Avoir du Pois
Avoir du Pois - performed by Brandy Butler
Conceptualized by Brandy Butler and Jeremy Nedd
Dramaturgy: Ante Heckman
Stage Design: Laura Knüssel
Light Design: Ueli Kappeler
Digital Effects: Juan Ferrari
Additional Conception: Dominik Hartmann
The heaviest punishment that the old gods could bestow upon someone as strong as Atlas was to literally carry weight. Weight as in mass. Mass being the measure of Matter. Matter being defined as the heaviness of things.
In our society we often look as weight of an indicator of behavior, especially in relation to how fat someone is because of it. 13% of the world’s population is considered obese. Yet in today’s society there is a constant push by societal structures to prioritize non fat bodies as the only bodies that are acceptable and truly worthy. The current movement of “body positivity” has made obesity more visible, fatness still remains the generally undesirable outlier of human form.
AvoirDupois, or simply translated “the weight of things,” is a critical performative solo piece that blends together movement, text, music and physical experimentation by the Zürich based performance artist, Brandy Butler. In her first solo piece, Butler queries the oversimplification of fat body and weight. Avoirdupois questions what function does weight serve in our society, what projections do we make on a weighted body and for whom are we actually weighing bodies.
Avoir du Pois runs between 40 and 50 minutes.