Duration: 50 min.
Premiere: Københavns Musikteater (January, 2014)
In June 2013 the duo two-women-machine-show decided to officially declare war upon themselves. Their intention was to overthrow the governing authorship inhabiting them. Taking this rebellion against a dictating inner voice quite literally, they deliberately confused metaphors with worldly violence. In the making of My Body is a Barrel of Gunpowder the duo has therefore been exploring different types of warfare strategies and associating them with a conceptual and body-based practice. They found a resonance between specific warfare glossaries and choreographic displays, delving into institutional military systems and management of bodies down to alternative activist tactics (feminist movements, territorial liberation, suicide missions and guerrilla warfare).
My Body is a Barrel of Gunpowder materialises an inner struggle against self-regime governance. With the use of militarism as source material for a dance against themselves, two-women-machine-show bring forward that fringe moment, in the midst of war, when one looks for what is still standing and what is to come.
In 2014 My Body is a Barrel of Gunpowder received the Danish Arts Foundations annual award:
"My Body is a Barrel of Gunpowder is a hypnotic and alluring performance that with consistency and integrity attacks its audience. In its dramaturgical structure from darkness to light, from language to body and action, and with its increasingly intensive repetitions, the piece appears as a renewal of the classic concept of the tragedy. Crises' and global aggression calls to the West with constantly increasing pressure. The two choreographers' naked bodies literally kicks against us from across the stage floor. The modern tragedy lies in the confrontation with the inevitable. We have to engage."
Concept and performance: two-women-machine-show
Scenographer: Sille Dons Heltoft
Sound artist / Composer: Jassem Hindi
Composer (voice score): Timo Kreuser
Light designer: David Nicolas Abad
Dramaturge: Gina Serbanescu
Sound assistant: Erik Christoffersen
Tech. assistance: René Friis Hansen, Karl Sørensen, Kristoffer Lyngbye (light)
Supervision: Colonel Lars R. Møller (operational conditions under severe stress)
Supervision: Mads Aggerholm (hypnosis)
Video: Ali Abbasi
Photography: Max Markov
Graphic design: Sam Moore
Production: Gry Raaby
Production assistant: Sophie Blendstrup
Administration: Projektcentret i Dansehallerne
In residency: W.A.S.P. (RU), Arteles Creative Centre (FI), Laboratoriescenen (DK)
Supported by: The Danish Arts Foundation, Københavns Musikteater, 4C for culture, Jardin d'Europe, Københavns Kommunes Scenekunstudvalg, Augustinusfonden
Guest performances at KMT: Marie Topp (DK), Julian Barnett & Jocelyn Tobias (US), Ja Ja Ja Ne Ne Ne (PL)
Performed at: Det Frie Felts Festival (DK), Åbne Scene, Godsbanen (DK)