THE BAD BREAST

2009

DIRECTOR’S NOTE

“The Bad Breast” evolved from my long held wish to create a “female melodrama”, the kind of genre in which all my favourite gay directors – from George Cukor to George Kuchar – have worked. During my studies I attended the seminar “Psychoanalysis and Feminism”; therefore I am well acquainted with the writings of post-Freudiennes like Anna Freud and Melanie Klein. I have always been fascinated by Klein’s theory of “object relation”. I think that the feminist interpretation of Freud’s rather phallic-centric symbolism is very striking. According to Klein the breast – in contrast to the penis – is the primary childlike object whose presence or absence characterizes the child’s psycho-sexual development. (I better not mention that as a child I was fed with the bottle, and what this implied for my early childhood development, although I am sure that the lasting influence of this fact on “The Bad Breast” will be clearly discernable!) As a student in film science I was very much influenced by Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona”, an interpretation clearly marked by Freud on the relationship between two strong, theatrical women. “The Bad Breast” is an intellectually inebriated mix of psychoanalyst theory, feminism, classical European film art and the melodrama “made in Hollywood”!

Susanne Sachsse already played a part in two of my films, “The Raspberry Reich” and “Otto; or, Up with Dead People”, as well as in two of my theatre projects: “CHEAP BLACKY” – produced at HAU in Berlin – and “Macho Family Romance” – at the Theater Neumarkt in Zurich. It was obvious that I could also convince her to take on the role of the hysterical and nymphomaniac patient in “The Bad Breast”. Katharina Klewinghaus, the courageous actress who personified Medea Yarn in “Otto; or, Up with Dead People”, will play the psychoanalyst. Stage and costumes are by Marc Brandenburg, Planningtorock compose the music, and with Miss Vaginal Davis, Nando Messias, Robin Poitras and Laurie Young „The Bad Breast“ features a series of remarkable creative talents on the stage – with an explicit goal: we want to electrify you and – hopefully – inspire you.

Bruce LaBruce, Toronto 2009

A co-production by HAU and brut Wien, sponsored with funds from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds

 

CREDITS

with Susanne Sachsse, Katharina Klewinghaus, Miss Vaginal Davis, Nando Messias, Robin Poitras and Laurie Young

Stage and costumes by Marc Brandenburg
Music by Planningtorock

A co-production by HAU and brut Wien, sponsored with funds from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds