op optredens in Frascati Theater (Amsterdam) - Mei 2022

Een verkenning van de eigenheid van het tussenin zijn en de mythen die we onszelf daarover vertellen.


Wat betekent het om het tussenin te bezetten? Tussen het genderbinaire in. Tussen seksualiteiten in. Tussen nationaliteiten in. Tussen huizen in. Tussen geliefden in. Wat zijn de beperkingen van deze tusseninheid, en kan het bevrijdend werken? 


Deze vragen vormen de basis van Roxanne, een muziektheatervoorstelling-tentoonstelling die creatieve inspiratie haalt uit de cultklassieker Hedwig en The Angry Inch uit 2001. Net als het personage in de film, voelt Roxanne zich beperkt door diens liminale status in de wereld: leven tussen identiteiten. Letterlijk gebonden door touwen en gemaskeerd in stof, vormt Roxanne diens identiteit rond diens beperkingen. Kan die zich ontdoen van de beperkingen die de maatschappij hen oplegt, of is Roxanne voorbestemd om voor altijd gebonden te zijn? 

Door gebruik te maken van een breed scala aan artistieke media - van audio tot mime - probeert Roxanne het tussenin te contextualiseren door middel van tentoonstellingen. Roxanne fungeert als onze ceremoniemeester en leidt de toeschouwer door de verschillende voorstellingen die ons bewust maken van de identiteiten die naast het heteronormatieve bestaan.


Dit hoorspel begint aan het begin van de voorstelling, in volledige duisternis. Luister er dus naar op een donkere, comfortabele en rustige plek. Gebruik indien mogelijk een koptelefoon. Geniet ervan!

The origin of Love (Radioplay)Stem: Steven Van Watermeulen. Tekst: Jordan Scott Hardesty
00:00 / 08:54
Make OverMuziek: Chet Moerland & Nick Verschoor. Tekst: Igor Alvarez Cugat
00:00 / 03:11


Smile and BreathMuziek: Chet Moerland & Nick Verschoor. Tekst: Igor Alvarez Cugat
00:00 / 03:28



Our thoughts

People around the world face violence and inequality—and sometimes torture, even execution—because of who they love, how they look, or who they are. Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of ourselves and should never lead to discrimination or abuse.


Imagine your personal identity, as a thought experiment. What is your nationality? Where were you born? What is your

sexuality? Your gender? What is your race? Your ethnicity? What is your job? Your religion? What other beliefs, roles, identity markers are important to you?


Society by design wants clear answers to these questions. The gender you are assigned at birth can shape your entire life as society projects on you limitations of interests, jobs, and even personality traits. Your nationality too, is thought to be a stable part of your identity as if you cannot lose affiliation with your country of birth.


Life proves to be much more complex than the clear-cut and balanced world that Western society tries to enforce. You can be gender non-binary or agender, bisexual or pansexual or asexual, mixed race, agnostic, a jack-of-all-trades. These identities occupy an in-between, as it relates to societal norms, and that in-betweenness can be felt when individuals

with such identities try to find community.


In reality, those that occupy the in-between are more likely to feel like an Other. Mental health and suicide statistics are often deeply connected to these identities. Philosophers and sociologists like Foucault and Derrida have looked at how those with identities that don’t fit into the boxes of society form identities around their otherness and can even

believe that they are in the wrong. Queer theorists and intersectional feminists have sought since at least the 1980s to repair the harm of society on certain identities and move towards a certain liberation. Small victories have been won in terms of representation and acceptance in greater society, but much of the change has still yet to happen.


Roxanne is a character that occupies the in-between in every form possible. They are the embodiment of this idea. They are bound and limited in her movement, and they are covered in walls. This piece is meant to explore the in-between, and also try to repair the damage that has been done.


We work for a world where all people can enjoy their identities fully.

Written by Jordan Scott Hardesty

The Project - Bar Bario

Artistic and general aspects of the performance

  • This performance was created in order to be performed in different spaces or venues.

  • The members of the creative team in each season should be mostly part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

  • The performance must be different during each season, its aesthetics must be consistent with that of the venue in which it is taking place.

  • The original text may be modified with the authorisation of the dramaturg and director, but it will always maintain the original message and structures.

  • The music, on the contrary, must be respected, you can only choose to play it live or with recorded tracks. The lyrics of the songs can only be modified with the consent of the entire artistic team.

  • The costumes will depend on the fashion designer who is being part of the creative team during each season, so it will always be different.

Rehearsals / Premiere

  • Starting with rehearsals on the week of 28th November 2022.

  • The premiere would be on the 16th December 2022, with one performance per day during the 17th and 18th of December included.

  • Duration of the performance: 60'. The try-out would be the week of the premiere.

  • The Performers will be able to explore the character development through musical theater, improvisation, monologues, and scene study. They apply these skills throughout the rehearsal period for a show presented at the end of the process.

Character description

  • Roxanne

  • Matilda

  • Roxette

  • Roshelle

  • The Bartender

Scenography and Costume Design

        Based on the style of Bar Bario's Creative Hub, we redesigned -as a first idea- Roxanne's wardrobe and the scenario.

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