Myths of Rape (1977/2012)

Myths of Rape (2012), a collaboration by Audrey Chan and Elana Mann, was a reinterpretation of Leslie Labowitz-Starus' Myths of Rape (1977), part of Suzanne Lacy's Three Weeks in May (1977). This production was presented by Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) for Three Weeks in January (2012) as part of the Getty Pacific Standard Time Performance Festival.


The 2012 re-invention of Myths of Rape transformed the original piece to raise contemporary concerns around rape, sexual assault, and activism. It was performed on January 18, 2012 at the LA Art show opening night in the Los Angeles Convention Center. Thirty diverse performers enacted compelling tableaux and spatial interventions, wearing presentation boards featuring current myths and facts about rape. The performers created a series of movements (produced in collaboration with choreographer Mecca Vazie Andrews) that formed both intimate moments and bold statements, which activated the site of the LA Convention Center. Drawing inspiration from traditions of feminist agit-prop, the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the Arab Spring, this performance reinforced how activism and performance art are as relevant today as in the past. (photos by Neda Morid)