Author Sarah Berthiaume
Premier : November 2022, Tallinn, Estonia
StoryA triptych is written for three actors. The character of Maude, a freelance and underpaid freelance journalist based in Montreal, Canada, is represented in three parts, the other two actors playing different characters in each part. The storyline follows Maude's increasingly pressured attempt to meet the deadline for his story, Curriculum Opportunities: Cross-Perspectives for the Future. Activities take place in parallel in the Americas, India and Maude's hometown. Suddenly, these locations are confused, throwing characters from one place to another without cause or hindrance. There are many recurring motifs that go through all parts of the triptych, such as new shiny cars, yoga (breathing), underwear called Empowerbra, and no less important nyotaimori tradition, which gives the play its name.
The origin of nyotaimori can be traced back to the food play of wakamezake performed in Yūkaku during the Edo period, where sake would be poured into sex worker's pubic region for drinking purposes. Fuelled by Japan's economic growth in the 1960s, this practice was further evolved by the hot spring bathing (onsen) industry in the Ishikawa Prefecture where the erotic nature of nyotaimori was used as an advertising tactic by the hot spring resorts to attract male customers who were on company trips to the region. The nyotaimori practice dwindled as family and private trips to the onsen destinations became increasingly popular in the 1980s and it was subsequently adopted by catering and sex establishments as an exotic attraction