This article analyses how Banshee Performance works and how caring for one another has had a huge impact on not only the performance and the group but for each of us as women. The nature of the subject that Banshee Performance tackles is extremely sensitive, each woman has a different story to tell about their own experiences with rape or sexual abuse. This is why as a group during the creation of Banshee Performance, caring for one another was crucial, not only caring about the performance but caring for each member and their physical and mental health.
We found as time progress this aspect of caring, came hand in hand with support and respect. Our ethnographic research was autobiographical, our experiences became part of our performance. However without this element of care and support it is possible that our stories would still be a secret. Through our method of caring we made it possible to create an open safe space for all of us to confide in and through each session and each rehearsal Banshee Performance would sit as four women and talk about our experiences with abuse and experiences with feminism and what were our desired outcomes for the show. This daily practice came flawlessly and we began to realise we were researching each other and slowly helping each member remember that they are so much more than what that experience made them feel.
As we progressed in this practice, our mutual respect grew and with that, Banshee Performance became a close knitted group of warriors. We found that this practice plays a pivotal role in how we work as a group and with much support from each other decided to insert our own personal stories into our show. Without that element of care Banshee Performance would not exist as it does today. On a personal note it was an honour to work with such passionate and strong women, everyday I aspire to be as strong as them.
By Riyadh Johnson
Love, Banshee. x