SOFA

1984 | 00:22:50 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Documentary, Feminism, Gender, Performance, Politics

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Executive Producer, Suzanne Lacy; Director, Steve Hirsch; Editor, Doug Gayeton.

From the performance Freeze Frame: Room for Living Room by Suzanne Lacy, Julia London, Ngoh Spencer, and Carol Leigh, San Francisco, 1982.

A tableau performance featuring 120 women staged in groups of varying ages, occupations, and races, in an upscale furniture showroom in the San Francisco warehouse district. The women talked between themselves about survival before an audience that wandered from scene to scene to eavesdrop. As a final act, the performers gathered in one room to relate personal experiences about stereotypes, pride, belonging and exclusion--the first time during the performance that they spoke directly to the audience.

The performance was a six-month effort to bring together representatives of San Francisco‚Äôs diverse female population for conversations centering on their social circumstances, similarities, and differences. This site-specific performance was presented for the International Sculpture Conference.