Lyst #2

LYST#2 – a Performance Lecture / Crave #2 – a Performance Lecture
A performance lecture based on in depth research of the themes sex work and “the prostitute” as a normative construction in Denmark as well as the rest of Europe.

“I challenge you to tell the difference between a naked prostitute and any other naked woman”

With these words, the performer puts her own body on the line in an interactive and intimate performance lecture. The audience is invited into the private, intimate room, where sex work is found, and out in the public space where normative conclusions often collides with the realities, the sex workers themselves experience.  Our performer Eja Due involves herself in a thorough examination of who “the prostitute” is, and what problems concerning her, we encounter in the public debate.

Eja draws on her own experiences and personal research of the subject – because what are the similarities and the differences between her and a sex worker? What impact and consequences does the individual, in this instance the audience, have on the general shaming or acceptance of the whore in our society?

In LYST #2 the audience gets an opportunity to be a part of the debate, and not least have their opinions challenged on the subjects prostitution, sex work and sugar-dating.

The last four years Eja has followed the political debate closely, talked to a variety of sex workers in Denmark and in other countries. She also has an on-going dialogue with researchers, debaters and NGO’s within the field. This ensures that the performance lecture is continuously updated concerning the public debate, changes in laws and thereby conditions for sex workers in Denmark as well as in the rest of Europe.

The performance lecture has a flexible structure. It can be performed in one to one formats (one person as audience at a time), and in versions performed for a larger audience. The performance can be performed site specific and has until now been performed as a pop-up brothel in shops, in hotel rooms and a public toilet.

It also has been performed on a black box scene in Antic Teater, Barcelona. (2015)

The contents of the performance are furthermore local issues, and themes from the city or area, where it is performed, are put into perspective.

Performer: Eja Due
Artistic and Dramaturgical Consultant: Henrik Vestergaard Friis
Photo Credits: Camilla Calundann

LYST#2 is supported by The Danish Arts Council, and has been performed both in Copenhagen and Barcelona.
LYST#2  is presented as part of:


  • CPH Stage, DK
  • Experimental Room Festival, ES


  • Passage festival, Nordic street


as well as presented at


LYST#2 is available for further international touring in 2019 / 2020

For additional information and / or sales, please contact producer Sarah Sarina Rommedahl +4522376047

If you are interested in one to one performances, the site specific versions or the performance lecture as a locally based research and performance project, please contact Theater Beast directly for further information and dialogue on the project. Contact: Eja Due