The performance is a staging of the Hollywood blockbuster Pretty Woman, where we buy a prostitute each night to perform the role of Julia Roberts Vivian, and professional performer Anders Mossling performed Richard Geres role Edward, thus recreating the money and powerbased starting point between Vivian and Edward that the movie has. It took place in three construction site containers placed on the central prostitution square in Vesterbro, Copenhagen.
9 woman from the local drugprostitution scene performs in the play. In the performance, they where given stage directions and lines through an in-ear loud-speaker.
The resulting performance was a very fragile and intense togetherness between audience, actors and the prostitutes inside the containers. As it happened in the film, you very quickly forgot that Vivian was a prostitute, instead hoping for the romance to happen.
We like to see theatre as a form of friendship. In this case, very strange, but intense and warm relations was created between actors, audience and prostitutes. Outside the containers the performance raised a great deal of debate on the subject prostitution, inside the containers it gave the audience the possibility to meet the persons behind the debate without ever letting them speak other lines than the strict dialog of the Pretty Woman movie.
The project is supported by the Danish Arts Council.
Pretty Woman A/S was performed in November 2008 in a container at Halmtorvet in Copenhagen.
“Who gets undressed – the audience or the prostitute, must remain unspoken. Either way, it is original.”
“PRETTY WOMAN A/S is “hand-held” theater with low key acting and a piece of disregarded reality.”
Performers Anders Mossling, Egill Palsson, Nanna Böttcher, 9 prostitutes
Directing Tue Biering, Jeppe Kristensen
Set-design Christian Friedländer
Productionmanager Anders Sylvest
Video design Jonas Jongejan
Light design Antonio Rodrigues Andersen
Sound design Aske Høeg
Stagemanager/props Siri Vilbøl
Assistant director Sanna Albjørk
Production Manager Anders Sylvest
Posterphoto Per Morten Abrahamsen
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