Ejaculation – Discussions About Female Sexuality (3 stars)

Ejaculation

Self-described documentary performance explores the concept of female ejaculation

'Do you feel sexy?', performer Essi Rossi asks, gazing mildly into the audience. She's expecting answers. This is Ejaculation, a self-described documentary performance from Summerhall's Start to Finnish programme, stitching together interviews, live singing by fellow performer Sarah Kivi, and personal confessionals for a contemplative, uninhibited reflection on female sexuality and pleasure.

Rossi and Kivi are perhaps the perfect people to conduct such a show. Gentle, thoughtful, and curious, they listen closely to interviews about motherhood, queerness, and sex work that they play on their MacBooks, offering their own experiences and desires in moments of remarkable vulnerability. The show centres on the concept of female ejaculation, but it draws in orbiting ideas of sexuality to create a nuanced exploration of women and sex.

There is a lack of ostentatious theatricality to Ejaculation that encourages a deep frankness, but also fails to push any structural or aesthetic boundaries on the stage. With just their poster as a backdrop and very little performance that isn't conversation or song, Ejaculation does not break ground theatrically as it does politically, functioning almost more as mass therapy than theatre. However, for those interested in female sexuality, or searching for a moment of clarity or introspection within the patriarchal noise, Ejaculation is essential.

Summerhall, until 24 Aug (not 19), 8.55pm, £10 (£8)

Ejaculation – Discussions About Female Sexuality

  • 3 stars

From Start to Finnish Is female ejaculation the last taboo? A documentary performance about sexuality and desires based on interviews with women from various backgrounds and countries. Through a personal journey, the performance creates safe space for self-discovery and explores the collective experience of female…

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