Babes With Blades: The Showcase

Originally conceived as a two-day presentation of fights and monologues entirely assembled by the cast members, the showcase aimed to bring to the Chicago art world an awareness of the large number of stage combat trained women it had in its midst whose talent was being consistently underutilized. Sandwiched in between the self-choreographed pieces, the cast members shared stories about how stage combat had entered and changed their lives as actors and as women.

When the pre-show publicity hit the papers, we were deluged with calls from the general public asking for tickets. The showcase sold out within a few days, then two additional performances also promptly sold out. That was when the light bulb went on: why not help remedy the lack of fighting roles for women by producing an all-female fight show of our own?

Sun Tzu’s daughters learn the peaceful arts
Choreography: Karin McKie
Fighters: Isabel Liss, Karin McKie

Fight in the Dark
based on a Peking Opera tradition, an assassin and a witness must use other senses to continue fighting when the only source of light is gone
Choreography: Jean Adamak, Tere Parkes
Fighters: Jean Adamak, Tere Parkes

if you met yourself, would you like her?
Choreography: Kara Pasierb, Kerry Smith
Fighters: Kara Pasierb, Kerry Smith

The Suggestion of Violence
violence between friends can be erotic
Choreography: Dawn “Sam” Alden
Fighters: Dawn “Sam” Alden, Jennifer Johnson

this dance/martial art is Brazilian in origin
Instructor: Marisa Cordeiro
Coordinator: Tere Parkes
Fighters: The Babes

Chi-town Showgirls
an homage/parody to the characters created in Eszterhaus’ instant Camp Classic
Writer: Lisa Rothschiller
Choreography: Michele DiMaso
Fighters: Michele DiMaso, Lisa Rothschiller

Mean Mommie
Choreography: Rachel Rasinski
Fighters: Rachel Rasinski, Zoe Sjogerman

a slow-motion practice pattern based on the Filipino discipline of Sumbrata
Choreography: Dawn “Sam” Alden
Fighters: The Babes

Mantis Shrimp
from the Nature Series, a study in Shrimp aggression
Choreography: Justine Hartell, Letty Hatfield
Fighters: Justine Hartell, Letty Hatfield

Blushing Brides to Be
Coordinator: Dawn “Sam” Alden
Fighters: The Babes

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