Original Archive Entry:
Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan were artists in residence at the Western Front editing their tape The Headless Woman from January 9-31, 1998.
A description of The Headless Woman on the Finger in the Dyke productions reads “Performed with live musicians against a video backdrop of death-defying feats, this story-telling piece charts the intertwined lives of the headless woman and her sword-swallowing man. Behind the performer a woman vacuums across Niagara Falls on a tightrope, the bearded lady becomes buried in her facial hair, and a human cannonball never lands. Using metaphors of showmanship, The Headless Woman explores risk and danger; the complexity of desire; and the many parts (and absences) that make up one’s identity. Music composed by Lori Freedman, and performed live by Freedman (bass clarinet) and Marilyn Lerner (piano).”