Egg Charade



EGG CHARADE est une fiction qui raconte, sous la forme d’un double autoportrait, l’histoire de Peggy & Peggy, personnages énigmatiques entretenant un rapport ambigu.

Dans un road trip identitaire, EGG CHARADE explore la question du désir féminin et de la place du corps en lien avec le développement des nouvelles technologies dans le domaine de la reproduction.

Les questions liées aux droits des femmes en matière de procréation médicalement assistée se situent au cœur de nos vies de femmes trentenaires sans enfants et, par conséquent, de notre démarche artistique sur ce projet en particulier.




A work by Aoife McAtamney and Nina Vallon

Welcome to the world of Peggy & Peggy. Guessing games, intriguing situations and a healthy dose of irony are served up in this road movie-inspired performance. Egg Charade confronts some of the difficulties and pressures young women can face when deciding whether to have a baby. Intimate and revealing, this duet combines lightness and intense physical effort with a wry sense of humour.

Contains nudity (and bowling).


Peggy&Peggy  photographed by Luis Diaz Alvarez

Shooting the official trailer for Dublin Dance Festival 2013 on Dublin Essex Street

Photographs copyrights ©Luis Diaz Design and Media

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Peggy&Peggy  in Dublin by Luis Diaz Alvarez

Photographs copyrights ©Luis Diaz Design and Media

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Egg Charade by  Anatoli Nat Skatchkov

Stills Copyrights ©Anatoli Nat Skatchkov 2012

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Egg Charade by Maciej Rusinek

Copyrights Photos ©Maciej Rusinek 2012

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A Charade for Life

So here I am in the chaotic Temple Bar district of Dublin and I am confused. Not only by the location but by the strangeness of the performance I just watched. The two part performance of Egg Charade at the “Projects Art Center,” was a show about the concepts of fertility and the necessary regiments a woman must do to live up to a conventional ideal. The show’s mysterious duo, Peggy and Peggy, incorporated a whirlwind of mystery and humor easily noted by the audience members’ reactions to their performance.  Although quirky and strange, the performance still resonates with me a week after its closing.

Initially, the twists and turns to this performance had me lost. The first fifteen minutes of the performance utilized the public city street. It was the first time I had ever experienced a performance this way. As part of the audience, our aerial position overlooked the street, granting us the ability to watch everyone down below, a necessary component to the performance. We often take so much for granted in life, a simple stroll on the street may be entertainment to someone else who may see the world from a different angle – an idea I felt to be apparent in the actions of the street occupants and the audience members. The awkward and humorous tension between everyone often preoccupied me more than the performance going on before me.  But in light of all this, I am much more aware of the actions I perform everyday, because who knows who I may be entertaining.

This idea of being examined from a different perspective was connected to the intimate second half of the performance inside “The Cube.” From the start, these performers played on the idea of conception and the regiments a woman must go through to conceive. From eating vegetables, aerobic exercises, and (sexual) bowling positions, the characters appear to be shaping up so they can fulfill their biological right of giving life to another. Throughout the performance there was an intimate and sometimes conflicting connection between the two dancers. As the performance progressed, the over-arching theme displayed the idea of molding oneself to fit into the male-dominated world. It was interesting to see a performance like this in Ireland where women ‘s rights are much more limited. But the pressure to fit in exists everywhere, and as a young, American woman who has been bombarded with unobtainable images of beauty for most of my life, I was moved by their ability to let their inhibitions go. The performer’s physical and mental exposure allowed them to find the natural beauty within.



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