'this IS my BODY' 

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this IS my BODY, an original multidisciplinary, movement theater/spoken word piece on body image, sexuality and eating disorders, will be presented by Amy Fortoul July 16-17 in Bloomington.

Fortoul is a writer/performer/director/teaching artist and IU alumni now based in New York City. She is producing her own one-woman national university tour of this IS my BODY to raise awareness around the issues of sexuality and eating disorders.

this IS my BODY is a cutting-edge dramatic piece focusing on the relationship between the female appetite for food and sex. The content of this autobiographical work is aggressive and vulnerable, controversial and uncomfortable, personal and political. The work aims to release women who privately battle life in their prison-bodies of shame, and give them permission to return to their natural feminine form.

The play tells how one woman’s repeated patterns develop into an addiction of restraint (anorexia), punishment (compulsive exercise) and bingeing (bulimia). Life becomes a silent, gut-wrenching battlefield filled with shame, and mind and body a battleground against fat. However, by redefining sexuality and recognizing her emotional strength, she learns to channel this newfound female power into a life, which reveres sensitivity, compassion, natural hunger, sexual appetite and a curvaceous healthy feminine body.

Show dates are Friday, July 16 and Saturday, July 17 at 8 p.m. at the John Waldron Arts Center, Rose Firebay Theatre, 122 S. Walnut St., Bloomington. this IS my BODY is recommended for mature audiences. Tickets are $10, students $7.

Plus, June 18, artists, experienced and non-experienced alike, who want to move beyond their comfort zone to fully explore the connection of mind, body, voice and personal story through a four-hour intensive interdisciplinary workshop may take a class with Fortoul. The workshop will be held in the Waldron Center from 1-5 p.m. Cost is $40 per person (sliding scale is available).

For more information, tickets and workshop reservations call 812-332-6884 or 317-432-9237.

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