Author : Alain Platel and Frank Van Laecke
A cat has nine lives.
They have more.
And during their final life, they found each other in a safe ghetto.
If you sneak your way in, you can see them clawing, growling, and hissing.
And when the ghetto is demolished, all lives seem to have been used up.
The trip to nothingness is crushing.
Because even skin has a memory.
Inspired by the penetrating film Yo Soy Así (by Sonia Herman Dolz), in which the closing of a transvestite cabaret in Barcelona affords us a glimpse into the private lives of a memorable group of older artists, actress Vanessa Van Durme collected a number of transsexual and transvestite friends for a project that can be called unique in every respect. Gardenia is not a work of fiction. Gardenia is a singular account, the most intimate of tales. Read more »