The least cryptic thing uttered by Mao Zedong -”Women hold up half the sky”- was inspiration to Peter Green for this 50 minute performance in text, music and lyrics.
The factors which enliven relationships between creative individuals and influence their professional output is complex; saturated with competing desires, dynamic tensions and impassioned acts. Throughout history, womens’ contributions have too often been sidelined; obscured by their partners’ achievements. This is the lot inhabited by couples such as Jenny von Westphalen and Karl Marx, Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette and 3 husbands, and Ella Viola Strom and Percy Grainger. Their stories are explored in ‘Our Half of the Sky’.
Written by Peter Green
Original music and direction by Faye Bendrups
Musician Guillermo Anad
Creative team includes Guillermo Anad Peter Green, Faye Bendrups, Julie Dawson and Claire Nicholls