Historically women’s bodies were an important theme of the social norms, linking them with the gender norms especially. As most of us might recall some of the famous phrases as we were growing up; do not sit like that-you’re a woman, you shouldn’t be wearing that-it’s too revealing, you shouldn’t be wearing that-it’s too mannish for a girl, do not touch yourself-you’re not supposed to play with your body. We were not supposed to explore our own bodies because it was a shame, shame-this strong social regulator. However, Rreze came with her dance breaking out against all the social norms, “shamelessly” and beautifully playing with her body.
It started in a dark scene, while we could hear an angelic melody from a harmonic, and lights enabled us to see a woman in a red dress. The melody kept becoming harsher as Rreze was getting “mad”, she was harshly moving and scaring us, the public, scaring us how strong someone independent from social norms can look like. Rreze’s harmonica played no music, she was playing her feelings, inviting us to feel the anger, to feel the peace, to feel the love that she brought in front of us. Her dance is a revolt, revolt against the environment she grew up where she had to cover her feelings, her thoughts, her desires, while something remained inside ready to explode all the time. Dance, the art of moving, is her explosion of everything she kept inside, there she is brave enough to say everything she couldn’t say in another way, she is speaking out through her moves not only for herself but for everyone else who has so much to say but it is silenced. Her performance was enriched with other requisites such as a glass filled with ice, a glass that presented fear, something Rreze tried to touch many times but could not. The moment she is carrying cubs of ice in her hand is the moment she defeated and is above the fear. And why not a glass of wine, having it as a good companion to free ourselves and our bodies.
Rreze presented her performance as a performer and choreographer for the first time in Kosovo after she finished her studies in Tirana, Albania. FemArt is the space for women as Rreze, to come and speak out, to come and share their art with others. FemArt brought a revolutionary dance because we know that the art of moving is a revolutionary art.