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.
Documentation of the performance from Københavns Musikteater, January 2014, by Ali Abbasi
Concept and performance by: two-women-machine-show
Sound: Jassem Hindi
Scenography: Sile Dons Heltoft
Light: David Abad
Dramaturgy: Gina Serbanescu
Supported by: The Danish Arts Foundation, Københavns Kommune, WASP, Jardin d'Europe, 4Culture, Arteles Creative Center, Københavns Musikteater