Nudity in the Upspace, a collection of nude performances and events in PW’s blackbox, has been in action all week, but the main attractions are scheduled for the extended weekend (Thursday, Friday, Saturday). This week of naked exploration, the brainchild (yes, that’s the best word to describe it) of Becca Wolinsky ’14 and Camila Pacheco-Fores ’14, is the first of its kind at Brown. Although it may seem like some high minded experiment in body image and nude theater, Camila insists that the only inspiration for the event came from her experiences in FemSex and curiosity about social taboos: “It’s mostly the idea of talking about and addressing things that people don’t ‘normally’ address and that can be stigmatized.”
Weeks of preparation got every participant comfortable in their birthday suits. The single space and multiple performances proved a bit of a challenge, “[It has] been INSANE trying to organize rehearsals for 3 pieces while events are going on and when there are people in multiple pieces. But it’s been great.” By the end, being naked was less of an obstacle or source of embarrassment for the performers. Pacheco-Fores explains, “It’s been incredible to learn that being naked is just fun! Penises, vaginas, boobs, butts—body parts that used to make me feel awkward and uncomfortable before now I just see as another part of another beautiful body.”
Anyone who walked into the Sciences Library at about midnight last night might have been confused. An inordinate number of people crowded the space, blocking the stairwell entirely.
What is the madness, you ask?
Nearly 45 minutes later, all questions were answered as at least 20 students — entirely in the nude — came marauding down the stairs, handing out donuts to the cheering hoards.
Careful where you get that powdered sugar kids. And watch out for paper cuts.
More pics and commentary here.