DELILAH JUKEBOX (aka DJ) toys with the notion of loops, repetition, and dichotomy (like the A-B sides of a vinyl record). Delilah is not just a woman, she is the embodiment and projection of fear and fantasy; her name conjures diverse images and prejudices of the lover, the traitor, the fallen woman, the temptress, the patriot, the vengeful, etc.
Through a series of repetitions of Delilah’s aria “Printemps qui commence” (from the opera Samson et Dalilah by Camille Saint-Saëns) in a series of domestic spaces, male mezzo Stephen Chen explores the representation of the feminine by deconstructing and re-imagining Delilah; dichotomies further heightened in the splitting of the female voice and female body. Each iteration of Delilah’s aria situates itself in a different scenario and problematic that spans the gamut from degradation to empowerment, to construct new narratives that disrupt prior narratives and expectations of desire and phobia on the strength and weakness of the feminine in its potential emasculation of power and authority. DELILAH JUKEBOX is bookended by ANCESTRIES.