NURSE ME: KEZIA
Synopsis: Emerging from the sea’s dark folds, three lone figures are reborn into a post-apocalyptic world. The nurses – bearers of solace, fetish and sexual power – have been drawn back to the center, the vortex, to where it all began.
Produced by Rebekah Kelly, Choreographed by MaryJane O’Reilly
Director's Statement: Wanting to get an artistic response to her most recent dance work, MaryJane O’Reilly – a legendary NZ choreographer – approached me to collaborate on a film. With a love of shooting dance, of course I said yes.
The neo-burlesque stage show In Flagrante, the creation of MaryJane and her husband and collaborator Phil O’Reilly, was the source material for our film. I selected the dance ‘Nurses’ from the line up: it is hypnotic and beautiful, as well as strong and evocative – perfect for our filmic re-interpretation.
MaryJane O’Reilly on ‘Nurses’:
“I wanted to repudiate some of the orthodoxies of burlesque female sexuality; that women are capable of being bad, not just coquettish avatars. An excursion into deep fetish, from colonics to inoculations. A tribute to ‘Nurses’ as sex objects, Bond Girls and custodians of bodily functions.”