The play Chéri på The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Sweden
Hamadi Khemiri Photo: Sören Vilks
There are so many areas melting together now in mine and maybe your reality, our collective reality. That makes me a bit puzzled where to start. Still I have a strong feeling to share what I observe. Some trends that has been going on for a long time starts to manifest in a wider scense. To be chronological and systematic in my posts just don´t mix very well with my energy right now. So I will stay in my feminine and be as chaotic as I feel like. Hope you can coop with that…
My point is the last sentences at the bottom – if you´re impatient.
The past month I went to a theater performance and a dance performance. What hits me is both performances having androgyne male characters in leading roles. The theater performance was the play Chéri at Swedish Royal Dramatic Theatre – Dramaten with its premiere in december. Based upon a novel by the french author Colette Marchand (and Léopold Marchand) in the twenties and takes place during La Belle Epoque in Paris, France. The main theme of the story is the aging lead character Lea, retarded courtesan, amusing herself with the much younger lover Chéri. Chéri is a very handsome, young fit man with androgynous appearance. He is also a very lonely unloved child with a faiblesse for expensive silk pyjamas and exclusive outfits. With a mood either furious or charming.
About love and age, decadent lives, feeling unloved and having bondings. All wrapped up in most delicate decorations, fabrics, colours and scenography. This is The Belle Epoque – the Beautiful Era in flourishing times during a period filled with optimism and hope. Before ended by World War 2.
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The dance performance was a Swedish set of Swan Lake. A modernised and popularised very cool version of the classic romantic ballet. Here with swans dressed in white fur jackets instead of swan feathers. As addicted prostitutes in the hands of their pimp.
A classic romantic story of true love, the union of two souls and liberation. The lead male character Prince Siegfried (Robert Malmborg)is a beautiful and androgyne being. Not surprising with an androgyne Prince but very refreshing to see in a set that found a youth audience and is soldout its second season.
My point is, HAPPY to see androgyne men being visual role models for younger men of today. And to their mothers and fathers so that we all can free ourselves from the old picture of how men are supposed to look like or be like. Maybe it is to easy as a mother to fall into the feminine role within yourself when your grown-up young boy suddenly becomes a man. I hope to see more brave fathers exposing both their feminine AND masculine part of themselves in the future. Or why not NOW?