BZOU

by Dom Bouffard 

Original text by Penny Cliff

Narrated by Helga Davis

Premiered on Resonance FM          

Little Red Riding Hood is thought to have first emerged in the French Alps in the late Middle Ages in the midst of an epidemic of werewolf (Bzou) trials. From a symbol of adolescent empowerment, she was later turned into a moralising fable by Charles Perrault in "Le Petit Chaperon Rouge," a metaphor for the Napoleonic Rhineland invasion by the Brothers Grimm in Rotkäppchen. In the 20th Century the Nazis made her a heroine of the Third Reich; Angela Carter imagined her as a werewolf’s lover in "The Company of Wolves" and Tony Ross as a New York vigilante. Bouffard interweaves these reincarnations with texts ranging from the infamous "Hammer of Witches" to Valerie Solanas’s "SCUM Manifesto" in a furious, impressionistic, sound journey through space and time, constructed from field recordings, modular electronics, contemporary classical and extreme guitar noise, sewn together with Penny Cliff’s poem "Red Line.

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Helga Davis is a New York-based multidisciplinary artist who works as an actress, singer, writer and composer, as well as a radio and podcast host