Documentation from the performance at Dansehallerne's Thousand Threads, curated by Bush Hartshorn, August 2013. (The documentation, showing the audience, that appear in the upper right corner towards the end is from a performance at TeaterØen, March 2013)
Mass Hysteria explores the mass hysterical symptoms within choreography, what is also known as ‘unison’. By performing the exact same material, the duo reveals both empathetic and apathetic aspects of crowd culture, through which another unforeseen mass hysteria might appear…
As a foundation the piece is built on a series of strict re-enactments of video’s found on youtube.com that portray real, mass events. In this way the duo appropriates (living) objet trouvé, a term borrowed from visual arts, to a stage-art context. Mass Hysteria is both a plastic representation and a real crowd symptom. A state of multiplication and mass production.
Concept and performance: two-women-machine-show
Light design: Kristine Hamann
Production: Wunderkammer & Sophie Ullerup
Links to original material re-enacted in the performance:
two-women-machine-show is a project name under which the Danish choreographers and performers Ida-Elisabeth Larsen and Marie-Louise Stentebjerg have joined forces. Since their first collaboration in 2011 the duo has been occupied with themes such as mass-phenomenon, monoculture, the uniform, and unison movement. They are currently developing their new work Who’s my Buddy?, which premieres at Københavns Musikteater, Copenhagen in January 2014. Recently two-women-machine-show was awarded with a double grant from the Danish Arts Foundation to continue their research.
For more info see: twowomenmachineshow.com