Hitch's Bitches

1998-2001

collaboration with composer and multi-media artist Todd Winkler

“Hitchcock finds women captivating but dangerous. She allures by nature but she is chief artificer in civilisation, a magic fabricator of persona whose very smile is an arc of deception”. Camille Paglia

 

Hitch’s Bitches is a spoof on the suspense and horror movies of the 1950’s. We are particularly interested in those heightened moments of emotion when the killer arrives, or someone falls off a cliff, and how they are played out with movement and musical clichés. Some of the best examples of the use of these stylised moments can been seen in the portrayal of the tormented blonde starlets in the films of Alfred Hitchcock.

 

In our work, we have refashioned these images and gestures to create a new narrative. Our story begins with our heroine trying to escape an unseen monster. At first, the monster seems to be the ”perfect” woman: An evil Barbie character who will always be more beautiful, more glamorous and more desirable than any mortal woman.

 

But as it turns out the performer is pursued by the most dangerous of all enemies, herself. As she tries to compete with blonde perfection, she is tormented by her inability to realise her ideal self-image. Even in a blissful state of love, unconscious voices constantly peck away at her self-esteem.

 

Hitch’s Bitches premiered in 1998 in Project@TheMint as part of an evening with the Crash Ensemble.

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