DISORDERED: a one-white-wom(x)n show about anorexia, food addiction, white supremacy, & other bullshit, i mean, disorder

Starring Bella Florence

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October 16, 2022 @ 7:00pm

DISORDERED is a dramatization of my relationship with my body, a lifelong relationship defined fundamentally by race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and—above all—food. For as long as I’ve been alive, my relationship with food has been somewhat flawed, somewhat troubled, somewhat…well…disordered. Whether manifesting as chaotic binging, full-blown anorexia, or a quiet but potent obsession, food has long been my ‘enemy.’ DISORDERED explores my relationship with food and its intersections with my other identities, particularly whiteness. What does it mean to “nourish” a white body in a white supremacist society? What does it mean to repair the harm I’ve done to my body, when I have not repaired the harm my European ancestors did to people they abused, enslaved, and stole land from? I play 16 characters in the show. The task is that of transformation from one character to the next. I had typed ‘fluid’ before ‘transformation,’ but then I deleted it—because maybe they won’t be fluid. Maybe they will be clunky and awkward and arduous and slow. That’s okay. The transformations in the show are practice for the “real thing” – the transformation of my relationships with food, my body, and the ground I walk upon.

Note from Bella Florence: Bella the Character uses she/her pronouns. Bella the Artist uses they/them pronouns. Different times!!

Writer: Bella Florence

Director: Steven San Luis

Running Time: 120 min.

Category: Storytelling, Performance Art, Drama