An autobiographical and honest exploration of how to be a woman.
After her clever and entertaining confessional shows De Therapie, Bombastische Liefdesverklaring and Is this porn? No, this is love (which came to Tweetakt all three), Julie Cafmeyer once again throws herself back into the cavernous depths of love.
For her latest, candid theatre solo she is sourcing her recent experiences in places such as Myanmar, Ruanda and Belarus: her encounters with inspiring women and her sometimes confusing confrontations with men. She may be a desirable woman to foreign bedmates, but she remains first and foremost a white woman. It upsets the game of power, as Cafmeyer discovers. Suddenly, she is no longer subject to European men’s sexual morals, but the recipient of some puzzling privilege, based on her Western whiteness. A joy, or a source of shame?
Cafmeyer’s style can be described as a-typical stand-up comedy, with a pleasant penchant for exploring uncomfortable situations. Wry, raw and poetic. She keeps stirring up emotions. Whether rage, revulsion or admiration: her shows about being a woman elicit a response. Her questions come from the vulnerable position of a person who is searching. And some questions get prickly answers, as can be seen in Bad Woman.
“Meanwhile, the tempting starting point is still her sense of hunour and the falir with which she showcases her own bad luck in love.” – De Morgen ****
“Cafmeyer (rightfully) stands up for women who refuse to conform to the standard beauty ideal; who do not give in to some societally pre-programmed desire to have children, submitting to one man – and proceeds to share every unwanted opinion this deviance of hers elicits.” – Theaterkrant
Julie Cafmeyer (1987) graduated from Toneelschool Maastricht in 2015 as a director. These days she is a writer and theatre maker. In her work for the theatre she combines autobiographical elements with a transparent style of performing, always looking for ingenious (i.e. interactive) ways to intensify the bond with her audience. Cafmeyer’s popularity in Belgium is growing via classic media. She writes columns for newspaper De Morgen, has a show on Radio 1 and she could be seen in the quiz show ‘De Slimste Mens ter Wereld’. While initially a good deal of attention went to her eventful love life, Cafmeyer now tackles a broader range of subjects via her columns and media presence. She came to Tweetakt with De Therapie (2016), Bombastische Liefdesverklaring (2018) and Is this porn? No, this is love. (2019).